Tilson sidelined with stress reaction in foot

February 19th, 2017

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox outfielder Charlie Tilson sustained a stress reaction in his right foot and he will be shut down from impact activities for 10 days.

Tilson will be re-evaluated at that point. A MRI was done Saturday on Tilson's right foot, showing the stress reaction. This latest injury could be considered somewhat disappointing for Tilson, who has worked so hard to come back from a torn left hamstring sustained in his lone game with the White Sox last season.

But the left-handed-hitting native of Wilmette, Ill., hopes to turn a negative into a positive.

"Certainly I guess you could say I'm disappointed, but it's a very minor setback and it's part of the process," Tilson said. "I had a major repair, and these things come up, and hopefully we can minimize them as much as we can, and hopefully this is the last one. I'm just going to deal with it and do whatever I can to move forward.

"It's certainly something I'm aware of, my right leg early on in the process of recovering was bearing a lot of weight. As much as I try to stay even and that's a lot of what the rehab is, unfortunately something like this came up. Fortunately we were very proactive about it."

The issue started minimally enough for Tilson, but he wasn't able to work through. He addressed it early enough to White Sox head athletic trainer Herm Schneider that they were able to avoid anything more serious keeping him out for a longer period of time.

In 2013, Tilson sustained a stress fracture in the same right foot.

"We don't foresee it to be a long-term issue," manager Rick Renteria said. "By being able to shut him down now, it'll be something he'll be able to recover from. We'll just readjust his timetable."

"I'll be able to isolate my left leg and continue to strengthen that," Tilson said. "So really the recovery process doesn't stop, and it will definitely give my feet a break. I'll take it in stride, and I should be hitting again soon and playing catch. So really, no big deal."

In his first at-bat for the White Sox after being acquired from the Cardinals in a trade for Zach Duke, Tilson singled off of during a game in Detroit on Aug. 2. Two innings later, Tilson's season ended when he tore his left hamstring chasing a drive to right-center.

Rick Hahn put a healthy Tilson as the early leader for the starting center field slot in the general manager's opening comments of Spring Training. The team also has non-roster invite , who figures to break camp with the team, along with and prospects and as center-field options during Tilson's absence.

"I'm very confident in myself and still very confident in my body," Tilson said. "It was a major repair I had, so something like this doesn't come to me as too surprising. It's just good to be aware of, and I'm fortunate enough to have a great training staff to get me back."