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White Sox's Ian Hamilton: Working back from shoulder injury
Hamilton (shoulder) said Sunday he's about halfway through his expected spring workload, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Hamilton's spring training work was essentially reset last week as he deals with right shoulder soreness stemming from a car accident early in spring training. According to Scott Merkin of MLB.com, the 23-year-old completed a nine-pitch inning during a minor-league game Sunday as he ramps up for the regular season.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Manny Banuelos: Shifting to relief role
Banuelos will open the season in the White Sox's bullpen, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Ervin Santana emerged victorious in the battle for the team's final rotation spot, leaving Banuelos and Dylan Covey to head to the bullpen to open the season. The southpaw, who posted a 4.26 ERA and 17:8 K:BB through six spring starts, will remain an option to join the rotation should an opening arise.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Dylan Covey: Opening season in bullpen
Covey will open the season in the White Sox bullpen, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Ervin Santana is expected to begin the year as the team's fifth starter, leaving Covey and Manny Banuelos to fill relief roles. The right-hander posted a solid 2.45 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 4:1 K:BB through 11 innings this spring and will remain an option to start down the line should an opening arise.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Jose Ruiz: Sent to minors
Ruiz was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday.
Ruiz compiled a 2.70 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 10:1 K:BB through 6.2 innings this spring. He's only pitched 5.1 innings above Double-A, so the right-hander will head to the minors to continue his development for the time being.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Jon Jay: Rejoins lineup Sunday
Jay (hip) is batting leadoff and starting in right field for Sunday's Cactus League finale against the Indians, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
Jay has been hampered by a sore hip for over the last week, but his return to the field Sunday puts him on track for Opening Day. Manager Rick Renteria said Saturday he expected the veteran outfielder to be ready to go for Thursday's opener, which appears to be the case. The 34-year-old should provide a reliable outfield bench option for the White Sox.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Eloy Jimenez: Signs contract, has big day
Jimenez went 3-for-3 with a solo home run and walked once in Saturday's game against the Dodgers.
As if on cue, the club's top prospect put up his best hitting effort of the spring hours after he signed a six-year contract, and general manager Rick Hahn suggested to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times that he'll break camp on the major-league roster. Jimenez returned from minor-league spring training for the game and looks like he might stay. Chicago cleared a spot on the Opening Day roster when it optioned Nicky Delmonico to Triple-A Charlotte.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Yoan Moncada: Locked in
Moncada went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, a double and two runs scored Saturday against the Dodgers.
Moncada is putting the finishing touches on an encouraging spring. He's slashing .356/.482/.689 with eight extra-base hits over 56 plate appearances. Hidden among those batted-ball stats is an improved strikeout rate. Moncada fanned on 25 percent of his plate appearances, a drop from 33.4 percent in 2018 when he led the AL in strikeouts.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Manny Banuelos: Puts finishing touch on spring
Banuelos allowed one run on two hits and two walks while striking out three over five innings Saturday against the Dodgers.
Banuelos allowed a leadoff home run then shut down the Dodgers in what was his last spring start to impress manager Rick Renteria, who must decide the makeup of the White Sox's rotation. The left-hander pitched well enough to win a job in the rotation, posting a 4.26 ERA across a team-high six Cactus League starts spanning 19 innings. Renteria will now decide between Banuelos and Ervin Santana to be the fifth starter, although both could make it if the manager feels a struggling Lucas Giolito (8.84 ERA, 3.9 BB/9) needs time to work on his issues.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Luis Robert: Starting season at High-A
Robert is slated to open the 2019 season at High-A Winston-Salem, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Roberts finished the 2018 campaign with the affiliate, managing a .244/.317/.309 slash line while striking out in 26.4 percent of his 140 plate appearances. The White Sox will want to see him find sustained success in the Carolina League before advancing him to Double-A Birmingham.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Nicky Delmonico: Sent to minors
The White Sox optioned Delmonico to Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday.
Delmonico's hopes of making the Opening Day roster may have ended after the White Sox came to terms with top prospect Eloy Jimenez on a six-year, $43 million contract earlier in the week, likely ensuring that the 22-year-old will break camp with the big club. Prior to getting cut, Delmonico had missed time this spring due to a concussion, but he recently returned to the Cactus League lineup and should be ready to play on a regular basis once the International League season commences.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Jon Jay: Should be ready for Opening Day
Manager Rick Renteria expects Jay (hip) to be ready for Opening Day, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Jay has been out for over 10 days but has remained active. Barring setbacks, he should open the season as a bench outfielder.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Eloy Jimenez: Set to make Opening Day roster
General manager Rick Hahn suggested Saturday that Jimenez would be included on the White Sox's Opening Day roster, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. "That decision as to final 25-man roster influences a lot of people, not just [Eloy]," Hahn said. "But I know both of us are certainly looking forward to Opening Day and Eloy getting started in his White Sox career."
After Jimenez signed a six-year, $43 million contract with the White Sox on Wednesday, it appeared to be a foregone conclusion that he would break camp with the big club. The team has since left the door open for Jimenez beginning the campaign at Triple-A Charlotte, but Hahn's comments fall just short of confirming that a minor-league assignment won't happen. Expect the White Sox to confirm Jimenez's spot on the Opening Day roster early during the upcoming week, with the 21-year-old slated to fill an everyday role in the outfield and occupy a prominent spot in the lineup right away.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Welington Castillo: Rejoins lineup
Castillo (back) will start at catcher and bat fifth in Saturday's Cactus League game against the Dodgers, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Castillo will make his first spring appearance in a week after getting some time off to tend to a sore back. The backstop had already logged 22 plate appearances prior to the temporary shutdown, so he should be ready to pick up the start behind the plate in the White Sox's regular-season opener March 28 in Kansas City.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Daniel Palka: Scuffling in Grapefruit League
Palka struck out three times Friday and is 3-for-28 with no home runs and 13 strikeouts this spring.
Palka, who led the White Sox in home runs in 2018, is slated to start in left field but will eventually be replaced by prospect Eloy Jimenez. The White Sox put up with his high strikeout rate (34.1 percent) last year because the power was a threat in the middle of the lineup; however, there is no landing spot for him after Jimenez arrives. Jose Abreu and Yonder Alonso are expected to share first base and designated hitter, leaving Palka with limited avenues to at-bats.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Carlos Rodon: Makes final spring start
Rodon allowed three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three over two innings Friday against the Angels.
Rodon was expected to throw three innings in what was a planned abbreviated outing, but he didn't have his best command and the appearance was cut back to two innings. His spring ERA fell to 5.65. Next up for the left-hander is his first Opening Day start March 28 against the Royals.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Zack Burdi: Looking at extended spring training
Burdi suffered an aggravation of his latissimus early in spring training that delayed his work and will require him to participate in extended spring training, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
The White Sox were already being careful with Burdi, a 2016 first-round draft pick who returned from Tommy John elbow surgery late in the 2018 season. "Worst comes to worst, maybe I stay here for a couple of extended [spring camp] games, because I probably won't get as many looks as these guys," Burdi said. "A week or two into the season, it's missing baseball, which sucks. But at the end of the day, I missed an entire year. It's not worth risking an entire other one." Burdi had reached Triple-A before the elbow injury and could work his way to the majors later this season.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Jake Burger: Cleared for field work
Burger (Achilles) took groundballs at third base Thursday, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Burger was cleared for the activity this week and went immediately to the field to work on his defense. He had been hitting since November. The 2017 first-round draft pick missed all of 2018 after tearing his left Achilles during training camp last year. His return to game action should happen later this summer.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Alex Colome: Confirmed as closer
Colome was confirmed as the White Sox's closer Friday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Colome was battling Kelvin Herrera for the role. Herrera's 2.70 ERA and five strikeouts in 6.2 innings are each better than Colome's 4.50 ERA and three strikeouts in three frames this spring, but Colome was announced as the winner by manager Rick Renteria. The confirmed role should boost Colome's fantasy value, though he's far from a top-tier closer, as his career 22.2 percent strikeout rate is well below the numbers produced by most ninth-inning options.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Eloy Jimenez: Back in action
Jimenez (illness) is in a minor-league lineup Friday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Jimenez was scratched from a minor-league game Thursday due to a head cold but his quick return confirms it was a minor issue. The 22-year-old remains at minor-league camp but his recent six-year extension likely has him ticketed for the majors fairly shortly.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Alcides Escobar: Joins White Sox
Escobar signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox on Friday, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
Escobar was released by the Orioles on Wednesday and was apparently unable to find any major-league opportunities elsewhere. The 32-year-old should head to Triple-A Charlotte and will serve as a depth option at shortstop for the White Sox.... See More ... See Less