Why the White Sox are calling Mendik’s injury a ‘crushing blow’ originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
White socks will be without Danny Mendik for the rest of the season. Useful infielder tore my ACL on Wednesday night after colliding with Adam Hazeley while chasing the ball in foul territory. It appeared that Mendik and Haisley had hit their knees during the game, and the White Sox staff had to help Mendik off the field.
“At first I didn’t think it was going to be this bad,” Mendik said. “Perhaps there was an adrenaline rush. But when I went down, it definitely hurt and I couldn’t put pressure on him. They did an MRI and said that I had a torn anterior cruciate ligament. I thought it’s ok, there’s a plan. I have to sort things out, recover and come back.”
Mendik is already looking forward to spring training 2023 and is optimistic that he can come back better than ever.
“I was able to stand up and prove what I’m capable of and I know it will make me stronger and I can keep doing it.”
Mendik’s teammates feel the same way.
“He’s a tough guy, man, a very tough guy,” said Adam Engel, who also landed at IL on Thursday with a hamstring injury. “He’s from New York. You can tell that he’s obviously a bit depressed, but he has a good attitude. He’s going to be great, I think he’ll get over it and be able to do better on the other side. If he approaches this as he does everything else, he will have a great recovery and will be back to help us next year.”
However, the White Sox still feel terrible for him and have expressed how much they will miss him for the rest of the summer.
“It’s a great game in many ways, but it often lacks fairness,” said Tony La Russa. “What did he do to earn extra playing time and be so productive. Our record, we survived Tim’s absence, and in almost every one of those games, Danny did something or something in the plural. Made plays to get bats.
“He’s a tough guy. And no one will forget what he did for us. You just need to get well.”
“This is a crushing blow,” Engel said. “He is an amazing guy to have in the club. Obviously, his game on the field helped us a lot.
“I feel like we’ve clearly been hit hard this year and we’re still not in a bad shape. Guys like Danny keep us where we are and someone who is earning more and more playing time and playing very, very well for us. Obviously on the pitch we will miss him like hell but hopefully we can all be there for him the way he was with us and help him get through the fact that he can’t do what he loves.”
Mendik was a key player in the White Sox’ attempt to replace Tim Anderson when Anderson suffered a groin injury. Not only did he play 17 shortstop games, but he also placed Anderson on the leaderboard five times. In the season, Mendik hit .289/.343/.443 with three home runs, 15 RBIs, and one stolen base. This production earned him a permanent spot on the team as well as more playing time. But it looks like Mendik doesn’t want anyone to feel sorry for him now that his climbing season is over.
“This is how I play, I play aggressively and I will never give up on that,” Mendik said. “I tell them like it is and they have to keep going. It’s my injury and today the team still has to come out and win.”
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