White Sox avoid worst-case scenario with Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson won’t be on the field for a few weeks, but he’s traveling with the team. That’s great news, in the sense that he isn’t undergoing or recovering from surgery for his groin injury, which looked possible when he was helped off the field on Sunday.

Instead, Tony La Russa told reporters before tonight’s game against the Blue Jays that Anderson suffered a mild strain — Chuck Garfien confirmed it was a Grade 1 — and it might only cost him three weeks, rather than the six or more that was initially expected.

In the meantime, he’s the headliner of a series of compromises hamstringing the 25-man roster.

For one, it’s a 25-man roster because while Dylan Cease is on the restricted list due to his unvaccinated status, the rules don’t allow the White Sox to replace him.

That makes some sense, in that teams could effectively bring a 28-man roster to Toronto if two unvaccinated starters handled the last two games of the previous series.

Meanwhile, three other players aren’t expected to take the field tonight. Luis Robert took Anderson’s place on the roster as he comes off the COVID-19 list, but he’s still feeling “a little fatigued.” Yoán Moncada’s status has been extended to day-to-day-to-day-to-day-to-day-to-day, as he’ll miss another start due to his nagging quadriceps issue. To cap things off, AJ Pollock is under the weather.

Add it all up, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Jerry Narron wrote out the lineup card in blood.

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Jim Margalus
Jim Margalus

Writing about the White Sox for a 16th season, first here, then at South Side Sox, and now here again. Let’s talk curling.

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itaita

Over/Under .5 runs for the Sox tonight.

dwjm3

I’ll take the over…lol…

a-t

It’s Gausman on the hill tonight.

a-t

well Vaughn has settled that quickly

a-t

If you had shown me this lineup a year ago, I would’ve assumed the team had been overwhelmed by a covid outbreak, or perhaps victims of a golf course lightning strike

Joliet Orange Sox

I’m going to save my dour for the game (if needed) and spend the next 45 minutes happy that Tim Anderson will be back sooner than I feared.

soxygen

It’s hard to have much confidence in the assessment that TA’s strain is mild after watching him get hurt and helped off the field. But I’m gonna cross my fingers and believe…