CHICAGO – As a member of the Twins this season, Ryan LaMarre played seven games against the White Sox.
“I think everyone knows what they’re building up toward,” he said.
Slogging through a difficult season, the Sox are hoping all of the prospects they’ve been stockpiling since after the 2016 season stay healthy and make impacts when they reach the major leagues.
It’s going to be a patchwork process until that happens, and LaMarre will try to find a place with the Sox after being claimed off waivers from Minnesota on Monday.
The 29-year-old outfielder joined the Sox’s 25-man roster for Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals, replacing injured right fielder Avisail Garcia. In 43 games over four stints with the Twins this season, LaMarre batted .263 with five doubles and eight RBIs. He also has played for the Reds, Red Sox and Athletics.
LaMarre didn’t play for the Sox against St. Louis.
Dexter Fowler’s grand slam in the sixth inning broke the game open, and the Cardinals buried the Sox, 14-2.
Sox starter Dylan Covey had another rough outing, allowing five runs (four earned) on nine hits and two walks in five innings.
Relievers Jace Fry and Bruce Rondon combined to give up five runs in two-thirds of an inning.
Jimenez update: Top prospect Eloy Jimenez hasn’t played since July 1 because of a strained left adductor, but the 21-year-old outfielder is close to returning.
“He’s progressing nicely,” general manager Rick Hahn said. “Probably another week to 10 days at this point. One thing that given the situation we’re in right now is we’re always going to err on the side of caution with these guys. There’s no need to rush anyone back.”
Jimenez was on track to join the Sox later this season. Does the injury eliminate that chance?
“Not yet,” Hahn said. “Right now he’s on the DL, so that decision isn’t really on the table. Given the progress he’s made when he’s been active, that issue could be back on the table at some point here in the not too distant future. For now, it’s a moot point.”
In a combined 65 games with Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte this season, Jimenez is hitting .313/.371/.541 with 12 home runs and 46 RBIs.
Pierzynski sighting: A.J. Pierzynski was at Guaranteed Rate Field on Tuesday to promote his new bobblehead commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the Sox’s “Blackout Game” against the Twins.
In Game 163 of the 2008 season, the Sox edged Minnesota at home to advance to the playoffs.
“The fans were really into it,” Pierzynski said. “It was on of the coolest experiences to walk out on the field and every person in the stands was in black. It was just something I had never seen before.”
Pierzynski bobbleheads are available at whitesox.com and at home games (Section 135) beginning Friday. Proceeds benefit Chicago White Sox Charities.