La Russa: TA hamstring injury 'something short of serious' originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The White Sox will have more clarity on exactly what the deal is with Tim Anderson's hamstring after they arrive in Seattle for a three-game series this week.
But the outlook from manager Tony La Russa after Sunday night's game in Anaheim was, at the least, better than it could have been.
Anderson made an early exit from Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Angels, removed in the first inning with hamstring tightness after he pulled up and looked to be in some pain while running to first base on a game-opening ground out. Not long after, the team updated his status as day to day.
"He was running to first, he pulled up," La Russa said after the game. "We got him out early. They did a lot to try to stretch him, and he was feeling a little better. But discretion right there is the better part of valor.
"He's going to get checked tomorrow. But it looks like it's something short of, knock on wood, a serious hamstring tear or something. He just, hopefully, pulled it slightly, so we’ll see."
The White Sox don't need any more bad injury news at the moment, not with Eloy Jiménez already slated to miss months after having surgery to repair a ruptured pectoral tendon. Losing another Silver Slugger, for any length of time, would be quite problematic.
But La Russa seemed optimistic enough that whatever's plaguing his shortstop isn't serious.
Anderson made trips to the injured list in each of the last two seasons, his ankle and groin afflicted in 2019 and 2020, respectively. Neither stay prevented him from being one of the best offensive players in the American League during those campaigns.
If Anderson is sidelined, the White Sox will likely do what they did Sunday night and turn to Leury García as a replacement. That, of course, would hypothetically take García out of La Russa's rotation in left field, one of several players helping to fill in for Jiménez. Additionally, Danny Mendick — the reserve infielder who was a Gold Glove finalist last season — is at the alternate training site in Schaumburg after not making the Opening Day roster.