The White Sox issued a statement shortly after Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported the organization will not be calling up Jimenez. The statement, per Tom Musick of the Chicago Sun-Times indicated general manager Rick Hahn will meet with the media before Monday's game to discuss the organization's final callup list.
The statement reads as follows: "No final decision has been made on the entire list of Chicago White Sox callups for September. General manager Rick Hahn plans to meet with the media before the game Monday to discuss the final list after all affected players have been informed of the club's plans." It's no secret that Chicago wants to delay Jimenez's service clock as long as possible -- on a performance basis alone, the outfielder would be in the majors by now -- and the White Sox are not the lone organization practicing this strategy. So, we wait until Monday to learn Jimenez's final fate. In the meantime, the player's agents have said they might file a grievance if he's not promoted. The potential exists that this may cause long-term damage to the relationship between the club and player.
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 (illness) won't return to the lineup Tuesday for Triple-A as he continues to battle flu-like symptoms, Scot Gregor of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
Jimenez has been held out of the lineup since Sunday as he deals with the illness, but isn't expected to be sidelined for an extended period of time. The 21-year-old is still considered day-to-day as he nears a promotion to the big leagues.
White Sox player development director Chris Getz said the organization's top prospect is nearing a promotion to Chicago. "He has done nothing but perform," Getz said. "This guy's been able to drive the ball to all fields. He's been able to set up pitchers. ... He's got a pretty good arm. We just want to make sure he's as ready as possible. We're getting really close." Jimenez, 21, continues to dominate at Triple-A Charlotte, batting .376 with eight home runs, nine doubles and 18 RBI in 29 games.
Jimenez was held out of Sunday's minor-league action due to illness, James Fegan of The Athletic Chicago reports.
Chicago's top prospect isn't expected to remain out of the lineup for long, and he'll be considered day-to-day moving forward. Jimenez appears primed for a September callup, as he's been tearing the cover off the ball at Triple-A Charlotte. He's slashing .376/.425/.679 with eight homers and 18 RBI through 29 games.
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