Jimenez back in lineup after two games out
Eloy Jimenez returned to the Chicago White Sox's lineup Saturday after missing two games with hip soreness.
The 22-year-old slugger was the designated hitter and batted fifth. He finished 1-for-4.
Ricky Renteria said Jimenez was "taped up" and felt good enough to hit, but the White Sox manager opted not to play him in the outfield just yet.
"As soon as we feel he's completely comfortable enough to move around the way he needs to, he'll absolutely be back in the outfield," Renteria said.
Saturday's game marked a rare instance this season when Tim Anderson, Jose Abreu, Yoan Moncada and Jimenez all were in the same lineup. Renteria said he was asked Friday when was the last time he was able to pencil in all four names. "I don't remember" was his reply.
The foursome collectively managed 4 hits in 16 at-bats against three Texas pitchers in a 4-0 loss.
Milestone for Abreu:
Jose Abreu collected his 1,000th career hit Saturday, a first-inning single to right field off Texas left-handed pitcher Kolby Allard. He became the 29th player to get 1,000 hits in a White Sox uniform, and he received a big ovation from the 26,454 fans in attendance.
"It's a really big accomplishment for me, for my career, for my family," Abreu said through translator Billy Russo. "I also think for this organization. It means a lot to me and I want to thank and give this to my family and (chairman) Jerry (Reinsforf) and the White Sox and everybody who has helped me throughout this six years. They have been very good for me, and that's why I feel blessed."
Abreu finished 2-for-4 and notched his 41st multihit game this season. He is batting .344 over his last 24 games 33-for-96 with 6 doubles, 6 home runs and 24 RBI.
He isn't the only red-hot White Sox. Yolmer Sanchez singled in the fifth inning to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, matching his career long. The switch hitter is batting .333 over that span with 2 doubles and 4 RBI.
Tim Anderson singled to extend his hitting streak to 11 games during which he is batting .438 with 5 doubles, a home run and 7 RBI.
Shortstop Tim Anderson called the all-black uniforms the White Sox sported again Saturday "sick."
He meant it as a compliment.
In fact, Anderson wouldn't mind seeing the Players Weekend uniforms make it into the regular rotation.
"I think we need to make this part of our collection," Anderson said with a smile.