MINNEAPOLIS — White Sox left fielder Eloy Jiménez departed Saturday afternoon’s contest against the Twins at Target Field in the top of the second inning with right hamstring soreness after being thrown out at first base on a slow roller to third.
Jiménez, who has been starting as the designated hitter this week while dealing with left ankle soreness, hit the base awkwardly with his left foot, but then seemed to injure his right leg with the next step. Jiménez fell face-first to the ground, and after being checked on by Daryl Boston, the White Sox first-base coach called for help. Jiménez was taken off by cart, with Gavin Sheets taking over in right field and Andrew Vaughn moving to left.
The White Sox already have been hit hard by injuries just 14 games into the regular season. Third baseman Yoán Moncada is sidelined by an oblique strain, with manager Tony La Russa saying pregame that he still feels something when swinging left-handed. Right-hander Lance Lynn is on the injured list after surgery on his right knee, while Luis Robert is out this weekend in Minnesota due to a right groin strain.
Left-hander Garrett Crochet was lost for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Opening Day starter Lucas Giolito returns on Sunday after missing two starts due to an abdominal strain.
Jiménez missed almost four months of the 2021 season after having surgery to repair a ruptured left pectoral tendon.