Brandon Workman avoids surgery, but out indefinitely

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Brandon Workman shows that not all visits to Dr. James Andrews result in surgery, as the Red Sox right-hander has been advised to rest and rehab his injured elbow rather than going under the knife.

Workman received a platelet-rich plasma injection as part of his treatment and manager John Farrell told Ian Browne of MLB.com “there’s no estimated time of a return to a throwing program.”

Officially the injury is being called a strained elbow and Workman is on the MLB disabled list rather than being optioned to Triple-A. He’s pitched 129 innings for the Red Sox since debuting as a 24-year-old in 2013, posting a 5.11 ERA and 117/51 K/BB ratio split between the rotation and bullpen.

White Sox slugger Jiménez sidelined with bruised foot

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CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.

The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.

Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.

“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”

The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.