CHICAGO -- Eloy Jimenez, the White Sox top prospect per MLB Pipeline, should be back in action next week as part of extended spring training after sustaining a mild pectoral strain while lifting weights at Camelback Ranch in Arizona."After he gets a few of those under his belt, he'll rejoin
CHICAGO -- Eloy Jimenez, the White Sox top prospect per MLB Pipeline, should be back in action next week as part of extended spring training after sustaining a mild pectoral strain while lifting weights at Camelback Ranch in Arizona.
"After he gets a few of those under his belt, he'll rejoin [Double-A] Birmingham," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said of the power-packed outfielder. "Mild issue but unfortunate because you obviously don't want to see any guy miss any amount of time.
"He played catch yesterday. He's slowly ramping back up baseball activities. Again, project him playing extended games sometime next week."
Right-handed pitcher Alec Hansen, the team's No. 4 prospect, is starting a throwing program in order to build back up from a forearm muscular issue that surfaced during Spring Training.
"It's actually similar to something that apparently he went through in high school," Hahn said. "So it wasn't a shock to him that he was experiencing this, and obviously it turned out to be something he could put behind him. We wanted to make sure he was 100 percent healthy and pain free before starting to ramp up a throwing program, which we've now done."
Hawk and AJ: Together again
As Ken "Hawk" Harrelson began his 34th and final season in the White Sox television broadcast booth, A.J. Pierzynski continued to push for Harrelson to be part of the Hall of Fame. Pierzynski, a key member of the 2005 World Series championship club and now a White Sox ambassador, was in town to throw out a first pitch prior to Thursday's home opener.
Pierzynski and Harrelson have known each other since the catcher was an up-and-coming player in high school. He pointed out Harrelson's catchphrases as part of people's everyday vernacular outside of baseball, but Pierzynski also loves Harrelson's White Sox passion.
"He genuinely cared about the White Sox every game," Pierzynski said. "That's the thing you try to portray. If you really do care about the game, you care about what's happening and you care about when guys do it right. That was a big thing for me always was doing it right, playing it right.
"Always on the broadcast, you can feel that when you watch. I said it earlier, him not being there even now, I turn on games and I know he's not going to do it, but I turn it on, Jason [Benetti] is doing great, [Steve] Stone is great, but for some reason when I turn on a White Sox game, it hurts my heart a little bit not to hear his voice. It still gets to me every time because it's so different."
Harrelson said there was no plan to take an extra look around on his last Opening Day in the booth.
"Every Opening Day is different," Harrelson said. "It's something I look forward to, but after the first inning or two, poof, it's gone. Then you're right into the game."
The duo still plans to broadcast a game together this season, probably sometime in August.
Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.