White Sox get good news on Eloy Jimenez, Josh Harrison
Jimenez suffered only a bruise when he fouled a ball off his left ankle Wednesday night — he could’ve pinch-hit against the Mariners on Thursday. Harrison has back soreness but “should play” this weekend against the Rays, manager Tony La Russa said.
The White Sox have had tough injury luck in the first two weeks of April, but they received some good news Thursday — Eloy Jimenez and Josh Harrison are OK.
Jimenez, who left Wednesday’s game against the Mariners two innings after he fouled a ball off his left ankle, suffered only a bruise and was available to pinch-hit, though he was not used against the Mariners.
Harrison, who left in the seventh inning Wednesday with back stiffness, still has soreness but “should play some time this weekend” against the Rays, manager Tony La Russa said.
Jimenez, who had homered in his first at-bat against Mariners reigning Cy Young Award winner Robbie Ray, said he was relieved to wake up without much discomfort after not being able to walk well.
“It was good because I’m tired of that,” said Jimenez, who missed the first 99 games last season after rupturing a left pectoral muscle in spring training. “It got me pretty good.”
Lambert rues walk
Jimmy Lambert, who allowed two runs in three innings as a fill-in starter, rued one mistake that proved costly — a four-pitch walk to Eugenio Suarez after retiring the first five batters he faced.Jared Kelenic followed with a two-run homer off the right-field foul pole.
“It was the four-pitch walk that was the killer,” Lambert said. “Leadoff walks and two-out walks — they’ll always come back to bite you.”
La Russa was noncommittal about a second chance for Lambert. The Sox play every day for the next 10 says.
“That spot comes up fairly soon,’’ La Russa said. “He’s likely to get it, but you don’t want to make that decision right now. I was impressed with the way he competed and the stuff he has. He can pitch in this league.”
Anderson Severino struck out leadoff hitter Adam Frazier looking with the bases loaded to end the eighth inning, then pitched a scoreless ninth in his major-league debut. He walked one and struck out three.
“I was really impressed,” La Russa said. “Brought him in with the bases loaded, and he throws a 3-2 strike and comes back out. It’s all about command because he’s got good stuff. It was a tough situation. They had momentum and we were struggling, and he got outs.”
The Sox’ game against the Rays on Friday will only be available on Apple TV+. First pitch is at 6:10 p.m.
This and that
Leury Garcia’s early-season struggles continued. Garcia made two errors and went 0-for-4 to remain hitless for the season (0-for-17).
Garcia started 0-for-10 and 3-for-28 last season and finished at .267.
† Jose Abreu went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts to drop to .227.
† Rookie Tanner Banks pitched two more scoreless innings in relief of Lambert.
RAYS AT SOX
Friday: Drew Rasmussen (0-0, 4.50 ERA) vs. Dylan Cease (1-0, 1.80), 6:10 p.m., Apple TV+, 1000-AM.
Saturday: Corey Kluber (0-0, 0.00) vs. Michael Kopech (0-0, 2.25), 1:10 p.m., NBCSCH, 1000-AM.
Sunday: TBA vs. Vince Velasquez (0-0, 2.25), 1:10 p.m.. NBCSCH, 1000-AM.