White Sox outfielder Charlie Tilson will start the 2017 regular season on the disabled list, JJ Stankevitz of CSN Chicago reports. Tilson is dealing with a stress reaction in his right foot and will be shut down for at least the next three weeks.
The White Sox acquired Tilson from the Cardinals at the end of July last year in exchange for reliever Zach Duke. He accrued just two plate appearances in the majors, singling in one of them, but performed well with the Cardinals’ Triple-A affiliate in Memphis. Tilson hit .282/.345/.407 with 28 extra-base hits, 34 RBI, 53 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases in 395 plate appearances. He unfortunately tore his hamstring in his major league debut, ending his season.
With Tilson out of the picture temporarily, the starting center field job is now open to Peter Bourjos, Leury Garcia, Jacob May, and Adam Engel.
Last month, free agent right-hander Bartolo Colon told reporters that he’d be open to taking a minor league deal in 2018, but only if he was guaranteed a return to the Mets’ system. The 44-year-old starter is nearing the end of a 20-year career, and it makes sense that he’d want to have one last hurrah in the city where he had some of his most productive years.
Now, Twins starter Ervin Santana tells Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press, it looks like the Mets might also be open to a reunion. It’s doubtful that Colon has all that much left in the tank, especially following a combined 7-14 record and 6.48 ERA for the Braves and Twins last year, but he’s not necessarily looking to reproduce the 15+ win, sub-4.00 ERA totals of years past.
Instead, Santana says, Colon is seeking the opportunity to win just six more games. He’ll enter the 2018 season five wins shy of the all-time record for a Latin American-born player, and is hoping to claim that title for himself before he enters retirement in 2019. Former Orioles and Expos hurler Dennis Martinez currently holds the record after clinching his 245th win back in 1998. While it took Colon a full season of starts to come up with even seven wins in 2017, he’s only one year removed from a 15-win campaign in 2016. Provided that the Mets are willing to gamble on him again, the milestone may not be that far out of reach.