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White Sox’ Miguel Cairo remains optimistic of Tim Anderson return

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Acting coach Miguel Cairo remains optimistic that Tim Anderson will return with the White Sox this season, saying on Friday that the short-lived All-Star is “closer.”

However, when that happens remains uncertain with less than two weeks remaining in the regular season.

“I think he can do it,” Cairo said of Anderson’s comeback this season. “But let’s see what happens. We are waiting to see with the coaches and how he feels.”

Anderson has been on the injury list since August 9 due to a tear in his left middle finger that required surgery. The injury was initially given an approximate recovery timeline of six weeks.

Recently allowed to ramp up his baseball activities, this week he’s been taking pre-game ground balls and field batting drills.

He also faced Sox pitcher Davis Martin in live batting practice Thursday and felt some pain afterward, according to Cairo.

The White Sox, who were nearly eliminated from the playoff competition after being swept away by The Guardians this week, have 11 regular season games left after Friday. “Of course,” Cairo said he would like to see Anderson play at least a couple.

“But we have to make sure that it’s 100 percent,” Cairo added. “You don’t want to re-exacerbate it. It has to be 100 per cent but of course I would like to see him progress and be with our team and finish the season.”

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This echoes what Anderson said on Tuesday; He wants to get back on the field but knows he has to be smart.

Another layer in this equation is the potential for Anderson to do the rehab job. The Triple-A Charlotte season ends on Wednesday.

“If he’s going to do it, he should do it soon,” Cairo said. “Let’s see what happens and what coaches come up with.”

Could that happen soon?

“I hope so,” Cairo said.

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