DETROIT -- You’ve got to be bleeping me!
That was essentially the thought that ran through manager Robin Ventura’s head when White Sox rookie Tim Anderson was forced out of Thursday’s game with an injury.
Given the way White Sox rookies have dropped like flies this season, Ventura feared the worst when his shortstop was hit by a Jordan Zimmerman pitch to start the game.
Anderson suffered a bruised left hand but got by relatively unscathed compared with some of his teammates. He only suffered a bruised left hand and is day to day as X-rays were negative.
“Kinda scary,” Ventura said. “It didn’t sound very good.
“Yeah, I didn’t have good thoughts when I heard it, the way things have been going. Fortunately for him and us, he’s going to be fine.
“When it him it sounded pretty flush.”
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Rookie injuries have become all too common around the White Sox this season.
On Tuesday, rookie Charlie Tilson became the fourth White Sox rookie to suffer an injury before or during their season debut. Tilson was set to have surgery on Thursday to repair a torn left hamstring, the result of him trying to run down a Miguel Cabrera fly ball in the fifth inning of his major league debut.
The freak injury followed previous ones to third baseman Matt Davidson, outfielder Jason Coats and catcher Kevan Smith. Smith was scratched from an April 25 contest in Toronto when he injured his back during pregame stretching. Coats was removed from his major league debut when he collided with J.B. Shuck in the outfield. Davidson had to leave his early when he broke his foot running the bases.
Those occurrences were prominently on the mind of Anderson as the training staff checked his wrist. Anderson, who is hitting .264/.275/.398 with 10 doubles and five homers in 206 plate appearances, had his wrist wrapped in ice after a 6-3 win over Detroit. He expects to miss a few games.
“I was kind of worried,” Anderson said. “But it wasn’t anything. It got more fat than bone.
“It was relieving to get those X-rays negative. It was a good moment, but a bad moment at the same time.
“I got kind of scared a little bit, but I dodged a big bullet, so it’s good.”