White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson leaves game due to hamstring tightness
There is no way to easily replace Tim Anderson, who emerged as one of the sport’s better hitters over the last two seasons. Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson was removed from Sunday night’s game with the Angels after suffering a hamstring injury while trying to beat out a grounder to first base. According to the official announcement from the Sox, Anderson is day-to-day with tightness in his left hamstring.

Leury Garcia took over for Anderson at shortstop before the bottom of the first inning, and Garcia is the likely fill-in should Anderson need some time on the injured list. Further infield depth is available in the form of Danny Mendick at the minor-league level, plus other MLB-experienced players such as Matt Reynolds, Marco Hernandez and Tim Beckham who were in camp on minors deals.

Of course, there is no way to easily replace Anderson, who emerged as one of the sport’s better hitters over the last two seasons. Anderson has hit .331/.357/.514 (130 OPS+, 133 wRC+) with 28 home runs over 739 PA in 2019-20, winning the AL batting title in 2019 and a Silver Slugger Award last season. The White Sox were already missing one of their biggest bats in Eloy Jimenez (who will miss most of the season recovering from surgery to fix a ruptured pectoral tendon) as well as fourth outfielder Adam Engel, who is sidelined with a hamstring injury of his own.

This article first appeared on MLB Trade Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

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