Report: Eloy Jimenez to be activated Monday
It is growing increasingly likely that White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez will be activated from the disabled list on Monday ahead of their scheduled game against Houston. NBC Sports Chicago reported that Jimenez was no longer with Triple-A Charlotte during their game on Sunday and Nicky Delmonico was optioned to the minors after the Sox weekend series against Toronto.
Jimenez has been on the injured list since he sprained his ankle leaping for a home-run ball in an April 26 game against the Detroit Tigers. Add in the three games he missed prior to that contest while spending time on the bereavement list, and Jimenez has taken just one major league at-bat since April 21.
White Sox manager Rick Renteria weighed in:
“He’s been down, what is it a month right now? It’s not a huge step backwards,” Renteria said Sunday. “The reality is it’s going to be about how quickly he gets back re-acclimated to all the work he’s been doing previous to going down and then continuing to adjust.
“It’s the games that are going to give him the experience and the things he needs to do in order to improve in different aspects, whether it’s hitting or on the bases or in the outfield. It’s the game action that will continue to be the test to see if the work that’s being done is actually bearing fruit.”
While the top prospect came in with high expectations, he has not yet lived up to the billing, owning a .241/.294/.380 slash line and three homer runs and eight RBI in his first 21 games as a big leaguer. In five games on the rehab assignment in Charlotte, he slashed .318/.318/.500 with a homer, a double and five strikeouts.
I would expect to see Jimenez be activated and receive regular playing time, because why not? The White Sox aren’t winning anything this season with a 21-24 record and 8.5 games out of first place in the AL Central. Everyday at-bats will help Jimenez grow into the player most around baseball believe he will be.