White Sox’ Eloy Jimenez leaves first game of rehab assignment with right leg soreness

White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez, playing in his first rehabilitation assignment for Triple-A Charlotte at Durham on Saturday night, exited the game with right leg soreness after lining a single to right field in his second at-bat.

Jimenez, who had surgery to repair a torn right hamstring tendon behind his right knee on May 26, hobbled slightly immediately after the swing. After reaching first base, Knights training staff met him halfway up the line as he began walking toward the third base dugout.

Yermin Mercedes pinch ran for Jimenez, who was the designated hitter.

Jimenez’ timetable for a return was estimated at six to eight weeks from when the injury occurred. He has been working out with the Sox for about three weeks and seemingly was making a swift recovery.

“He is a product of the modern-science miracle,” Sox manager Tony La Russa said on May 12. “Several days after the surgery he was walking around without a limp. He’s jogging, he’s swinging. Now what that actually means is, what we don’t want to do is push it ahead X number of days and that would be unwise and then lose him.”

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