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DH/OF Eloy Jiménez focuses on a healthy 2024


GLENDALE, Ariz. — There’s a lot of impact potential coming from the middle of the Chicago White Sox lineup.

But – as Eloy Jiménez knows all too well – everything can come down to consistent availability.

“Every time we are together, we can help more than just sitting on the bench and watching the game,” the designated hitter/outfielder said Monday. “So that’s the biggest challenge for me, to be together every day and play over 150 games, so that’s our goal.”

In this example, Jiménez was given the trio of himself, third baseman Yoán Moncada and center fielder Luis Robert Jr. Questions were asked about.

During Robert played in a career-high 145 games In 2023, Jiménez and Moncada are out with injuries. Moncada appeared on the IL twice He had back problems and played 92 matches. Jiménez missed almost a month after appendectomy and completed 120 games.

“They are a big part of our squad,” manager Pedro Grifol said. “You’re talking about three players who could probably be in the top five in the rankings. That’s why it’s important for these guys to stay healthy. But listening to our coaches come in (Monday) and talk about their physical condition and how they report to camp about our strength and conditioning, I’m really pleased with the way they look. It’s not just about how they look, but also how physical they are.

“Obviously they’ve put in some good work this offseason. And the offseason is critical to what we’re trying to accomplish here. And these guys, for a man, they put in the work. And so we were able to do what we did and get them to do what we did (with the first full team practice on Monday) “We were able to achieve this and make it work.”

Chicago White Sox center fielder Luis Robert Jr. (left) and designated hitter Eloy Jiménez walk to spring training workouts at Camelback Ranch on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024, in Glendale, Arizona. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Robert agreed that the remaining three healthy guys would be key.

“Unfortunately, this has taken its toll on us over the last few years,” Robert said through a translator on Monday. “We couldn’t play with our full roster. And if we can stay healthy this year, if everyone can stay healthy and play as many games as possible, then the results will be good for this team.”

Jiménez played in 122 games as a rookie in 2019, appearing in 55 of 60 contests while winning the Silver Slugger Award during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

Injuries limited him to less than 100 games in each of the next two seasons. He missed almost the first four months of 2021 due to a pectoral tendon tear, appearing in 55 games. He played in 84 games in 2022 and missed time due to right knee strain.

Jiménez has increased his availability in 2023 despite being sidelined Appendectomy in May.

He understands the importance of continuing to increase that total.

“Health always comes first,” Jiménez said. “I know this is going to be a good year because I’m doing the work I need to do. If I play, the numbers will be there. That’s my goal, to play.”

Jiménez slashed .272/.317/.441 with 23 doubles, 18 home runs and 64 RBIs in 2023. His home run and RBI totals were his best since 2019, when he had 31 home runs and 79 RBIs.


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