Ryan Cordell is the latest White Sox prospect to be bitten by the injury bug.
Cordell, ranked as the White Sox No. 17 prospect, suffered a broken clavicle in Monday night's Charlotte Knights game and will miss at least the next eight weeks.
Ryan Cordell expected to miss a minimum of 8 weeks after suffering a broken clavicle last night for AAA-Charlotte.— Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) April 17, 2018
It's tough news for Cordell, a promising outfielder acquired in last summer's trade with the Milwaukee Brewers that sent Anthony Swarzak away from the South Side. He had a significant back injury last season and didn't play in any games after the trade.
Cordell impressed during spring training with a .317/.417/.512 slash line, six extra-base hits, seven walks, eight RBIs and eight runs scored in 17 games. Through 10 regular-season games at Triple-A Charlotte, he had five hits in 38 at-bats.
Though he lost out on the Opening Day center fielder job to Adam Engel, Cordell figured to be one of the first options to come up to the majors in the event of an opening in the outfield. That opportunity could now go to Charlie Tilson or Daniel Palka, who already has three homers this season.
Cordell's injury adds another to the list of White Sox prospects battling various ailments. Jake Burger will miss the entirety of the season with a ruptured Achilles. Luis Robert is recovering from a torn ligament in his thumb suffered during spring training. Eloy Jimenez and Alec Hansen are working their ways back from spring issues. And Micker Adolfo has continued playing while dealing with an elbow injury, the White Sox hoping he'll be able to avoid surgery.