Eloy Jiménez is one step closer to returning to the Sox' lineup.
The 24-year-old — who played in his first rehab game Saturday for the Class A Winston-Salem Dash — will be transferred to the Class AAA Charlotte Knights beginning Tuesday.
Jiménez went 2-for-4 Saturday in the 9-6 victory over the Hickory Crawdads, including a two-run home run. On Sunday, Jiménez reached base in each of his first three plate appearances with a walk, a fielding error and a single in the 7-5 win over the Crawdads.
Jiménez was the designated hitter in the first game and played left field in the second game.
Tony La Russa got a kick out of hearing about Jiménez' two-run shot in his first game since suffering a ruptured left pectoral tendon in March. La Russa said he believes the team will get a jolt upon hearing the good news, and said that "help is on the way" knowing that the star left fielder is one step closer to returning to White Sox baseball.
"When we allow ourselves, I mean, as a team, to be where we are without him (Jiménez), and without Luis (Robert) and (Nick) Madrigal, you know, the whole litany of issues, and now Yaz (Yasmani Grandal), you know, the guys start to own the fact that they're gonna play hard and play with whoever we got," La Russa said. "But they know that help is on the way."