The White Sox announced this second man Nick Madrigal goes to the list of 60 injured with a proximal rupture of the right patellar tendon. External player Brian Goodwin was elected active and 40-male lists in his place. The end-of-season operation is possible for Madrigal, general manager Rick Hahn told reporters (including Athletic’s James Fagan). Madrigal has a complete rupture of one tendon of the tendon and a partial rupture of another, according to Khan, who says the club will decide how to rehabilitate him in about a week.
Madrigal left last night’s game after coming out lame as he ran to first base on the ground. Although apparently there is still hope that he can avoid surgery and return this season, his immediate placement in the 60-day IL shows that even the best-case scenario involves a long absence. He has no right to return until the second week of August, and the Sox certainly wouldn̵
A former pick in the top five for a draft and a well-thought-out (albeit slightly divisive) chance, Madrigal began his strong career in the major leagues. The miniature debutant made his MLB debut last July and has proven to be an extremely productive player from then on. In the last two years, Madrigal has collected 324 performances on record and combined to reach .317 / .358 / .406 (116 wRC +).
Madrigal is much more apostate in the modern game, which tends to three true styles of play. The 24-year-old hit has virtually no power and rarely walks, but he is one of the most famous strikers in the game. His 7.9% hit rate this season is the second lowest of 142 qualified strikers (only Kevin Newman strikes less frequently), while its 91.8% degree of contact leads this group. Overall, Madrigal’s atypical approach paid off as he was hit for a high enough average to be a strong offensive player despite his lack of power.
He became the third young regular White Sox to need a long interval of IL. Left outfielder Eloy Jimenez has not played this season after straining his pectoral during spring training. His initial diagnosis required an absence of four to five months, so it is possible that he will return at some point in August or September. Central outfielder Louis Robert went to IL in early May due to a strain of the hip flexor. Robert’s injury has ruled him out of all baseball activities for three to four months, so it’s not yet clear if he’ll be able to return this season.
Despite these injuries, the South Siders are in a good place in the standings. At 37-24, Chicago leads AL Central with four games over the Indians. FanGraphs gave the Sox an 83.1% chance of securing the title in the division that enters the day. Data on Madrigal’s injury slightly reduce these chances, but their strong list and early lead give them little room to breathe.
These figures reduce the urgency of acquiring a second person from outside the organization, at least if further testing reveals that Madrigal may return at some point at the end of the year. If the White Sox is still looking for an external upgrade, Adam Fraser (Pirates), Jonathan Shop (Tigers) and Josh Harrison (Citizens) are among the second players to enter the market before the July 30 deadline. For now, it seems Leury Garcia and Danny Mendick are provided for the human keystone in Chicago.
Goodwin signed a minor league contract with the Sox last month. The 30-year-old has a useful .250 / .317 / .455 slash in parts of five MLB seasons and is able to play all three outside positions. Since joining the organization, Goodwin has put a .244 / .316 / .395 mark in 95 appearances on a Triple-A Charlotte record.