The White Sox announced on Wednesday that outfielder Eloy Jiménez has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a right ulnar nerve contusion. In related moves, the White Sox purchased the contract of infielder Ryan Goins from Triple-A Charlotte and outrighted pitcher Juan Minaya to Charlotte.
Jiménez suffered the injury attempting to catch a fly ball in the bottom of the first inning of Tuesday’s game against the Royals. Whit Merrifield hit a fly ball to deep left-center field, causing Jiménez and Charlie Tilson to converge. Tilson made the catch but banged into Jiménez’s elbow.
Jiménez, 22, has had a solid rookie campaign, batting .244/.307/.483 with 17 home runs and 39 RBI in 267 plate appearances. He had started to heat up, owning a .921 OPS since the start of June.
Pirates starter Chris Archer exited Tuesday night’s start against the Pirates while warming up ahead of the second inning. He was examined by the Pirates’ training staff before walking off the field. The reason is currently unknown but an update should be forthcoming.
Archer allowed a pair of singles before getting consecutive strikeouts to see his way out of the first inning. The 30-year-old right-hander has had a forgettable year in Pittsburgh, entering Tuesday’s action 3-9 with a 5.23 ERA and a 141/55 K/BB ratio in 118 2/3 innings.
The Pirates, overall, are in rough shape, losing 22 of their last 27 games dating back to July 21. They are 51-73, 15.5 games out of first place in the NL Central cellar. It may behoove them to play it safe with Archer since they don’t have anything to play for over the remainder of the regular season. The club holds options for his 2020 and ’21 seasons at $9 million and $11 million, respectively.