White Sox Eloy Jimenez leaves first game of rehab mission with right leg pain

White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez, playing in his first rehab assignment for Triple-A Charlotte in Durham on Saturday night, left the game with right leg pain after fielding a right single on his second at bat .

Jimenez, who underwent surgery to repair a torn right hamstring tendon behind his right knee on May 26, hobbled slightly immediately after the swing. After reaching first base, the Knights coaching staff encountered him halfway down the line as he began to walk toward the third base dugout.

Yermin Mercedes’ pinch ran for Jimenez, who was the designated hitter.

Jimenez’s timeline for a comeback has been estimated at six to eight weeks from the time the injury occurred. He’s been training with the Sox for about three weeks and appears to be recovering quickly.

“He is the product of the miracle of modern science,” Sox manager Tony La Russa said on May 12. “Days after surgery he was walking around without a limp. He’s jogging, he’s rocking. Now what that really means is what we don’t want to do is go forward X days and it would be unwise to lose it.

La Russa respects Kapler’s choice, not the method

Manager Tony La Russa said he respects Giants manager Gabe Kapler and his decision to stay off the field during the national anthem. But he disagrees with Kapler’s method of protesting the latest mass shooting in the United States.

“He’s absolutely right [concerned]including many of us, who don’t care what is happening in our country,” La Russa said.

Kapler said this week he would stay at the clubhouse during the anthem. He wrote that he “disagrees with the state of this country”.

“Where I disagree is that the flag and the anthem are not appropriate places to try to voice your objections,” La Russa said.

La Russa was asked about Kapler’s position before the Sox face the Cubs on Saturday. He said this form of protest is a disservice to servicemen and servicewomen.

“Talk to any military person who puts their life on the line,” La Russa said. “Part of their courage comes from what the flag means to them and when they hear the anthem.”

The Two Sox will miss the Toronto series

General manager Rick Hahn said two players who are not vaccinated will be shortlisted for the series in Toronto from Tuesday through Thursday.

The Canadian government requires a second dose of vaccine – or a dose from Johnson & Johnson – at least 14 days before entry. Players shortlisted for not being vaccinated against COVID-19 do not get paid or accrue major league service time.

Hahn said he was proud of the organization’s high number of vaccines “and it set a really good example for others.” The fact that a few people exercised their right to make that choice, I respect that. And look forward to their return.

Moncada sits – again

Yoan Moncada has left quad pain and was available for a pinch hit on Saturday, but may not start until the team arrives in Toronto.

“He’s felt an adjustment a few times now, so I’ll try to keep him away from those two and expect him to be available during the week,” La Russa said. .

Robert will not face the Cubs

Luis Robert, on COVID IL since Monday, won’t play in the Cubs series and may be for Toronto, but is expected to return for the Tampa Bay Rays series next weekend, Hahn said.

Chicago teams support the cause

The Chicago Sports Alliance, a collaboration of the White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls and Cubs with support from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, is pledging $300,000 to the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation and the Robb School Memorial Fund.

The Alliance was created five years ago to address gun violence across the city, dedicated to lending its collective influence and resources to support proven data-driven solutions that impact the root cause of the armed violence.

Extra rest for Kopech

Likely starters for the Jays: Giolito Tuesday (five days off), Kopech Wednesday (nine days), Cueto (four days) in Toronto.

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