The Chicago White Sox have seemingly had nothing but bad luck in bringing up players to the big leagues this season, and on Wednesday that trend continued as it was revealed that outfielder Charlie Tilson had torn his hamstring.
Tilson, whom the White Sox acquired in a Sunday trade that sent pitcher Zach Duke to the St. Louis Cardinals, will undergo surgery on the injury on Thursday, and he will miss the remainder of the regular season.
The outfielder tore the hamstring during his first game with the White Sox on Tuesday. Originally diagnosed as a hamstring injury, an MRI Wednesday revealed a tear in the muscle, and he will be forced to miss the remainder of the campaign as the White Sox scramble to find a short-term answer to their center field position.
This isn’t the first time the White Sox have had to deal with a prospect coming up and immediately getting injured. In his first game with the team this season, outfielder Jason Coats was forced from the contest after running into outfielder J.B. Shuck while chasing a fly ball. Coats suffered a cut on the inside of his mouth, and he was required to have stitches.
Before that, catcher Kevan Smith was called up by the White Sox in late April, but before his first game he was scratched from the lineup with a back injury. The ailment ended up landing Smith on the disabled list.
Finally, highly-touted prospect Matt Davidson was looking to make a name for himself with the White Sox, but he too was felled by an injury. In his very first appearance after a call-up, Davidson suffered a fractured foot, landing himself on the disabled list and bringing yet another Sox prospect crashing down to Earth.