Eloy Jimenez was injured on April 23 and the pain caused looked like he would probably face a major set-back to his 2022 season. Eloy was agonizing, thumping his fist in anger after being injured while trying to beat out a slow roller to third during the second inning of a game. He was only left lying on the ground just beyond first base at Target Field in Minneapolis.
The pain was said to be growing for Eloy Jimenez, the following Sunday morning, he could only sit down in front of his locker asking himself ‘Have I played the last game of 2022?’ Little did he know back then that he would be surrounded by media in the Guaranteed Rate Field home clubhouse, flashing his familiar smile and talking about his return.
Eloy Jimenez slammed a home run and three RBIs in a 9-8, 10-inning victory over the Twins. It was almost a must-win for the White Sox (39-41), they just avoided a three-game home sweep at the hands of the American League Central leaders, beat the Twins (47-38) for the first time in six games this season and moved back within 5 1/2 games of first.
Eloy Jimenez and the White Sox snatch a victory against the Minnesota Twins
Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa was thrilled to see his boys perform exceptionally, said. “I’m excited right now, Big-time lift, and we got our bats going.”
Meanwhile Eloy Jimenez was at the center of the more powerful White Sox results. He started in left field, made a nice running catch to retire Luis Arraez for the only time in five at-bats. He said, ““It was good, it was one of the days you feel like, ‘Yeah, I’m back.’”
“Every day is going to be different,” Eloy Jimenez added. “Sometimes, you are going to score a lot of runs, and sometimes, you don’t. We come out, compete and do our best and see what happens. So, everybody knows that we had that team that can score runs. And to see that today, it was good.”