The injuries keep piling up for the White Sox wealth of highly touted prospects.
Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert and Dane Dunning are all on the disabled list. Alec Hansen missed months while recovering from a springtime injury. Jake Burger is out for the season and beyond thanks to two Achilles tears.
And now you can add Micker Adolfo to that list, with general manager Rick Hahn announcing Tuesday that the minor league outfielder needs Tommy John surgery on the elbow he injured back in spring training. Adolfo will be out for the next eight to 10 months.
"As a position player, the return to play protocol is quite different than for a pitcher," Hahn said. "We're hopeful to have him back in the vicinity of eight to 10 months, which would have him hopefully with an affiliate by May 1 of next year."
Adolfo injured the elbow back in the spring, and the White Sox hoped he could avoid surgery by strictly playing designated hitter and staying out of the outfield. That's what happened the last few months, but he had a setback during a recently commenced throwing program and now surgery is required on what was at one point considered one of the best outfield arms in the organization.
Adolfo's bat was not affected too badly by the injury. He slashed .283/.368/.466 in with 11 homers and 50 RBIs in 78 games with Class A Winston-Salem.
The injury doesn't prevent Adolfo from being an important piece of the White Sox rebuild. But like the injuries to all the other talented youngsters, it brings up the question: How will it affect his development and his timeline to reach the South Side?
"Obviously not great news for Micker," Hahn said, "but at the same time for those of you who have been following this story going back to spring training that initially we were concerned he was going to end up missing the entire year, and at least this way Micker was able to get over 300 plate appearances at Winston-Salem, had a very solid year from a development standpoint and will be back in time — assuming everything goes smoothly — with a chance for essentially a full season in 2019.
"Should not set him behind too far developmentally, but obviously not great news for the kid personally."