Eloy Jiménez is not in the White Sox starting lineup for Game 1 of the AL Wild Card Series.
Whether or not Jiménez, who missed the final three games of the regular season after spraining his foot last week in Cleveland, would play in the opening game of the first-round playoff series against the Oakland Athletics was a mystery heading into Tuesday. Though the left fielder seemed confident a day earlier that he would play, manager Rick Renteria reported before Game 1 that Jiménez experienced some discomfort during his pregame workout and had some mobility issues.
"We put him through the wringers, and he had a little discomfort," Renteria said. "We're going to have him, hopefully, available for maybe a big pinch-hit at-bat.
"We saw a limitation there. So for us it just makes sense, as you're looking at the big picture, to have him available, potentially, for an at-bat. The mobility would have been an issue."
Renteria added that it's too early to tell whether Jiménez would be able to start in Game 2 on Wednesday.
"It's too early to say," the skipper said. "We'll see how he responds to the medication and let the day play out. He's going to get back in (the trainer's room), get treated up again, and we'll see where he's at.
Leury García, who returned from a lengthy stay on the injured list ahead of Game 1, started in place of Jiménez in left field. There was a wonder whether Jiménez could start at designated hitter rather than left field, but that was not possible either, the team concluded.
The White Sox remain confident that García, who hasn't played since severing a ligament in his thumb in mid August, can step in and get the job done, opting to start him and Adam Engel in the corner-outfield spots over Nomar Mazara, who went through a season-long slump at the plate.
"We see him out there yesterday, working out with us, and it's like he didn't skip a beat," Renteria said of García. "So I'm hoping that that's the case all the way around. We've always been very, very confident about Leury. We feel like he can get out of bed and do a multiple number of things, and hopefully that's the case for us today."
Yasmani Grandal, not Edwin Encarnación, was the White Sox starting DH for Game 1, with James McCann catching Lucas Giolito. Renteria mentioned Monday that he'd try to get Grandal and McCann into the lineup at the same time when possible.
Here's the White Sox full Game 1 lineup:
1. Tim Anderson, SS
2. Yoán Moncada, 3B
3. Yasmani Grandal, DH
4. José Abreu, 1B
5. James McCann, C
6. Luis Robert, CF
7. Adam Engel, RF
8. Leury García, LF
9. Nick Madrigal, 2B