Aloy Jimenez’s rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte got off to a less-than-ideal start after the outfielder was ruled out of Saturday’s game in Durham, NC with pain in the right leg.
He went single in the second innings and went to the right field.
“He felt the stretch in one of his swings, not running,” Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa said on Sunday. “So after some batting, they backed him. I spoke to (Head Athletic Trainer James) Crook. It’s not perfect, it’s not what you’d expect, but it still doesn’t change the hope that he’s recovering and on his way. Just have to be careful with that.”
Jimenez has been out since April 23 after he tore the hamstring tendon at the back of his right knee, which required surgery.
He went 1-for-2 before leaving Saturday’s game. La Russa said it was what he described as “part of the treatment”.
“He’s not completely 100% right now,” La Russa said of Jimenez, who is on a day-to-day basis. “He knows what he feels, and we have to trust him.”
The Knights are joined by Sox pitcher Lance Lynn Jimenez and scheduled starter on Sunday night against Durham.
Lynn is working his way back from surgery on his right knee to repair a torn tendon. He deserves to be reinstated from the injured list on June 6.
Back on the guaranteed rate field, Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada was not in the starting lineup for the third game in a row. General Manager Rick Hahn said that Moncada, who last played on May 25, “was dealing with a quad.”
“It’s not an IL situation, but something that we want to get started as soon as possible, before it turns into something big,” Hahn said on Saturday.
La Russa said: “We hope – and we hope – that he will be able to play on Tuesday (in Toronto). But he is not feeling well right now, so it may not be Tuesday.”
Center fielder Luis Robert may come back by then. He is on the list of injured related to COVID-19 since Tuesday.
“He had improved a lot today,” said La Russa. “And if we’re allowed to move on, chances are he’ll be fine to travel to Toronto with us. He’s improved so much. And he’d feel a lot better, a little tired, when he worked on something.” It would be nice to see him.
“He has done some work, so hopefully we get the green light and he can work here (Monday morning) before we take off.”