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White Sox GM Rick Hahn addresses litany of injuries

It might have been quicker for Hahn to list healthy players and prospects than injured ones.

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn has been a blur the past several years, with his latest signing being closer Liam Hendriks.
Sox general manager Rick Hahn acknowledged the team has faced a spate of injuries this season.
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It might have been quicker for White Sox general manager Rick Hahn to list healthy players and prospects than injured ones.

Hahn opened his 25-minute media session Friday by listing the latest round of injury setbacks.

Hahn said that right-handers Ryan Burr and Jimmy Lambert had season-ending Tommy John surgery this week and that right-hander Zack Burdi, the Sox’ first-round pick in 2016, tore a knee ligament and will have season-ending surgery.

Another right-hander, Ian Hamilton, will miss the rest of the season because of facial fractures and lost teeth suffered after being struck by a foul ball in the dugout several weeks ago at Class AAA Charlotte.

Meanwhile, a bruised left heel has sidelined third baseman Jake Burger, the Sox’ first-round pick in 2017, and it is uncertain whether he will return this season. It is the same foot in which he twice tore his Achilles tendon last season.

Last but not least, shortstop Tim Anderson has a sprain high on his right ankle that might keep him out for four to six weeks.

The latest wave of injuries extends an unwanted trend for the Sox, who already have lost several young players. Left-hander Carlos Rodon and right-handers Michael Kopech and Dane Dunning are among those who have missed most or all of the season.

‘‘On the individual basis, you feel for the kids,’’ Hahn said. ‘‘At the same time, on a macro basis, it doesn’t come as a surprise. It’s part of what happens when you accumulate a great amount of talent. You’re going to have some setbacks.’’

Hahn acknowledged the spate of Tommy John surgeries in the organization and across the majors. He defended the Sox’ training methods but said it was important to be open-minded about new approaches to keeping pitchers healthy.

‘‘I don’t have a great answer for what is the root cause of this,’’ Hahn said. ‘‘We’re going to continue to look at ways to try to get better in those training methods to hopefully stem the tide that we’ve been going through for the last few months.’’