Tim Anderson said he hopes to be back in the White Sox lineup by Saturday. It might take him that long to get all the bandaging off his hand.
The X-rays came back negative after Anderson was hit in the hand with a pitch during Thursday’s 6-3 win over the Tigers in Detroit. But there is some soreness and swelling, according to the White Sox young shortstop and manager Robin Ventura. Talking to Anderson, there’d be no way to tell with that giant wrap on his hand.
"I feel a lot better today. It's just a little sore today," Anderson said. "It was really bad. I was very sore yesterday."
Ventura’s update provided a few more details that might raise an eyebrow or two in the wake of Anderson’s positive prognosis, though the manager said Anderson could even play in a pinch Friday.
"He’s sore," Ventura said. "You can tell that he got hit. There’s some swelling there, can’t grip the bat all that great, but he can do it if there’s an emergency. You’re just a little concerned him going out there and doing something that would jeopardize some other part of his body. So we’re going to let him rest a little bit, and hopefully that (swelling) goes down and he’s better by tomorrow."
Ventura also said the time off due to injury will allow Anderson — who’s played in all but one game since his major league debut on June 10 — to get a little rest.
"The injury is more why he’s not playing not anything else," Ventura said, "but there is a double meaning to it where he can get a little rest and get back after it once he feels good."
If all goes well, Anderson will miss just one game, but that doesn’t change the fact that his injury is the latest in a stunningly long line of maladies that have plagued White Sox rookies this season. Kevan Smith, Matt Davidson, Jason Coats and Charlie Tilson all preceded Anderson with injuries, those four far more serious than Anderson’s ball off the hand.
"Yeah, it's kind of scary," Anderson said. "I was able to get past the first game, so that was a good thing."
"That’s something new, and I think a lot of guys have talked about that because we’ve got nothing else to talk about," veteran outfielder Adam Eaton joked. "It’s been kind of crazy. It’s something all those guys would say they didn’t prepare to get hurt in their debut or get hurt in a recall or whatever. Tough go at it. I feel bad for them and their families. They get up here, and they’re excited, wanting to make a good impression right away. And having a setback like they’ve had, I hope they in the rehab learn from their trials and it makes them better come spring training."
Anderson is hitting .264/.275/.398 in 47 games this season with five home runs and 12 RBIs.