Lynn, Kelly are back but White Sox's injured list still full

During their three-game sweep against the Tigers in Detroit earlier this week, two key players came off the injured list and rejoined the White Sox.

Lance Lynn made his first start of the season Monday, pitching 4⅓ innings and giving up 3 runs on 10 hits.

"Early on, you're trying to feel some things out," Lynn said after returning from right knee surgery in early April. "Start giving up some hits, that's part of it. I was able to turn the tide there, start making pitches and start doing a little more of what I'm capable of and things started feeling about as good as they possibly could."

Joe Kelly is back in the bullpen after missing three weeks with a hamstring injury. The right-hander showed little rust while striking out two in a scoreless inning vs. the Tigers Tuesday.

Getting Lynn and Kelly back is good news for the Sox, but the injury list is still lengthy. Here's an update:

Tim Anderson

Out since straining his right groin in a May 29 game against the Cubs, Anderson joined Class AAA Charlotte on a rehab assignment Tuesday and was 2-for-4 as the designated hitter.

Anderson played shortstop Wednesday night and was 1-for-3.

The White Sox are hoping Anderson plays a few more games at Triple-A and is ready to come off the IL and be back in the lineup against the Blue Jays on Monday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Jake Burger

After swinging at an inside pitch against the Tigers Monday and being hit on the right hand, Burger sat out the next two games.

X-rays were negative, and the designated hitter/third baseman should be ready to go when the Sox play three games against the Astros in Houston this weekend.

In June, Burger is batting .359/.419/.795 with 4 home runs and 10 RBI in 11 games.

Liam Hendriks

The all-star closer is on the IL with a right forearm strain, and Hendriks also told the Chicago Sun-Times he's been pitching with a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament since 2008.

Those are two worrisome issues, but Hendriks hopes to be back on the mound by July 1.

"I've had a tear in my UCL since '08," he said. "It's been there, that's been manageable. I've been able to deal with it. But over the course of this year, my elbow has been constantly inflamed a little more than usual. The ligament hasn't changed, nothing has changed on any other end that way, so it's a mild strain."

Michael Kopech

In Sunday's start against the Rangers at Guaranteed Rate Field, Kopech limped off the mound after throwing only 13 pitches.

Fluid was drained from his right knee, and Kopech was scheduled to throw a bullpen in Houston on Thursday's off day.

If all goes well, the right-hander could start against the Astros on Sunday.

Yasmani Grandal

After coming out of Saturday's game against Texas with left hamstring tightness, further tests revealed the White Sox catcher is dealing with lower back spasms.

Grandal is on the injured list and is hoping the down time "gets everything cleared out."

He could be back in a week, or several weeks.

Eloy Jimenez

Recovering from surgery to repair a torn hamstring tendon behind his right knee, Jimenez aggravated the injury during his rehab assignment with Class AAA Charlotte and has been shut down for a week.

"You have surgery and you feel sort of a tear or a pulling, tugging, in the area of the repair, you freak out a little bit," Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. "It's understandable. I think it's going to take a little time for him to trust it, just like any guy coming back from any injury."

Once he gets back on the field with Charlotte, which should be soon, Jimenez is likely going to need at least two weeks before he's ready to rejoin the Sox.

He injured the hamstring running to first base in an April 23 game against the Twins.

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