White Sox take Eloy Jimenez off rehab assignment

Jimenez is dealing with “normal leg soreness” and will be taken off his rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte, general manager Rick Hahn said Thursday.

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Eloy Jimenez is coming off his rehabilitation assignment, general manager Rick Hahn said Thursday.

Eloy Jimenez is coming off his rehabilitation assignment, general manager Rick Hahn said Thursday.

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White Sox left fielder Eloy Jimenez is dealing with “normal leg soreness” and will be taken off his rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte, general manager Rick Hahn said Thursday.

Jimenez had surgery to repair a torn hamstring tendon behind his right knee April 26. He exited his first rehab assignment game May 28 when he felt discomfort and has played in six games in 11 days since then, going 4-for-17 with no extra base hits.

Jimenez will be out at least five days, and Hahn said the hope is he restarts the 20-day rehab clock next week. It’s possible he won’t need all 20 days.

“Doing this move allows us to remove any of the time pressure from the original 20-day clock,” Hahn said.

Hahn would not characterize the Jimenez development as a setback. He said catcher Yasmani Grandal and Lance Lynn, who had similar surgeries, experienced the same type of soreness Jimenez is dealing with.

“It’s not a new injury. It’s not a reaggravation,” Hahn said.

Wednesday would have been the 11th day of the rehab stint. The limit for injury rehab stints is 20 days.

The Sox (26-29) are still looking to get on track offensively and are looking forward to having Jimenez back to add some punch. A career .268/.314/.499 hitter with an .813 OPS, injuries limited Jimenez to 55 games last season and 11 so far this season.

He was batting .222/.256/.333 with a .590 OPS when he tore his hamstring running out a ground ball in Minnesota.

Jimenez hit 31 homers as a rookie in 2019 but has only 25 since. He played 55 of 60 games in the shortened 2020 season and won a Silver Slugger Award as the best offensive player at his position.

Lynn next week?

Lynn texted manager Tony La Russa saying he “felt good” despite giving up eight runs (seven earned) in three innings in what could have been his last rehab start for Charlotte on Wednesday.

“He’s optimistic he’ll join us [next week],” La Russa said. “The thing now is to evaluate how he feels today and tomorrow before they make the final decision, but he was optimistic.”

• Hahn didn’t commit to a rehab assignment for shortstop Tim Anderson (groin) next week, but that’s the hope.

“We’re not quite there yet, but he’s progressing real nice,” Hahn said.

Burger’s impact

Jake Burger has been a lifesaver with his offensive contribution in a lineup full of non-producers.

Burger is 12-for-39 with four homers, four doubles and 12 RBI in his last 11 games. Burger homered in the 11-9 loss to the Dodgers but also made an error that led to six unearned runs in the fifth inning.

“He’s making a real statement, and normally if you prolong that, you find a way to get in there,” La Russa said before the game. “But, again, players can be distracted by their success, or the manager talking about [him.] But what you want him to do is concentrate on the day he plays for as long as he’s here. And if he keeps doing it, obviously you can’t ignore it.

“But, it’d be a mistake to start thinking long term, like ‘Maybe I should buy a house.’ He’s gotta concentrate on the moment.”

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