Eloy Jimenez to miss White Sox’ series vs. Orioles on bereavement leave

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Eloy Jimenez in the dugout before a game at Yankee Stadium, Sunday, April 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

BALTIMORE — Rookie outfielder Eloy Jimenez will miss the White Sox’ three-game series Monday-Wednesday against the Orioles after going on the bereavement list.

Jimenez’s grandmother died late Sunday, and he returned to his hometown of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He is expected to rejoin the team Friday, when the Sox return home to play the Tigers at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The Sox recalled outfielder Nicky Delmonico from Class AAA Charlotte to take Jimenez’s place on the roster.

Jimenez left with a full blessing from the Sox.

‘‘Absolutely,’’ said manager Rick Renteria, who was notified by Jimenez at 1:30 a.m. Monday. ‘‘He’s close to his grandmother. It’s the right thing to do.’’

Jimenez, who signed a six-year, $43 million contract with two team options March 22, is batting .231/.286/.372 with three home runs and eight RBI. Until Monday, he had played every inning of every game in left field.

Jimenez is very close to his family, including his grandparents. He takes a knee before his first at-bat. On Instagram, he posted (translated from Spanish): ‘‘Lost a very valuable treasure but thanks to God for giving me those good times. thank you, sir, because without you, we are nothing. . . . I will always remember where I lost you but I know you are in a better place and that you will be with me. RIP flower sanchez. I will always take you here with me.’’

The bereavement list may be used when a player finds it necessary to leave his team to attend to a serious illness or death in his or his spouse’s immediate family. He must miss a minimum of three games and can miss a maximum of seven.


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Abreu, who hadn’t homered in 55 at-bats, had been showing signs of breaking out of a 9-for-58 slump he had entering the game.

Delmonico greeted with open arms

Delomonico, who was batting .286/.382/.540 with three homers (two Sunday) and 10 RBI in 17 games at Charlotte, received a warm welcome from teammates when he arrived to take Jimenez’s spot.

‘‘It’s awesome just being back and seeing all the guys again,’’ said Delmonico, who started in left field and went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored before leaving for defensive purposes in the eighth inning. ‘‘I don’t know how long I’m here, but I’m going to do everything I can.’’

Cubbie connection

Renteria managed against his former bench coach with the Cubs in 2014, Orioles first-year skipper Brandon Hyde.

‘‘I love Brandon, my first bench coach on the North Side,’’ Renteria said. ‘‘Very bright young man.’’

Hyde and Renteria both are managing a rebuilding team.

‘‘It can be trying at times,’’ Renteria said. ‘‘But in the end, I always say if you’re developing, you’re winning. Because if you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing, you give yourself a chance to win.’’

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