The injury bug has stuck a few teeth into the Chicago White Sox organization throughout the first month of the season.
The injury issues for the White Sox really began about a month ago during Spring Training. Gordon Beckham began to feel some discomfort on his side during a round of batting practice in the cage.
The MRI results of Beckham’s test showed that Beckham had a strained oblique muscle. Beckham was sent to Double-A Birmingham for a rehab assignment before the season officially began. On April 3rd, Beckham began his assignment by going 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
Since then, the discomfort in Beckham’s side has flared up and he hasn’t returned to game action with the Barons.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura addressed Beckham’s situation:
“Every time he feels something or it doesn’t feel right, it kind of sets him back some,” Ventura said of the 27-year-old second baseman. “Right now he’s just taking a couple of rounds of (batting practice) and taking some ground balls.” -Robin Ventura/Chicago Tribune
As for reliever Nate Jones and his left hip injury, a step in the right direction has been and Jones has been positive since receiving an epidural to help treat the hip injury due to some lower-back issues. Jones was placed on 15-day DL by the Sox on April 5th after a rough outing against the Minnesota Twins.
Jones was asked by reporters about the rehab process on Saturday:
“(The rehab) is a little bit different but I feel like we’re heading in the right direction and feel like we’re taking care of all the symptoms, strengthening the back and hip, all at the same time now.” -Nate Jones/ESPNChicago.com
The toughest injury of the season so far has been Avisail Garcia and the torn labrum that ended his season. According to the Chicago Tribune’s Fred Mitchell (and his source), Garcia’s surgery to repair the labrum is scheduled for Tuesday (4/15). Garcia torn the labrum diving for a ball this past Wednesday in Colorado.
- With Marcus Semien’s recent emergence from his 0-for-13 slump to start the season, missing Gordon Beckham won’t hurt the Sox. Semien is capable of producing for the Sox in the No. 2 spot of the order. Adam Eaton and Semien at the top of the Sox order has been fun to watch in the first 12 games of the year. The speed and jolt those two have given the lineup has been a great sight for White Sox fans.
- Nate Jones hasn’t been healthy all spring and it has definitely shown. His woes have paled in comparison to the White Sox bullpen as a whole. Plain and simple, the Sox bullpen is bad. Really bad. How bad do you ask? In 34 innings, the Sox bullpen has issued 23 walks.
- I mentioned it in my initial post about Avisail Garcia’s shoulder injury, but I feel awful for the 22-year-old. It was only the second series of the year, but you could tell that after a shaky start, Garcia was figuring things out. It has to be tough for your season end less than 24 hours after hitting two home runs in a game.