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White Sox OF Eloy Jimenez cleared to resume baseball activities

The first-place White Sox could be getting a major bat back in the lineup sooner than later.

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Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez against the Chicago Cubs during a Spring Training game at Camelback Ranch Glendale.
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Chicago White Sox fans received great news Tuesday with outfielder Eloy Jimenez cleared to resume baseball activities, according to the team. This portion of Jimenez’s rehabilitation process is expected to take four weeks.

Jimenez was initially estimated to miss 5-6 months with a pectoral tear he suffered in a spring training game. The 24-year old slugger had a strong rookie season with 31 home runs and 79 RBI.

The White Sox remain one of the top teams in MLB despite Jimenez missing. Chicago is 41-24 with a 5.5-game lead on the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central. According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the White Sox are favorites to win the AL at +300 and second-favorites to win the World Series at +650.

If Jimenez returns to the lineup sooner than later, those odds will improve significantly. According to the latest team report, his rehabilitation timeline is trending towards an early comeback.