The Chicago White Sox will be without All-Star shortstop Tim Anderson for up to six weeks after he suffered a sagittal band tear on the middle finger of his left hand during an at-bat on Saturday against the Texas Rangers.
The sagittal band is part of the extending mechanism of a finger. The injury is causing a “dislocation of the exterior tendon,” according to a release by the team. Anderson, who will undergo surgery on the finger on Thursday in Chicago, was placed on the 10-day injured list.
Anderson, 29, injured himself on a check swing in his final at-bat of the game. His loss is a huge blow to the team’s chances at making the postseason for the third consecutive year.
Since 2020, the White Sox are 38-42 without Anderson in the starting lineup, including on Tuesday after the Sox dropped Game 1 of a doubleheader to the Kansas City Royals, 4-2. Chicago is 145-106 with Anderson in the starting lineup during that time frame.
The seven-year veteran is one of the leaders of the team who made the postseason in back-to-back years for the first time in franchise history. The White Sox have underachieved this season but are still in the race, just 2.5 games behind first place Minnesota in the AL Central after their Game 1 loss.
The White Sox have been one of the most injured teams over the last two seasons, particularly with key players. Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, Yasmani Grandal, Yoan Moncada have all missed significant time. Now add Anderson to that list.
The team reinstated righty Reynaldo Lopez from the 15-day injured list to take Anderson’s place on the roster.