White Sox 2017 first-round draft pick Jake Burger will be lost for the season after rupturing his left Achilles tendon during Monday’s game against the Athletics.
The third baseman was legging out a grounder to third when he crumpled to the ground about three-quarters of the way down the line.
“Honestly, it felt like a gunshot,” Burger said Tuesday while standing on crutches and with a cast on his lower leg. ‘I went down and I kind of immediately knew something was wrong. There’s nothing really to say. It sucks but I have to stay positive.”
Burger, 21, will undergo surgery in Chicago on Thursday.
While he wasn’t expected to make the Sox’s roster this season, the injury will curtail his development. Burger was the 11th overall selection out of Missouri State in the ’17 draft and is considered the Sox’s third baseman of the future.
“When something like this happens you have a decision to make,” Burger said. “You can either kind of mope around and be disappointed in it or you can take it as a positive thing and look at it as a positive. It’s kind of an extended offseason, you know? I can focus on nutrition, focus on my diet, focus on my body.”