Tyler Saladino’s 2016 season has officially came to a close after being diagnosed with a herniated disc on the right side of his body. It is unclear whether surgery is needed for the 27 year old infielder, but according to White Sox beat writer Scott Merkin, the severity of the injury is an L5 tear on the side of his body.
Saladino has not played since September 16th and the original report of his injury was related to back spasms. Carlos Sanchez has been filling in during Saladino’s absence. Ironically, Saladino has been holding down the starting job at second base after Brett Lawrie tore his groin and has been on the DL since late July.
In Saladino’s second season in the big leagues, he thrived from the additional playing time he received following Brett Lawrie’s injury. In 93 games, Saladino recorded a .282/.315/.409 slashline which improved drastically from the .225/.267/.335 line that he had in 2015. Saladino showed very promising signs of holding down a starting job in the future.
If Saladino were to undergo surgery, he would be the 6th Sox player this season to go under the knife. He would join Zach Putnam, Jake Petricka, Charlie Tilson, Matt Davidson, and Austin Jackson. All of whose seasons have came to an end at some point this season.
The best wishes go out to Saladino hoping for a very quick and speedy recovery.