Eloy Jimenez already has one injury playing the field, but it appears he picked up another during Tuesday’s game in Kansas City.
On the first batter of the game for pitcher Dylan Cease, Royals leadoff hitter Whit Merrifield hit a deep fly ball to left-center field. Center fielder Charlie Tilson made the catch on the play, but collided with Jimenez coming over from left field just after making the catch.
Jimenez immediately went down holding his right arm. He was checked on by White Sox staff and taken out of the game.
Not good. Eloy is leaving the game after this collision. pic.twitter.com/2OdpstYekG— White Sox Talk (@NBCSWhiteSox) July 17, 2019
When general manager Rick Hahn has talked about bringing up key prospects, he says he wants those players to be able to come up to the majors and stay there. That won't be the case with Zack Collins.
The White Sox sent the catcher down to Triple-A Charlotte following Monday's 5-2 loss to the Royals. No corresponding move will be made until Tuesday, but it is expected Welington Castillo will return from his rehab stint and rejoin the White Sox.
Collins was called up on June 18, but only played in nine games with seven starts in his 28 days on the big league roster. Collins drew a pinch-hit walk in his first plate appearance at the Cubs on June 19. He then homered two days later in his first start in Texas.
After that, Collins struggled. He goes back to Charlotte after hitting .077 (2-for-26) with five walks, the one home run and 14 strikeouts in 31 plate appearances.
It's unclear if Collins had a chance to stick on the roster or if the plan was for him to go back to Triple-A once Castillo was ready to return. Collins certainly didn't do himself any favors at the plate, but he also didn't see regular playing time.
Collins, a first-round pick in 2016, was seen working out at first base in fielding practice before games, but he stuck to catcher and DH. He could have played some first base or DH when Castillo returned. However, the White Sox claimed A.J. Reed off waivers and he debuted after the all-star break. Reed has taken the at-bats at DH, leaving Collins without regular at-bats.