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White Sox star Tim Anderson is back from injury for playoff push

Tim Anderson, White Sox

The Chicago White Sox are getting a key figure back in their lineup with the postseason nearing. The team has activated star shortstop Tim Anderson off the 10-day IL:

While the White Sox basically have the AL Central crown locked up with a 12.5 game lead over the Cleveland Indians, having Anderson back in the fold is huge. He’s been arguably their best hitter across the last two seasons and is batting .302 with 14 bombs in 2021. The former first-rounder is a sparkplug at the top of the lineup for Tony La Russa’s squad and also gives Chicago speed on the basepaths, swiping 17 bags this season.

Anderson has been out with a small hamstring issue and the White Sox will likely be cautious with him as the playoffs quickly approach. Leurys Garcia has done a phenomenal job in place of their superstar but nonetheless, it’s impossible to replace a player like Anderson. The energy and grit he brings to this ballclub on both sides of the ball is unmatched. The 28-year-old is arguably one of the best shortstops in the game, committing just six errors this year for a solid .984 fielding percentage.

Injuries have been hitting Chicago hard lately, with both Lucas Giolito and Lance Lynn previously going on the shelf. Lynn returned on Sunday with a sharp outing of five innings, no runs, and nine strikeouts, while Giolito will take the mound on Tuesday.

If all the pieces to the puzzle can stay healthy, there’s no questioning the White Sox are a legitimate World Series contender.