CHICAGO — Thursday’s pregame media session for White Sox general manager Rick Hahn focused on a topic becoming all too familiar during the 2021 season: a significant injury to a core player from this American League Central-leading squad, with second baseman Nick Madrigal becoming the unfortunate subject in this instance.
“’Rick Hahn will address the media following an injury’ is rapidly becoming some of the most depressing words in baseball,” said Hahn in his opening comments.
Madrigal was placed on the 60-day injured list with a proximal tear of his right hamstring. The talented second baseman, hitting .305 with 21 RBIs and 30 runs scored while leading the team with 60 hits, sustained the injury to close out the seventh inning of Wednesday’s 6-2 loss. Madrigal tried to beat out a slow roller to third before he was helped off the field without putting any pressure on his right leg.
According to Hahn, Madrigal will be inactive for a minimum of six weeks. Season-ending surgery and rest and rehabilitation are possible avenues for recovery for the 24-year-old, with a decision to come in the next week.
“Again, it’s not clear-cut that it’s surgical,” said Hahn of Madrigal. “Not to get too technical, but there are three tendons that attach to the hamstring at the top. If all of them are torn, then it’s obviously surgical. Nick has one of the three fully torn and a partial on the other.