Eloy Jimenez says hamstring discomfort ‘will last for a while’

Eloy Jiménez quickly understood how Guardians and other opponents could continue to take advantage of his limited left-field movement.

“It’s okay,” Jimenez said Sunday. “I’ll be there for that. They can eat now. I’m going to eat later.”

In the painting, Jimenez began to feast on opponents. He made his second home run in as many games, a solo Homer on a slide off Shane Pepper who provided insurance in a 6-3 win over the Guardians.

“I’m always looking for Fastball,” Jimenez said after making the appropriate adjustment. “I was feeling very good at the plate, and let’s keep rolling.”

Since returning from surgery to repair a torn right hamstring, Jimenez is 9 for 41 (.220) with three homers and eight RBIs. The Sox hopes that Jimenez can increase his production to compensate for the team’s overall lack of strength in the first half, and this is the first time Jimenez has excelled in consecutive games since August 8-9, 2021.

But before Jimenez can regain redemption, the discomfort in his surgically repaired right hamstring must either subside or allow him to curb the freedom that primary runners display on strikes on either side.

Jimenez said before Sunday’s game that the pain “will continue for a while”. “I think it’s normal, but it’s something you don’t want to feel when you play. But I will try to do my best, go out there and help the team.”

Jimenez handed out set batting assignments on Sunday and has played on the left court only six times since returning on July 6. Manager Tony La Russa acknowledged the Guardians were aggressive but would continue to monitor Jimenez’s legs.

Meanwhile, Jimenez feels no pressure to play while he is ill.

“I don’t feel any pressure because I try to do everything I can to help the team,” Jimenez said. “Everyone knows here even if I’m in pain, I want to play. For me, that’s not a pressure.

“It’s something you don’t want to feel. But if you have it, you need to play with it. For me, that’s not a pressure. It’s a challenge.”

Switch in time

Second base officer Josh Harrison was scraped out of the lineup due to the discomfort in his right leg he experienced in his last attack on Saturday.

But Yuri Garcia ignited the offense with Homer at two runs from Shane Pepper in the second. This was Garcia’s first Homer since May 4 against the Cubs.

La Russa thought Harrison would be available when the Sox open a two-game series Tuesday night in Colorado.

In the meantime, quarterback Lewis Robert will continue his work in Chicago while he recovers from blurred vision. “I think he’s making progress,” La Rossa said of Robert, who qualifies to activate from the 10-day injured list on Friday.

La Russa said coach James Crook advised him to give a rest on Sunday to defender Andrew Vaughn, who has dealt with a leg soreness.

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