Ow factor: Can White Sox maintain grip on first place despite major injuries?

How much more can the White Sox withstand?

With Nick Madrigal’s serious hamstring injury that landed him on the 60-day disabled list Thursday, one third of what was supposed to be the Sox’ Opening Day lineup will miss most of the season.

Somehow, some way the Sox have maintained their grip on first place in a very winnable American League Central and are, in the view of many, the team to beat in the entire AL.

But Madrigal’s loss will be felt. He was playing his best baseball of the season and “is a big, big part of our club,” manager Tony La Russa said.

If the Sox do meet their goal of getting to the World Series they might have to get there without the two-strike hitting master who swings “a magic wand” as La Russa puts it, but won’t be able to use it because of a proximal right hamstring tear.

With a complete tear of a tendon connected to the hamstring and a partial tear of another tendon, season-ending surgery is possible. It will be a week before a path to Madrigal’s recovery can be determined.

“We’re exploring options,” Hahn said.

Outfielder Brian Goodwin was called up from Triple-A Charlotte, which will allow outfielder-infielder Leury Garcia to play more second base. Danny Mendick played second in Thursday’s game against the Blue Jays, and the pair will split time, La Russa said.

Hahn will also explore trade options.…

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