White Sox general manager Rick Hahn provides major injury update – NBC Chicago

Rick Hahn provides updates on White Sox major injuries originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

the Chicago White Sox are in the midst of a turnaround after a bumpy start to the 2022 season. After losing 11 of 13 games to fall to 8-13 on May 1, a six-game winning streak takes them back to over .500 entering an intra series -division with the Cleveland Guardians.

“When we spoke on opening day, I think I kind of explained that those first two months would be a little tough,” general manager Rick Hahn told reporters Monday afternoon. “Just the nature of the off-season, the shortened (training) spring, the steep schedule expectations at the start of the year was going to create some volatility in the roster and likely performance.

“(We) hadn’t quite expected to lose eight (games) in a row followed by winning six in a row, but it’s not a total shock that we haven’t quite found our sea legs so to speak.”

Injuries also played a role in this volatility. Hahn provided updates on a number of key player pardons during a 17-minute media session, which are summarized below:

Lance Lynn, who underwent surgery to repair a slightly torn tendon in his knee in early April, is on track for an early June comeback, according to Hahn. Lynn could return to the mound for a rehab stint by the end of May, but Hahn said no such plan is set in stone yet.

Eloy Jiménez began sprinting about two weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn hamstring tendon behind his right knee suffered while trying to beat a groundout in the White Sox’s loss to the Twins on April 23 . Hahn said Jiménez was progressing at the rate of his initial recovery schedule of six to eight weeks.

“They look pretty good,” Hahn said of Lynn and Jiménez. “That’s a positive point.”

Andrew Vaughn had his best day in the batting cage since being hit by a pitch — which bruised his right hand — in the team’s April 29 loss to the Angels, according to manager Tony La Russa .

“It’s the most positive day we’ve had where he’s been able to do work that feels a lot like real swings and doesn’t hold back,” La Russa said. “Go in the right direction.”

Vaughn is eligible to be reinstated from IL on May 12. While Hahn said Vaughn likely won’t hit that date “full head”, the second-year outfielder will be back with the club in “the not-too-distant future”. .”

Joe Kelly missed the first month of the season with a right bicep injury but was officially activated ahead of Monday’s series opener against the Guardians. La Russa said Kelly’s use will depend on how the game unfolds, but the veteran reliever is available to pitch. The team won’t use him in back-to-back matches at this time.

Yoan Moncada is also back – and second at bat for the White Sox on Monday – after a right oblique injury suffered in spring training. He and Kelly are fresh out of productive rehab with White Sox AAA affiliate Charlotte Knights.

“It’s great to have them both back,” Hahn said. “Being able to add a quality arm from the back of the penalty area will be very beneficial and we all know what Yoán is capable of to help this attack.”

Aaron Bummer hit the 15-day IL (retroactive to May 7) in a move consistent with Kelly’s reinstatement. Bummer hypertensed his right knee at the end of a May 6 outing against the Red Sox, but he and Hahn are optimistic the injury won’t hold him back longer than his stint in IL.

“A priori, we are quite optimistic that he will be back once the 15 days are up,” Hahn said.

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