Injuries & Roster Moves: García day to day

June 19th, 2021

Keep track of the White Sox recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

ROSTER MOVES

June 17: recalled from Triple-A Charlotte
Burdi, 26, was the corresponding move for right fielder Adam Eaton being placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained right hamstring (retroactive to June 15). The Burdi addition gives the White Sox nine relievers. 

“We want to make sure at this point, knock on wood, we've been able to take care of our starters and relievers without getting into danger areas,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “We want to make sure that we can compete and the thing about the DH, even though we're at 12 players, there's three guys on the bench and we really don't have a heavy pinch-hitting kind of thing that goes on. So it was more to protect our pitching staff.” 

Burdi’s only appearance with the White Sox this season came on April 19 at Boston, where he allowed one earned run on three hits while striking out three in three innings. He was 0-2 with a 5.59 ERA in nine games with Charlotte.

INJURY UPDATES

Day-to-day

CF Leury García (right knee soreness)
Expected return: TBD
The versatile switch-hitter bruised his right knee sliding into home two days ago, and manager Tony La Russa said it was “barking” on him.

“If you're holding him out because he's sore, there are a lot of situations when you feel comfortable pushing it, it wouldn't aggravate it,” La Russa said. “I hope so, because we're going to be a little short, but I just don't know the answer. Try not to use him and hopefully, we get through it without him.”

10-day IL

OF Billy Hamilton (right oblique strain)
Expected return: TBD
The fleet-footed outfielder had been making steady progress but felt something while taking a swing Thursday.

“So take it easy with him today,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “You need to pass all the tests for a number of days before you really feel comfortable throwing him in there, whether it's even going out on a rehab assignment.

“I do know that yesterday he felt a little pinch, so the workout was backed off. Just take it day by day.” (Last updated: June 18)

OF (strained right hamstring)
Expected return: End of June
The 32-year-old has been battling through various points of soreness over the past month. He is batting .195 with seven doubles, two triples, five home runs, 27 RBIs and 30 runs scored in ’21. Eighteen of those RBIs came in April.

“Just trying, this gives us a shot here before we get deeper into the season, just get him well,” manager Tony La Russa said. “He's dealt with it, he's gone out there like a good competitor and it takes away from his game. The decision was made, just get him well.” (Last updated: June 17)

RHP (left hamstring soreness)
Expected return:
TBD
Manager Tony La Russa said there were a lot of positives from Kopech’s side session prior to Tuesday’s game. 

“I still don't think that his leg is 100 percent comfortable with some of the maneuvers that you have to do in your delivery, especially maybe even running,” La Russa said. “So improving, but still not a green light to where we think we know when he'll actually pitch again.”

Kopech last pitched on May 26 against the Cardinals, when he suffered the injury.

"Quite frankly, the moment he went down I thought it was something far worse than whatever we’re going to wind up dealing with here, a three- or five-week or whatever hamstring strain," general maager Rick Hahn said. "He feels good.

"There’s just one little spot in his delivery where he feels it a little bit, and we’re not going to mess around. Until he 100 percent feels nothing in his delivery, we’re just going to continue to treat and progress until we get there. But he’s in a good spot. There’s not long-term concern here." (Last updated: June 16).

60-day IL

LF (ruptured left pectoral tendon)
Expected return:
TBD
The White Sox issued a pregame statement Monday announcing that Jiménez has been medically cleared to resume baseball activities at the White Sox complex in Glendale, Ariz. after suffering a ruptured left pectoral tendon at the end of Spring Training. That phase of the rehabilitation process is estimated to take a minimum of four weeks, after which Jiménez could be cleared for a rehabilitation assignment with a Sox affiliate. The White Sox added there remains no set timetable for Jiménez’s return to the team, but the news remains highly optimistic.

“We’re not to the point yet where we’re ready to declare Eloy’s back on such-and-such a date,” Hahn said. “It’s trending the right way. Luis [Robert] is trending the right way; certainly very optimistic that both will contribute this year. But the Deadline’s not for another six weeks, and we’re going to know a heck of a lot more about each of those two before the Deadline.

“For Eloy, in particular, the biggest test is probably going to be extension on his swing since the repair was on [his left] arm, and that’s when it’s going to be most tested. Obviously he’s going to get a ton of swings in before he even joins an affiliate, much less on a rehab assignment before he’s active here. So we’re going to have an understanding of physically where they’re at, what load they can handle and if the injury’s a factor at all once they’re active. Do we have to monitor their workload, for example, once they’re active.” (Last updated: June 16)

LHP (microdiscectomy)
Expected return:
TBD
Fry had the procedure done to relieve pressure in his lower back. The southpaw has made eight injury rehab assignments, including June 15 against Jacksonville, with a 2.08 ERA, 11 strikeouts, three hits allowed and seven walks over 8 2/3 innings for Triple-A Charlotte. 

“I read the reports and I think ... mostly his outings have been OK,” La Russa said. “There's still more, and then sometimes there's a caution not to push it too far. I don't know if there's a date that we expect him to possibly be here in Chicago.” (Last updated: June 16)

2B (proximal tear of his right hamstring)
Expected return: 2022

Madrigal had season-ending surgery, as announced by the White Sox on Tuesday through the following statement:

“White Sox second baseman Nick Madrigal underwent successful surgery today to repair the proximal tendon tears in his right hamstring. The procedure was performed by Drs. Nik Verma and Shane Nho at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Madrigal will miss the remainder of the 2021 season.”

The statement also pointed out that Madrigal is expected to be without restrictions by spring of '22.

“I think you're always better off with the positive side,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “There's always a positive, and that is, to have the surgery ... it clears away some uncertainty of if he tried to come back and there's scar tissue.

“This way, it's a way to put it behind him and he can start fresh. I think it's a real positive development, the surgery went well.” (Last updated: June 15).

CF (right hip flexor tear)
Expected return:
TBD
The five-tool talent sustained a right hip flexor tear while beating out an infield single in the first inning of a loss to Cleveland on May 2. Robert and the White Sox opted against surgery, but his timeframe for return was not changed by that decision. Per general manager Rick Hahn, Robert will be away from baseball activities for 12 to 16 weeks.

“Both he and Eloy [Jiménez] are progressing well,” said Hahn of Robert, who is approaching the six-week mark since the injury. “Their trajectories are both good and we remain optimistic on both returning at some point this year.” (Last updated: June 10)