After missing four months, Eloy Jiménez made an early exit in his third game back.
The Chicago White Sox announced late in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals that Jiménez was removed for precautionary reasons after experiencing tightness in his right groin. Playing DH, he was removed for pinch-hitter Gavin Sheets in the ninth inning.
After the game, White Sox manager Tony La Russa said he hoped it was something that would clear up quickly.
"Before (getting lifted for the pinch hitter), he felt a little something running," La Russa said. "Talked with (trainer James Kruk) and didn't want to take any chances. So we'll see how he feels tomorrow.
"It's what we've been concerned about. He's come out, he's hit balls in the hole, he's running, he's playing defense. He wanted to play defense tonight. I'm glad he didn't play (the field) because then I'd really be kicking myself.
"I hope it's just some tightness that we can treat and get rid of."
Jiménez smacked a game-winning home run Tuesday night, showing how badly the White Sox missed their middle-of-the-order power bat. The ebullient Jiménez has been a welcome reinforcement for a group of South Siders that established themselves as World Series contenders during his months-long absence.
As La Russa mentioned, the White Sox have been focused on the strength of Jiménez's legs in his first few games back, part of the reason he was installed as the designated hitter in two of his first three games.
The White Sox play a day game Thursday in Kansas City before coming home to the South Side for a three-game weekend series with the Cleveland Indians.