White Sox's Jimenez: Going to be back 'sooner'

by Daryn Albert - White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez said he is making quick strides in his recovery from a torn hamstring. "We're gonna be back sooner than later," he said Tuesday.

White Sox's Jimenez: Going to be back 'sooner'

Chicago White Sox's Eloy Jimenez recovering faster than expected 8:03 PM ET Associated Press CHICAGO -- White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez , who was expected to be out six to eight weeks after suffering a torn hamstring on April 23, said he's making quick strides in his recovery, is pain-free and has been running and swinging. "We're gonna be back sooner than later," Jimenez said Tuesday. The White Sox are counting on Jimenez to bounce back in a big way after he missed much of last season because of a ruptured left pectoral tendon. He was off to a slow start with just eight hits in 36 at-bats before he was injured trying to beat out a grounder at Minnesota on April 23. Editor's Picks White Sox's Anderson has ban reduced to fine 7h Jesse Rogers The 25-year-old slugger felt it as he was running toward the base. He then stretched for the bag, stumbled and was taken from the field on a cart. Jimenez had surgery a few days later. Jimenez's injury is similar to the one that sidelined White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal for almost two months last season. Right-hander Lance Lynn also is on the injured list with a similar issue after he was pulled from his final start of spring training with right knee discomfort. "When I went down ... I was just a little frustrated because I wasn't feeling good," Jimenez said. "And then, that happened. Right now, I feel pretty good with the result that we have." Jimenez smacked 31 homers as a rookie in 2019 and followed that up by hitting .296 with 14 home runs in 55 games during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. He was limited to 55 games last year after he was injured trying to make a catch on a home run during a spring training game.