KANSAS CITY – The White Sox won’t have their All-Star shortstop for a good portion of their stretch run of the 2022 season.
On Tuesday, the White Sox announced that Tim Anderson will miss six weeks after suffering a sagittal band tear on the middle finger of his left hand during his last at-bat on a check swing during a loss to the Rangers on Saturday.
He’ll undergo surgery to repair the injury on Thursday at Midwest Orthopedics at RUSH, Oakbrook Surgery Center, with the procedure being performed by hand specialist Dr. John Fernandez. Per the timeline released by the club, Anderson wouldn’t return until the final two weeks of the season.
The shortstop was out for Sunday’s series finale in Texas and would have missed the first game of the doubleheader on Tuesday due to an MLB suspension.
In his seventh season with the White Sox, Anderson has made the All-Star Game the last two seasons, hitting .301/.331/.395 with 13 doubles, six homers, and 25 RBI in 2022. The month of August has been difficult for the shortstop at the plate as he’s gone just 5-for-27 (.185) with seven strikeouts.
During July, Anderson’s average dipped as well, as he batted just .257 after ending the month of June with a .340 average.
This comes at a critical time for the White Sox as they continue to chase a playoff spot for a third-straight season. After a loss in the first game of a doubleheader to the Royals Tuesday afternoon, the team is currently third in the American League Central division, sitting 2 1/2 games behind the Twins for first place and 1 1/2 games behind the Guardians for second with 53 games to play.
Currently, the team is three games out of the final American League Wild Card spot.