Sometimes, celebrating can be dangerous.
Eloy Jiménez found that out Tuesday. As the White Sox mobbed Lucas Giolito after he finished off the 19th no-hitter in team history, Jiménez ended up on the infield grass, getting looked at for an apparent injury. He eventually got up and walked off the field without any assistance.
After the game, manager Rick Renteria reported that the young left fielder had twisted his ankle in the revelry.
“Jumping up and down, he kind of twisted his ankle a little bit,” Renteria informed. “But thankfully he walked off the field OK under his own power, and we’ll see how he’s doing tomorrow.
“He was excited.”
It makes sense that Jiménez – who had two hits and drove in one of the four runs in the win – was a source of extreme exuberance, which seems to be his default state most of the time. Giolito’s celebration-worthy accomplishment likely cranked that emotion up even further.
Of course, some fans will slap their foreheads upon word of another Jiménez malady. Earlier this season, he crashed into the outfield wall tracking a home-run ball and missed the following two games while recovering.
Later, against the Milwaukee Brewers, he whiffed on a fly ball down the left-field line and tumbled into the protective netting as Christian Yelich scampered around the bases for an inside-the-park home run. Jiménez wasn’t injured on that play, but some fans feared play that appears out of control, at times, could endanger the prized middle-of-the-order bat.
Renteria will have updated word on Jiménez come Wednesday.
White Sox slugger Eloy Jimnez twists ankle celebrating Lucas Giolito no-hitter originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago