Right leg pain slows Eloy Jiménez in rehab for Chicago White Sox OF – The Denver Post

Eloy Jiménez’s rehab mission with Triple-A Charlotte got off to a less than ideal start when the outfielder left Saturday’s game in Durham, North Carolina with pain in his right leg.

He left after choosing to right field in the second inning.

“He felt a tug in one of his swings, not running,” Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa said Sunday. “So after a few hits, they pulled it out. I spoke to (head athletic trainer James) Kruk. It’s not perfect, it’s not what you hoped for, but it still doesn’t change the expectation that he will heal and be on the right track. You just have to be careful with him.

Jiménez has been out since April 23 when he tore his hamstring tendon behind his right knee, requiring surgery.

He went 1 for 2 before exiting Saturday’s game. La Russa said it was described to him as “part of healing”.

“He’s just not 100 per cent yet,” La Russa said of Jiménez, who is day to day. “He knows how he feels and we have to rely on that.”

Sox pitcher Lance Lynn has joined Jiménez with the Knights and is the scheduled starter Sunday night against Durham.

Lynn is coming back from surgery on her right knee to repair a torn tendon. He is eligible to be reinstated on the injured list on June 6.

Back at Guaranteed Rate Field, Sox third baseman Yoán Moncada was not in the starting lineup for a third straight game. General manager Rick Hahn said Moncada, who last played May 25, was “dealing with a quad”.

“It’s not an IL situation but something we want to nip in the bud as soon as possible before it becomes something big,” Hahn said Saturday.

La Russa said: “Our expectation is — and we hope — that he can play on Tuesday (in Toronto). But he’s not feeling well yet, so it might not be Tuesday.

Central defender Luis Robert could be back by then. He has been on the COVID-19 injury list since Tuesday.

“He improved a lot today,” La Russa said. “And if we get the go-ahead, he’s likely to agree to travel to Toronto with us. He made so many improvements. And he feels much better, a little tired when he works. It would be nice to see him.

“He’s done a job, so hopefully we get the green light and he can practice here (Monday morning) before he takes off.”

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