White Sox bad rookie luck continues as Charlie Tilson heads to the DL

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Chicago White Sox center fielder Charlie Tilson (24), center, is being help by athletic trainer Herm Schneider, left, and manager Robin Ventura in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Michigan USA, on Tuesday, August 2, 2016. (Photo by Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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DETROIT – Despite his desire to win now, Rick Hahn has tried to add some youth into his veteran team at times this season.

But, frankly, he’s had no luck at all.

Earlier this season catcher Kevan Smith (back), third baseman Matt Davidson (foot) and outfielderJason Coats (collision) each had to leave their Major League debuts early due to injury.

Surely it couldn’t happen to another rookie making his debut on Tuesday.

That’s outfielder Charlie Tilson, a Wilmette native who attended New Trier High School, who was acquired by the White Sox in a trade with the Cardinals for Zach Duke on Sunday.

He comes to the franchise as one of the top five prospects in the farm system and made his debut at Comerica Park on Tuesday.

Yet somehow it happened again.

Chasing a fly ball in the fifth inning, Tilson lost his footing and went down, appearing to have suffered a left ankle injury. Today the White Sox announced that the rookie is headed to the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

Tilson becomes the fourth White Sox rookie to be injured in his debut this season and it’s a shame for White Sox fans who had hope early in his debut. In the third inning he singled in his first major league at bat in what looked like a memorable first game to make a debut.

Unfortunately, like the entire 2016 White Sox season, a great beginning would provide only false hope for the future.

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