White Sox outfielder Eloy Jiménez has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a high right ankle sprain, per an official announcement. In corresponding moves, right-hander Nate Jones has also been placed on the IL with a bout of elbow inflammation and relievers Aaron Bummer and Thyago Vieria have been recalled from Triple-A Charlotte.
Jiménez sustained the injury in the early innings of the White Sox’ 12-11 win over the Tigers on Friday night. In the third, Grayson Greiner hammered a home run into the left-field bullpen, prompting Jiménez to go to the wall for an attempted catch. He stuck out his right leg to brace himself against the wall, then fell to the warning track in pain. While he was eventually able to stand and walk off the field, he was unable to resume his post in left field and was replaced by center fielder Leury García to finish out the remainder of the inning.
Manager Rick Renteria told reporters Sunday that the club has yet to establish a firm timetable for Jiménez’s return to the lineup, though he’ll likely miss several weeks. Prior to the incident, the 22-year-old rookie outfielder entered the series batting .241/.294/.380 with three home runs and eight RBI through his first 85 plate appearances of 2019.
José Rondón will play left field for the White Sox during their series finale on Sunday.
Jeff Passan of ESPN is reporting that Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vázquez has been arrested and charged with one count of computer pornography, the solicitation of a child, and one count of providing obscene material to minors.
The details, from a report from the Lee County, Florida Sheriff’s Department are ugly.
According to authorities, Vázquez has allegedly been engaging in sexual activity with a now-15-year-old girl from the time she as 13 years-old. As recently as this July Vázquez allegedly sent the victim videos of him engaging in an unspecified sex act. Vázquez also allegedly sent the victim texts saying that they would meet for sex after the baseball season was over.
The age of consent in the State of Florida is 18. While, like many states, Florida has “close-in-age” exceptions, they do not apply to the 28-year-old Vázquez and someone as young as his alleged victim. Non-legally speaking, the allegations amount to what can and should be called rape — sexual activity without consent due to the impossibility of consent in these allegations — separate and apart from the specific counts with which Vázquez has been charged. It is possible, of course, that authorities could amend and/or add to the charges he currently faces.
Vázquez has been placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball while the case is pending against him.
We will, without question, be following this story as it develops.