Contrary to the common occurrence of bad news, the White Sox were able to provide several positive injury updates ahead of tonight’s game.
Perhaps the biggest news is about the left-handed reliever Aaron Bummer, who will begin rehab with the Triple-A Charlotte Knights on Tuesday night. The southpaw was seen throwing a mock game over the weekend, hinting that a return to action could be near.
Bummer, 28, is 0-1 with a 3.06 ERA (6 ER/17.2 IP), 21 strikeouts, one save and nine catches in 20 games in 2022. He last appearance for the White Sox on Tuesday, June 7 vs. the Dodgers, and was eventually placed on the 15-day IL with a left side stump.
“We’re definitely heading in the right direction and things are starting to look a lot better,” Bummer said in an interview a few weeks ago. “Once we complete this rehab mission, we will be ready when the time comes.”
The southpaw’s trip to the injured list marked his second of the season. Bummer had already missed some time in May with a sprained right knee. With his latest injury, all eyes seemed to be on a September comeback and if all goes well, it looks like Bummer will live up to those expectations.
While we’re on the subject of returns, receiver Yasmani Grandal was spotted in the dugout during Tuesday’s batting practice. According to the White Sox manager Tony La Russa, Grandal will likely be activated from the injured list in time for Wednesday night’s game. Whether he feels well enough to catch remains to be determined.
Grandal, 33, was suffering from inflammation caused by hyperextending his knee on base run during the Cleveland series a few weeks ago. The backstop was injured trying to score on Elvis Andrus‘ singles at centerfield. Grandal was unable to leave the pitch under his own power, but further tests on his left knee thankfully revealed no acute damage to the ligaments, tendons or cartilage around the knee.
The veteran safety net has struggled mightily throughout this season and has struggled with knee injuries for the past few years. He’s hitting .203 (51-251) with five doubles, three homers and 21 RBIs in 74 games in 2022, his third season with the White Sox.
Finally, we end with a big development concerning Garrett Hookwho recovers from Tommy Jean operation. According MLB.com’s Scott Merkintoday marked the first time Hook has pitched since season-ending proceedings.
Hook’s initial injury occurred in the eighth inning of a March 31 Cactus League game against the Cincinnati Reds. After starting the frame with a strikeout, the Tennessee product went 3-1 on the next batter before being reviewed by the coaching staff. Although there is no video of the incident, reports from the time indicate that he kicked the ball past home plate and was unable to move his left arm on the off.
Hook, 23, has a 2.54 ERA in 59 career relief appearances, striking out 73 in 60.1 innings pitched. Once back in full health in 2023, it remains to be seen if the team brings Hook back into a reliever role or moves him into the starting rotation. Regardless, his first full campaign in 2021 has prepared him well for an expanded role in the future.
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