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Injuries & Moves: Kelly making progress

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Keep track of the White Sox recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

2B Josh Harrison (lower back stiffness)
Expected return: Day to day
Harrison left early from Wednesday’s game and was out of the lineup on Thursday afternoon. Manager Tony La Russa believes Harrison will be back some time this weekend. — Scott Merkin (Last updated: April 14)

RHP Joe Kelly (right biceps)
Expected return: Unknown
Manager Tony La Russa received good reports this weekend on Kelly’s last throwing session in Arizona from those who watched him. “I think he [was throwing in the] mid 90s with no discomfort,” La Russa said. “He had a little more stamina. Got a little tired sooner last time. This time, he kept right through the throw. He’s making progress.”

The plan is for Kelly, who is working his way back from a nerve issue in his right biceps, to eventually pitch in a few games for Triple-A Charlotte before returning. But La Russa said that plan is not completely set.

“With his experience, sometimes, it may not be necessary. I’m not sure if that’s been decided,” La Russa said. “Same thing with hitters. You go down there, and all of a sudden the lights are not good, or you’ve got to hit [against] a pitcher that doesn’t know what’s going on. You’ve really got to be careful with some of those assignments.” — Scott Merkin (Last updated: April 17)

3B Yoán Moncada (strained right oblique)
Expected return: Unknown
Manager Tony La Russa said on April 16 that Moncada was still feeling discomfort in the oblique. He has been on the IL since April 4.

“Still not good. He’s getting better, but there’s still some discomfort when he makes certain moves,” La Russa said. “He’s going to have to be able to go full bore, with the swings and the workouts and the running, before you can realistically say, ‘Hey, X days from now.’”

La Russa said Moncada felt pain when swinging, doing defensive work and running. — Jared Wyllys (Last updated: April 16)

OF AJ Pollock (strained right hamstring)
Expected return: Late April
Pollock has been away from the White Sox since April 10 for the birth of his child and with the injury. Manager Tony La Russa said Pollock was up to 80-85 percent as of April 15, and the team could send him to Triple-A Charlotte soon for a short rehab assignment. — Jared Wyllys (Last updated: April 16)

RHP Lance Lynn (right knee tendon tear)
Expected return: Two months
Lynn is back with the team after having surgery last Tuesday. He considers himself ahead of schedule and the team is going on how he feels, but added eventually getting off the mound will really tell the team what it needs to know. “Anything you do, stress-wise, on flat ground is not near as much as it is on the mound,” Lynn said. “So we’ll see, when it comes to that time, how we feel. And then after that, it’s building that pitch count, and that takes a minute.” — Scott Merkin (Last updated: April 13)

RHP Lucas Giolito (abdominal strain)
Expected return: Unknown
The White Sox Opening Day starter departed after four one-hit innings, six strikeouts and just 61 pitches. Manager Tony La Russa said on Saturday that Giolito is optimistically expected to miss two starts, and he was placed on the 10-day injured list on Tuesday. — Scott Merkin (Last updated: April 12)

LHP Garrett Crochet (UCL damage)
Projected return:
Out for the season
Crochet was set to move into the Michael Kopech starter/reliever hybrid role in 2022, but is headed for Tommy John surgery as the left-hander confirmed Saturday. Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery early this coming week. — Scott Merkin (Last updated: April 2)

DH Yermín Mercedes (fractured hand)
Expected return:
Early to mid-May
Mercedes suffered a hamate fracture in his left hand while taking a swing during a game on March 24. A CT scan confirmed that diagnosis the next day, and he underwent surgery performed by hand specialist Dr. Jason Le on March 28 in the Phoenix area. — Scott Merkin (Last updated: March 28)

RHP Jonathan Stiever (right lat surgery)
Expected return:
TBD
Stiever, 24, underwent season-ending surgery on his right lat on Aug. 23, 2021. He spent most of last season with Triple-A Charlotte but made one start for the White Sox. His move to the 60-day IL, coupled with the addition of Yoan Aybar, leaves the White Sox 40-man roster at 40. — Scott Merkin (Last updated: March 24)

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