1:05pm: White Sox GM Rick Hahn announced that Jimenez has suffered a ruptured left pectoral tendon and will require surgery. He is indeed expected to miss five to six months of action, putting his entire season in jeopardy.
12:55pm: White Sox left fielder Eloy Jimenez exited yesterday’s Cactus League game with an apparent injury to his left arm after he attempted to rob a home run, and it looks as though the Sox have been dealt a substantial blow before the season even begins. Dan Bernstein of 670 The Score tweets that it’s a “serious” injury that will cause Jimenez to miss considerable time, and Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM tweets that Jimenez has sustained a torn pectoral muscle that could sideline him for as long as five to six months.
An absence of any length for Jimenez would be a notable hit to the White Sox’ chances, but losing Jimenez for the majority of the season is a particularly emphatic gut punch for the South Siders. Jimenez, 24, belted 31 homers as a rookie in 2019 and improved across the board in his rate stats in 2020, slashing .296/.332/.559 with 14 dingers and 14 doubles in just 226 trips to the plate. He was on a tear this spring as well, hitting .319/.360/.532 with two homers, two doubles and a triple in 50 plate appearances.
More to come.