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Chicago White Sox expect Eloy Jimenez to return to lineup Monday

Mar 15, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez against the Chicago Cubs during a Spring Training game at Camelback Ranch Glendale. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 15, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez against the Chicago Cubs during a Spring Training game at Camelback Ranch Glendale. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa said Sunday that he expects outfielder Eloy Jimenez to rejoin the starting lineup for Monday’s game at the Kansas City Royals.

Jimenez has yet to play this season after tearing a pectoral muscle while making a play in the outfield during spring training, which required surgery.

By returning to the team at the end of July, Jimenez would beat his original timetable to return from surgery by a month.

Fourth in voting for the American League Rookie of the Year award in 2019, Jimenez has batted .276 with an .848 OPS in 177 career major league games over two seasons. He has 45 home runs with 120 RBIs.

La Russa said Jimenez could be the White Sox’ designated hitter or left fielder for Monday’s game.

Chicago entered Sunday’s action at 58-40. Its division lead stood at 8 1/2 games following a win by the second-place Cleveland Indians Sunday.

–Field Level Media