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Will Eloy Jimenez still be with Charlotte Knights when they return home?

Charlotte Knights outfielder Eloy Jimenez came to the Chicago White Sox organization last summer from the Chicago Cubs in the Jose Quintana trade.
Charlotte Knights outfielder Eloy Jimenez came to the Chicago White Sox organization last summer from the Chicago Cubs in the Jose Quintana trade. AP

Hopefully, you were able to catch Eloy Jimenez play with the Charlotte Knights during the past week at BB&T Ballpark.

That’s because when the Knights return home July 30 to face Norfolk, there’s no guarantee Jimenez will still be on the Charlotte roster.

The top prospect in the Chicago White Sox organization (ranked No. 4 overall in the minors) is making a case for a call-up to Chicago.

As Julie Brady wrote Friday on ChicagoNow, “Basically, he is ready for a higher league, of which there is just one.”

Jimenez hit .317 with 10 homers and 42 RBI in 53 games this season with Birmingham in AA, and other than missing a week with a muscle injury, it’s been the same in AAA with Charlotte.

He slammed two home runs Friday night, went 3-for-4 Saturday, and hit a double in a pinch-hit appearance Sunday against Indianapolis. He is batting .351 with the Knights and is hitting an unreal .424 in eight games since returning from the injury.

“I’m not going to lie – it’s been really good,” Jimenez told Knights TV after Friday night’s game. “I just try to hit the ball on the barrel.”

Jimenez, who came to the White Sox organization last summer from the Chicago Cubs in the Jose Quintana trade, said he has learned not to swing too hard or try for home runs – just to concentrate on “hitting the ball on the barrel.”

“I don’t get frustrated,” he added. “If I’m 0-for-4, I just smile. Not every time will be a good game. You just have to learn every time.”

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Chicago White Sox left fielder Nicky Delmonico had three hits in an injury rehab appearance in Charlotte on Monday. Above, Delmonico, center, makes a catch for Chicago during Friday’s game at Seattle. Ted S. Warren AP

Here is how the Knights fared during the past week, and what’s ahead:

Monday: Charlotte fell 8-6 to Pawtucket, as the Red Sox scored three times in the ninth off reliever Thyago Vieira. White Sox outfielder Nicky Delmonico, making an injury rehab appearance in Charlotte, had three hits.

Tuesday: Jacob May’s RBI single lifted the Knights to a 6-5 victory over Pawtucket in 11 innings. Jimenez homered in the fifth. Charlotte welcomed its 3,000,000th fan to BB&T Ballpark – Amy Benfield of Charlotte. The Knights reached that mark in their 325th home game.

Wednesday: Starter Spencer Adams went six innings and relievers Rob Scahill and Vieira finished up a 3-0 Knights shutout of Pawtucket.

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Providence High product Ty Buttrey was at BB&T BallPark to pitch for the Pawtucket Red Sox in Thursday’s game. John Minchillo AP

Thursday: Jake Elmore drew a bases-loaded ninth-inning walk off Providence High product Ty Buttrey, and the Knights beat Pawtucket 4-3. The crowd of 10,370 was Charlotte’s 15th sellout of the season.

Friday: Jimenez hit two home runs, but the Knights got the winning run in their 6-5, 11-inning victory over Indianapolis when Dustin Garneau’s sacrifice fly scored Jose Rondon. A crowd of 10,371 – the 16th sellout – watched.

Saturday: Charlotte ran its winning streak to five games, beating Indianapolis 5-4. Rondon slammed his 11th and 12th home runs of the season.

Sunday: Indianapolis scored twice in the top of the 11th and beat Charlotte 6-4. The Knights had scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings.

Week ahead: Charlotte hits the road after an off day Monday, playing in Scranton on Tuesday through Thursday and then at Pawtucket from Friday through Sunday.

Kannapolis note: Nick Madrigal, the Oregon State standout taken by the White Sox as the No. 4 overall pick in this year’s draft, is now playing with the Kannapolis Intimidators and is batting .529. Kannapolis has 7:05 p.m. home games Monday through Saturday and a 5:05 p.m. home game Sunday.

Steve Lyttle on Twitter: @slyttle

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