White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson was removed from tonight’s game with the Angels after sustaining a hamstring injury while trying to hit a groundout to first base. According to the official announcement For the Sox, Anderson has a left hamstring strain every day.
Leury Garcia he replaced Anderson at shortstop before the bottom of the first inning, and Garcia is likely the backup in case Anderson needs some time on the disabled list. More depth within the field is available in the form of Danny mendick at the minor league level, in addition to other players with MLB experience such as Matt reynolds, Marco Hernandez, and Tim beckham who were in the camp for minor deals.
Of course, there is no way to easily replace Anderson, who emerged as one of the best hitters in the sport the past two seasons. Anderson has hit .331 / .357 / .514 (130 OPS +, 133 wRC +) with 28 homers over 739 PA in 2019-20, winning the American League batting title in 2019 and a Silver Slugger Award last season. . The White Sox were already losing one of their biggest bats in Eloy Jimenez (who will miss most of the season recovering from surgery to repair a torn pectoral tendon) and fourth outfielder Adam Engel, who is sidelined with a hamstring injury.