"If not now, when?" That was the Cubs' explanation for dealing their remaining prospect gold for Jose Quintana in mid July. Eloy Jimenez, who headlined the White Sox's return, seemingly embraced the same mantra, doing more damage with his bat than any other hitter in the minors after that trade. He hit .348/.405/.635 with 11 home runs, 16 doubles and a 37:17 K:BB in 195 plate appearances across stops at High-A and Double-A with his new organization. Unlike the game's other elite outfield prospects, the chiseled 6-foot-4 Jimenez won't be contributing with his legs, but profiles perfectly as a middle-of-the-order run producer. He has the raw power to string together 40-plus homer campaigns in his peak seasons, but in this era of widespread power, his potential to hit .290 or better might be just as appealing. With just 18 games under his belt at Double-A, Jimenez's ETA is difficult to peg. He could be ready for the majors in July, but if the White Sox are disciplined enough to hold him down in a non-competitive season, they would gain an extra year of control.
Jimenez was optioned to Double-A Birmingham on Wednesday. This was an expected move. Over four appearances in the Cactus League this spring, he went 4-for-7 with two home runs, one triple and three RBI. Jimenez, one of the game's top prospects, battled a knee injury over the first few weeks of camp, but he's at full health heading into the regular season.
Jimenez (knee) entered Saturday's game as a pinch hitter and hit an opposite-field, two-run home run. Jimenez has been slowed by a knee injury this spring but had been improving over the week. The White Sox announced he was slated to start Sunday, but he'd been badgering manager Rick Renteria to play, so the manager relented and allowed him to pinch hit a day earlier.
Manager Rick Renteria confirmed that Jimenez (knee) will be in the starting lineup for Sunday's contest against the Diamondbacks. Jimenez has been sidelined since late February due to tendinitis in his left knee, but is set to make his second Cactus League appearance when the team takes on Arizona on Sunday. Renteria will likely be cautious with the top prospect and ease him back into game action, so don't be alarmed if he only plays a few innings or gets the day off Monday.
Jimenez (knee) hopes to play in Sunday's Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks after competing in drills Friday. Jimenez is set to be a full participant in all activities yet again Saturday, which would mark three consecutive days that he has been able to go through all of his drills. The outfielder is working his way back from tendinitis in the left knee, but should be fully operational by early next week, giving him a couple weeks to return to full speed before the regular season commences.
Jimenez (knee) was a full participant in all activities Thursday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. With a seemingly clean bill of health, the top prospect hopes to return to game action Saturday. Manager Rick Renteria still considers his return date TBD, but it seems like Jimenez is coming around well nonetheless. He should be 100 percent for the start of the regular season barring any setbacks.
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