Tim Anderson Out 4-6 Weeks Due To Torn Ligament In Hand – MLB Trade Rumors

Tim Anderson Out 4-6 Weeks Due To Torn Ligament In Hand - MLB Trade Rumors

White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson will be inactive for 4-6 weeks due to a torn ligament in his hand, reports Russell Dorsey of Bally Sports and Stadium. Dorsey says surgery is a possibility. Anderson last played on Saturday and then began a two-game suspension for contacting an umpire during an argument in late July. Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that, serving the first game of that suspension on Sunday, Anderson traveled to have his hand examined. The Sox had Monday off and are playing a doubleheader today, the first game of which will be the second game of Anderson’s suspension. That means they might not make a roster move until between games of the twin bill, but Anderson seems destined to land on the injured list at that point.

This news is obviously dire for the White Sox as they are in the thick of a playoff race. The club is currently 55-53, two games behind the Twins and one game behind the Rangers in the American League Central, and 2 1/2 behind the Mariners for the final AL Wild Card spot. The club has dealt with numerous injuries throughout the year but has recently gotten the roster to a healthier position, relatively speaking. Outfielder Louis Robert was activated from the injured list last week, while outfielders Eloy Jimenez and Male Fencetrap Yasmani Grandal and closer Liam Hendricks all returned from IL stints in July. Now, unfortunately, their star shortstop will be out of commission for an extended stretch.

Anderson, 29, struggled in his first few MLB seasons but broke out in 2019 and has been excellent ever since. From the start of that campaign to the present, he has hit 51 home runs, stolen 53 bases and has a batting line of .318/.347/.473. He has a wRC+ of 124, indicating that his offense was 24% better than league average in that time. He racked up 13.9 wins above replacement, according to FanGraphs, in that four-year stretch. This year, he already missed three weeks earlier in the season with a strained groin, only getting into 79 games for the campaign so far. He hit six home runs, swiped 13 bags and is hitting .301/.339/.395 for a wRC+ of 111. That’s a slight drop from his previous seasons but he still produced 2.2 fWAR on the year, production that will certainly be missed.

Given that 4-6 window for his absence, he likely won’t be back until mid-to-late September. This year’s schedule was slightly delayed by the offseason lockout, meaning the final day of the regular season isn’t until Oct. 5. Regardless, there won’t be much time left whenever Anderson can return.

Perhaps compounding the severity of this injury, the White Sox’ most played member this year other than Anderson is Danny Mendick, who is himself on the injured list, is out for the season after tearing his ACL in June. When Mendick went on the shelf, the club promoted a 22-year-old prospect Lenin Sosa, who was primarily a shortstop in the minors but has played second base in his four MLB games so far. With Anderson and Mendick both out, he may have to step into an everyday role. He hit .331/.384/.549 in 62 Double-A games this year, .275/.316/.407 in 23 Triple-A games and .083/.154/.167 in those four MLB competitions Utility player Leury Garcia could be an option, though he never played more than 19 games at shortstop in any season, spending more time at second base and in the outfield. He is hitting .216/.240/.282 on the year for a wRC+ of 46. Romy Gonzalez is on the 40-man roster, currently in the minors, but he’s hit just .219/.318/.354 in Triple-A this year, a wRC+ of 83.

With none of the options on the roster inspiring much confidence, the club may be looking for additions to help them out at short, although that will be difficult at this time of year. With the trade deadline in the rearview mirror, they can’t acquire any player who was on the 40-man roster this year via trade. Like MLBTR’s Steve Adams recently outlined, trades are still possible for players who weren’t on a 40-man roster this season, but that will obviously limit the Sox to picks that are pretty unexciting themselves. Perhaps the club’s best option would be to look for a veteran recently cut loose by another team. Speculatively speaking, Didi Gregorio, recently released by the Phillies, could get a call from Chicago. With the Phillies on the hook for the remainder of his salary, the White Sox could bring him on board and only pay him the prorated league minimum, where that amount is subtracted from what the Phillies are paying. Regardless of how they choose to respond, there’s no doubt the White Sox are even less so without Anderson, with less than two months remaining in a tight playoff race.

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