The White Sox avoided a fairly major injury scare Thursday night in Chicago.
Ninth-inning man Bobby Jenks was accompanied off the mound in the ninth inning after feeling some pain and discomfort in his back. Not to worry, though, because he was later diagnosed with back spams, according to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, and is likely to be listed as “day-to-day” when it’s all said and done. The big man faced only three batters Thursday, retiring one, allowing a Denard Span single, and walking Orlando Hudson just before being removed.
If he’s deemed unavailable this weekend, quality setup men J.J. Putz and Matt Thornton could see save chances.
Jenks has posted a 4.97 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and a 51/17 K/BB ratio over 41 2/3 innings this season as the White Sox’s closer. He’s converted 23-of-26 save opportunities.
Indians third baseman José Ramírez had to be carted off the field in the top of the third inning of Sunday afternoon’s Cactus League game agaisnt the White Sox. Ramírez fouled a pitch off of his leg during an at-bat against pitcher Sean Nolin.
MLB.com’s Mandy Bell reports that Ramírez was diagnosed with a left knee contusion after he was taken for X-rays. The X-rays were negative, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Ramírez, 26, finished third in AL MVP Award voting last season, batting .270/.387/.552 with 39 home runs, 105 RBI, 110 runs scored, and 34 stolen bases across 698 plate appearances. He was worth 7.9 Wins Above Replacement, according to Baseball Reference. If Ramírez lands on the injured list, that would obviously be a huge loss for the Indians, despite being the overwhelming favorites in the AL Central entering the season.
The Indians will already start the season without second baseman Jason Kipnis and shortstop Francisco Lindor, though both are expected to return before the end of April. The infield is in rough shape at the moment.