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White Sox third baseman Jake Burger is helped to a vehicle after falling while running out a ground ball during the third inning of a spring training game against the Athletics on Monday in Glendale, Arizona Burger had to be assisted off the field with a left Achilles tendon injury.

Ben Margot, Associated Press

The White Sox say prospect Jake Burger has a torn left Achilles tendon and will likely miss the season.

The 11th overall draft pick last June, Burger fell to the ground running out a grounder to third against Oakland on Monday. The team said Tuesday he will have surgery in Chicago this week.

Burger is considered to be the White Sox's future third baseman, though he wasn't expected to make the roster this season.

Cubs 6, White Sox 5: Jon Lester made his spring debut and worked 1 2/3 innings, striking out three allowing a run on one hit. J.A. Happ hit the Cubs' second leadoff home run of the spring. Hector Santiago threw three innings of clean relief, striking out four. Jose Abreu doubled and Matt Davidson hit his second home run.

Thome fights back tears during Hall of Fame visit: To know what the moment meant to Jim Thome, all you had to do was look into his tear-filled eyes.

"It's hard to explain the emotions that go through you," Thome said Tuesday as he gazed around the Baseball Hall of Fame's Plaque Gallery, the most hallowed corner of the shrine and where he'll take his place in July. "How do you ever dream of this happening, walking through and having all those great players stare at you?"

Thome got the call in January when he was elected along with Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman. Also to be inducted July 29 are Jack Morris and Alan Trammell, who were selected in December by a veterans committee.

The tour, which helps inductees prepare for their big day, takes them through every corner of the Hall of Fame, to the basement where most get to swing a bat Babe Ruth or Lou Gehrig once wielded, to the library upstairs with its vast collection of newspaper clippings and photos, and culminates in the Plaque Gallery.

There were too many plaques to read on this day, but Thome took his time and stopped at several — Babe Ruth, Ernie Banks, Hank Aaron, and others — as his wife Andrea captured the moment.

The emotion was palpable after Erik Strohl of the Hall of Fame mentioned off the cuff that among American League sluggers, only Ruth had reached 500 homers faster than Thome.

"It's a dream," Thome said as he hugged his host, tears welling in his eyes. "To come through here and soon to be on the wall with them, it's beyond special. You don't ever envision an opportunity to walk down this hall and have all this staring at you. I just feel honored."

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