Left fielder Eloy Jimenez will miss his fifth consecutive start Wednesday when the White Sox look to clinch their best-of-three wild card series against the host Oakland Athletics.
Jimenez suffered a mid right foot sprain last Thursday, and was hopeful to play in Game 1 but was not healthy enough to start, and there was no improvement Wednesday, manager Rick Renteria said. Jimenez will be replaced in left field for the second straight postseason game by Leury Garcia, who came off the injured list to join the team for the postseason.
Renteria said Jimenez is available to pinch hit but not DH.
“You need to be able to run,” Renteria said.
The only change in Renteria’s lineup is at designated hitter. Edwin Encarnacion replaces James McCann and will bat fifth against right-hander Chris Bassitt, the AL Pitcher of the Month for September. Encarnacion is batting .157/.250/.377 with 10 homers in 180 plate appearances and did not start in the Sox’ Game 1 victory against left-hander Jesus Luzardo.
“We’re going to take a veteran who’s been in this dance before and maybe draw on that,” Renteria said. “I know he hasn’t had any positive outcomes against Bassitt in the past but he’s had some really good at-bats. Hopefully we can do something with that.”
Encarnacion is 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against Bassitt and will be the one providing protection batting behind MVP candidate Jose Abreu, who homered and singled in Game 1.
Here is how the Sox line up Wednesday.
Tim Anderson ss