José Abreu carried Eloy Jiménez’s jersey out during pregame introductions on Opening Night, a signal that the Chicago White Sox were going to try to win some games for their injured teammate.
Well, they’ve won a lot of games since.
But many games and many injuries later, they’re in the same place: trying to figure out how they’ll make up for the absence of a key cog.
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This time around, it’s Nick Madrigal, who joined Jiménez and Luis Robert as White Sox players on the shelf with significant injuries that will take months to recover from.
But just as they’ve done without Jiménez and Robert, the first game of the post-Madrigal injury era was another White Sox winner, a 5-2 takedown of the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night.
“Nick was in the clubhouse, everybody is looking at him, missing him and thinking of him, for him,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said, “and we go out against a really good Blue Jays team and get a very tough win.
“It was a really important win for our team based on what happened yesterday, that was a tough day.”
The White Sox are now without a third of their projected starting lineup, yet they manage to keep showing why they’re a first-place team and why they stand among the game’s true contenders.
They’ve ridden their starting rotation this far…