Jimenez (quadriceps) will be shut down until the start of spring training, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports. This doesn't come as a huge surprise, as the outfield prospect was already scheduled to complete his stint in winter ball at the end of next week. Jimenez will now work on rehabbing the issue ahead of spring training, though nothing suggests his availability will be in jeopardy due to this injury. Prior to getting hurt, he produced a stellar .448/.500/.759 slash line for Gigantes in the Dominican Winter League.
Jimenez is day-to-day with a quad strain in the Dominican Winter League, James Fegan of The Athletic reports. Jimenez was expected to be shut down soon for the holidays anyway, so the injury likely won't cost him too much time. It doesn't appear to be serious enough to threaten his availability at the start of spring training. The young outfielder had been on a tear in eight games for Gigantes in the Dominican Winter League, hitting .448/.500/.759.
Jimenez will not be called up this season, James Fegan of The Athletic Chicago reports. The White Sox refuted reports Sunday that Jimenez wasn't going to be called up, but general manager Rick Hahn confirmed the reports Monday. The team claims that Jimenez's defense is the reason he'll remain in the minors, but it's quite obvious that service-time concerns are the primary reason. That likely means that Jimenez will be held down for the first few weeks of 2019, only for his defense to be suddenly deemed adequate.
Jimenez reportedly will not be recalled by the White Sox in September, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. According to Nightengale, the White Sox will keep Jimenez in the minors for the remainder of the season due to service time considerations. Although disappointing, the move isn't surprising in the slightest with the White Sox in the midst of a lost season. The 20-year-old has crushed the ball between Triple-A Charlotte and Double-A Birmingham this season, posting a .341/.387/.585 slash line with 22 home runs in 405 at-bats.
Jimenez went 3-for-4 with a triple, double, walk and three RBI for Triple-A Charlotte in its 10-4 win over Gwinnett on Sunday. Jimenez has tallied at least three hits in three of his past four games for Charlotte and owns a 1.027 OPS across 199 plate appearances in the International League since earning a promotion from Double-A Birmingham in late June. It's evident at this point that Jimenez is ready for a taste of the majors, but due to service-time considerations, the White Sox may not be willing to indulge him until 2019.