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White Sox's Luis Robert: Making plate adjustments
Robert went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI-single in Wednesday's spring game against the Royals.
Robert is off to a good start this spring and is motivated to put last year's sluggish September behind him. White Sox hitting coach Frank Menechino talked about the young outfielder's offseason work with Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun Times. "He worked his tail off, made some adjustments in his setup, made some adjustments with pitch recognition," Menechino said. "He's taking a lot more balls right now. He's really got his setup and approach working." Robert is 3-for-6 with two doubles in his two spring starts. He's batted leadoff in those games but is expected to bat lower in the order once the regular season opens.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Nick Madrigal: Expected to debut Monday
Madrigal (shoulder) is expected to make his Cactus League debut against the Dodgers on Monday, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
Madrigal was expected to return to action in early March after undergoing shoulder surgery during the offseason. He's on track to do so, as manager Tony La Russa said Wednesday that he's currently penciled in to start Monday. Barring any setbacks, Madrigal will have several weeks to ramp up his conditioning ahead of Opening Day.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Jonathan Stiever: Impressing as starting depth
Stiever will stay stretched out and will serve as starting depth in 2021, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
Stiever made two starts for the White Sox during the abbreviated 2020 season and allowed seven runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out three over 6.1 innings. Although he struggled over a limited sample last year, manager Tony La Russa called the right-hander a "future rotation fixture" Wednesday and said that he has no plans to use him as a reliever.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Jimmy Lambert: Slated to serve as starting depth
Lambert (forearm) will stay stretched out and should serve as starting depth during the 2021 season, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
Lambert missed most of the 2020 campaign due to a right forearm strain, but he threw a live bullpen session Wednesday. Although he served as a reliever in each of his first two major-league appearances last year, manager Tony La Russa said Wednesday that the team intends to use him as starting depth while calling him a "future rotation fixture." La Russa said he has no plans to make him a reliever heading into the season, Vinnie Duber of NBC Sports Chicago reports.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Yoan Moncada: Plays field Tuesday
Moncada started at third base and went 1-for-2 with two runs scored in Tuesday's spring game against the Rangers.
Moncada appeared for the first time in the field since he experienced arm soreness over the final week of February. "His stroke looks really good on both sides of the plate," manager Tony La Russa told Scott Merkin of MLB.com. "He's moving well." Moncada was limited to DH duties but should be back to normal at third base.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Andrew Vaughn: Swats first Cactus League homer
Vaughn went 1-for-2 with a walk, a three-run home run and an additional run in Tuesday's spring game against Texas.
Vaughn lifted a first-inning, three-run homer off Kohei Arihara, his first long ball of Cactus League play. The 2019 third-overall draft pick also has three walks through his first two spring training games. Vaughn is projected as the team's starting designated hitter, per Scott Merkin of MLB.com, and the rookie's plate approach and power potential appears ready for MLB.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Jose Abreu: Delivers two knocks in debut
Abreu went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's Cactus League game against Texas.
Abreu made his spring debut Tuesday after testing positive for COVID-19. Last season's AL MVP, Abreu told Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun Times he'd be ready to hit if the season were to start now.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Lucas Giolito: Whiffs four in spring debut
Giolito allowed one run on one hit while striking out four over two innings in Tuesday's spring game against the Rangers.
Giolito made his spring debut Tuesday and navigated around a Ronald Guzman home run in what he deemed was a successful first start. "The focus was just getting acclimated again with game speed," Giolito told Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun Times. "Being able to control my breathing, control the pace of the game, those were my main focuses. I feel like I did pretty well." The White Sox's projected Opening Day starter struck out Joey Gallo, Khris Davis and Nick Solak consecutively over the first and second innings, including coming back from a 3-0 count on Davis. Giolito said he feels he's right where he needs to be at this point.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Adam Engel: Dealing with mild ankle issue
Engel is battling mild inflammation in his right ankle, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The issue explains why Engel was scratched from the lineup ahead of Tuesday's game against the Rangers. It doesn't appear serious enough to impact his readiness for Opening Day.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Adam Engel: Scratched from lineup
Engel was scratched from the lineup ahead of Tuesday's game against Texas.
There hasn't been any report of Engel dealing with an injury, so this could simply be a change of plans by the White Sox. Luis Gonzalez will replace him in the lineup, batting seventh and playing center field.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Yoan Moncada: Draws start in field
Moncada (arm) will start at third base and will bat second in Tuesday's Cactus League game against the Rangers.
After reporting to camp last week with a sore arm, Moncada was limited to designated-hitter duties in his Cactus League debut Sunday against the Brewers. He played all six innings of the White Sox's 7-2 loss, going 0-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored. The White Sox were apparently satisfied with how Moncada came out of that contest, so he'll now take on a defensive role in his second game of the spring. The 25-year-old looks like he'll face no further limitations due to the arm injury heading into Opening Day.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Jose Abreu: May play Tuesday
White Sox manager Tony La Russa said Abreu may make his spring debut Tuesday, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Abreu entered camp late due to COVID-19. He's taken batting practice every day since Saturday, appeared in an intrasquad game, and fielded groundballs Monday.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Leury Garcia: Makes spring debut
Garcia went 1-for-1 with a walk and stole a base in Monday's spring game against the Angels.
Garcia started at second base with Nick Madrigal still finishing up his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery. Danny Mendick started Sunday's Cactus League opener at second with Garcia stepping in Monday for his spring debut. An everyday player in 2019, when he had a career-high 618 plate appearances, Garcia injured his thumb in 2020 and was limited to 16 games but recovered in time for the postseason. With Madrigal expected to be back in time to prepare for the regular season, Garcia should fill a utility role for the White Sox in 2021.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Yermin Mercedes: Doubles in spring debut
Mercedes went 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored in Monday's spring game against the Angels.
The White Sox have used Zack Collins and Mercedes in the first two games of Cactus League play while Yasmani Grandal deals with right-knee inflammation. The club is not going to push Grandal, who began ramping up activity Sunday and is expected to get plenty of at-bats to be ready for Opening Day. Mercedes, whose power stroke during 2020 spring training made headlines, may get some opportunities early this spring, but he's expected to be in the minors when camp breaks.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Marco Hernandez: Sees action in spring opener
Hernandez (visa issues) arrived at spring training and appeared in the White Sox's 7-2 loss to the Brewers in Sunday's Cactus League opener.
He entered Sunday's contest as a pinch runner, finishing the day 0-for-1 while also seeing work in the field at second base. Hernandez is attending spring training as a non-roster invitee and looks unlikely to win a reserve infield role with the White Sox.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Jake Burger: Starts at 3B
Burger started at third base and went 0-for-3 in Sunday's spring game against the Brewers.
This was Burger's first game action since Feb. 2018, when he ruptured his left Achilles. The 2017 first-round draft pick then missed 2019 with a second Achilles injury and didn't play during 2020. Burger filled in at third base for Yoan Moncada (arm) and is reportedly in the mix for designated hitter, though it would seem he needs work in the minors after a three-year layoff.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Yoan Moncada: Steals bag, scores Sunday
Moncada (arm) went 0-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored in Sunday's spring game against the Brewers.
Moncada's experiencing soreness in his arm that's preventing him from playing the field, but he did work as the designated hitter in the Cactus League opener. And his legs appear fine as he reached on a fielder's choice, then stole a base and came home on Adam Engel's two-run home run.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Yasmani Grandal: Expected back soon
Grandal (knee) ramped up his hitting and throwing Sunday and is expected to return soon, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
Grandal recently twisted his right knee during drills and will miss at least the first two spring games due to inflammation, but he appears to be nearing a return. Barring any setbacks, the 32-year-old catcher should still have plenty of time to prepare for Opening Day.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Yoan Moncada: Serving as DH in spring opener
Moncada (arm) will bat second as the designated hitter in Sunday's spring opener against the Brewers, LaMond Pope of the Chicago Tribune reports.
The 25-year-old has been limited at the start of camp due to arm soreness, but he's still able to hit with no issues. Manager Tony La Russa previously said Moncada was set to resume throwing and could be playing the field early this week, so he should be back on the field at full strength in the near future.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Lance Lynn: Starting Thursday
Lynn will start Thursday's spring game against the Giants, Daryl Van Shouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The White Sox will start rolling out their regular starters beginning Tuesday with Lucas Giolito. Lynn's start Thursday puts him on a five-day schedule for the third game of the season, suggesting that the left-handed Dallas Keuchel will slot in between the two right-handers.... See More ... See Less
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