Delmonico is expected to play left field -- possibly on Opening Day -- and serve as a designated hitter this season, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Delmonico, a corner infielder by trade, was thrown into the outfield last year. As an outfield newby, he needs to work on his outfield defense, with getting better reads at the top of his list. It will be interesting to see a full season out of the 25-year-old, who quickly became a fan favorite on the south side last season as a result of a red-hot start. Delmonico reached base safely in his first 13 games and had six home runs in his first 19. He'll have the luxury of playing for a team still in rebuilding mode, so he'll have the space to improve his defense and maintain a regular spot in the lineup as long as he's hitting. The organization's outfield prospects -- Eloy Jimenez, Blake Rutherford and Luis Robert -- are not expected to arrive in Chicago until 2019 and 2020.
Delmonico will be shut down from all activities for 3-to-4 weeks while recovering from shoulder inflammation.
Delmonico missed the last two games of the regular season with a shoulder injury, and now he will give it some rest before resuming activities without any restrictions. The 25-year-old should be good to go long before the beginning of spring training, so this doesn't warrant much long-term concern, barring any setbacks. During the 2017 season, Delmonico slashed .262/.373/.482 with nine home runs and 23 RBI in 43 big-league games.
Delmonico (shoulder) returned to Chicago and is therefore unlikely to play again this season, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.
The team has not said that his season is over, but considering the White Sox have nothing left to play for, it would be odd for Delmonico to hop on another plane just to get back to Cleveland for Sunday's season finale. As an unheralded 25-year-old rookie offering surprising production (.262/.373/.482 with nine home runs in 166 plate appearances), Delmonico makes for a difficult offseason evaluation. If he continues to hit in 2018, he should get all the at-bats he can handle, but it would not be surprising for his production to take a significant dip as the book gets out on him.
Delmonico (shoulder) is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Indians.
Delmonico was forced to exit Friday's contest with a strained left shoulder injury, and will remain out of the lineup while Rymer Liriano picks up a start in his place. There has been no word on the status of Delmonico at this point, although the club is expected to provide an update prior to Saturday's affair.
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