April 14 update — Eloy is back in the lineup on Friday night against the Baltimore Orioles:
Wh Sox Eloy Jimenez DH batting 4th— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) April 14, 2023
April 12 update — Manager Pedro Grifol told reporters ahead of Wednesday’s game in Minnesota that Jimenez could return “soon,” possibly even when first eligible on Friday.
“He’s close. That can happen soon,” said Pedro Grifol of Eloy Jiménez’s return. Jiménez is first eligible to come off the IL on Friday— James Fegan (@JRFegan) April 12, 2023
April 5 — The Chicago White Sox announced on Wednesday that slugger Eloy Jimenez is headed to the 10-day IL with what the team is calling a “low-grade” hamstring strain.
Prior to today’s game vs. San Francisco, the #WhiteSox placed outfielder Eloy Jiménez on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to April 4) with a low-grade left hamstring strain and recalled infielder Jake Burger from Class AAA Charlotte.— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) April 5, 2023
The move is retroactive to April 4th, which means that the earliest Jimenez could return to action is next weekend — although James Fegan of The Athletic reports that a timetable of two to three weeks is more likely.
It marks yet another health setback for Jimenez, a former top prospect who’s flashed immense talent but who appeared in just 194 total games from 2020-2022. He appeared to put his injuries behind him entering the 2023 season, and gaudy numbers in Spring Training — combined with the team’s commitment to playing him less in the outfield and more at DH in an effort to keep him healthy — had White Sox fans hoping that this would be the year the 26-year-old would finally put it all together.
Chicago recalled Jake Burger from Triple-A Charlotte to take Jimenez’s place.