Player News - White Sox

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According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cardinals "have quietly showed interest" in White Sox starter Jose Quintana.

Heyman notes that the Astros and Pirates have been the perceived frontrunners for Quintana, but he calls their pursuits of the left-handed ace "passive" up to this point. In his report Heyman then labels the Cardinals a "sleeper team," with the "combination of young players and prospects to make it work." The asking price is undoubtedly sky-high for Quintana, who boasts a 3.35 ERA over the last four seasons and a team-friendly contract that runs through 2020. He is currently projected to serve as the Opening Day starter for the rebuilding White Sox.
Mar 30 - 10:53 AM

Dylan Covey drew the start for the White Sox in Wednesday’s Cactus League tie with the Padres, allowing three hits and two runs over one inning of work.

It was an unusually brief outing for Covey, though that was Chicago’s plan all along. Covey allowed hits to three of the five batters he faced with Wil Myers taking him deep for a two-run jack. The right-hander was used almost exclusively as a starter in the minor leagues but is hoping to crack the White Sox Opening Day roster as a middle/long reliever. He’s posted a lousy 7.82 ERA over nine Cactus League appearances.
Mar 29 - 7:16 PM

Jacob May is expected to be the White Sox' Opening Day center fielder.

May has never played in the majors, but he earned the spot by batting .349/.369/.524 with one home run and four stolen bases this spring. Plus, the White Sox just don't have many options with Charlie Tilson (foot) sidelined and Peter Bourjos traded. May could be worth a late AL-only pick since he can steal some bases, but he might not get on base enough for it to matter.
Source: CSN Chicago
Mar 28 - 7:26 PM

Jake Petricka (hand) will play catch on Tuesday.

He was drilled by a comebacker on Monday but X-rays on his right hand came back negative. Petricka is still on track to pitch against the Brewers this weekend. The right-hander will be fine for Opening Day.
Mar 28 - 3:33 PM

X-rays on Jake Petricka's right hand came back negative.

Petricka took a comebacker off his hand on Monday, but fortunately he avoided serious injury. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Mar 28 - 12:41 PM

Carlos Rodon (biceps) was diagnosed with bursitis after an MRI showed no structural damage.

The initial MRI on Rodon's left biceps showed no structural damage, so this test confirms the original diagnosis. The plan calls for him to go on a throwing program for the next two weeks before being re-evaluated. He'll go on the disabled list, but it's possible he could be ready at some point in the early part of the year.
Mar 28 - 12:38 PM

White Sox reassigned LHP Matt Purke to Triple-A Charlotte.

Purke struggled during his first stint in the majors in 2016 and was removed from Chicago's 40-man roster back in December. The 26-year-old will function as bullpen depth in Triple-A.
Mar 28 - 11:00 AM

White Sox reassigned LHP Cory Luebke to minor league camp.

Luebke, a non-roster invitee, allowed four runs (one earned) with a 6/3 K/BB ratio over 9 1/3 innings this spring. The 32-year-old has had all sorts of injury issues in recent years and struggled with the Pirates last year. He'll try to put himself back on the map in Triple-A.
Mar 28 - 10:56 AM

Anthony Swarzak's fastball has been clocked on average at nearly 96 mph this spring.

Swarzak was around 93 mph last season with the Yankees as a full-time reliever, but this is easily the hardest the 31-year-old has ever thrown. The righty says the adjustment is a mental rather than physical one, as he's "getting to that age where nothing is guaranteed for me so I'm kind of letting it all out there and I think I found another gear somewhere." Swarzak has a 3.86 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings this spring and has a good shot to make the White Sox' bullpen as a non-roster invitee.
Source: CSN Chicago
Mar 27 - 7:49 PM

Todd Frazier doubled and connected for a solo homer in a 5-2 win over the Dodgers on Monday.

Frazier came into Monday’s action hitting just .161 (5-for-31) with zero homers this spring, so it was nice to see some of signs of life with Opening Day rapidly approaching. The 31-year-old is going to be a batting average risk unless he cuts down on the strikeouts, but he provides enough power and speed to be one of the first half-dozen third basemen off the board in fantasy leagues.
Mar 27 - 7:14 PM

Derek Holland yielded two runs in six innings of work against the Dodgers on Monday.

Holland gave up a two-run single to Yasmani Grandal in the bottom of the first, but otherwise he kept the Dodgers off the board. The southpaw allowed five hits and a pair of walks while striking out one. The White Sox signed Holland with the idea of eating up some innings while their young pitchers get some seasoning in the minors, but he’s off the mixed league radar.
Mar 27 - 7:13 PM

Jake Petricka will undergo an X-ray after being hit on the right hand by a comebacker.

Petricka said that everything "seems OK," but we'll have to wait and find out what the exam says. He'll be a middle reliever for the Pale Hose this season.
Mar 27 - 6:45 PM

X-rays on Tyler Saladino's left wrist came back negative.

Saladino was hit on the wrist by a pitch in a minor league game Monday. He's probably sore but should be fine. Saladino is slated to be the White Sox' Opening Day second baseman.
Mar 27 - 6:44 PM

Melky Cabrera went 2-for-3 as the White Sox beat the Giants 4-3 in Cactus League play on Sunday.

Cabrera singled in the first and sixth. He still has a weak .245 batting average and .588 OPS in this year's Cactus League, and he doesn't carry much fantasy upside into the 2017 regular season. Melky did nearly post a career-high in RBI last year with 86, but that came with only 14 home runs.
Mar 26 - 7:05 PM

James Shields yielded three earned runs over five innings Sunday in his Cactus League start against the Giants.

All three of those runs came in the top of the second, with Tim Federowicz slapping an RBI single that deflected off White Sox infielder Tyler Saladino and Eduardo Nunez adding a two-run double. Shields struck out three but walked two in the so-so outing. The veteran right-hander makes for a poor fantasy bet in 2017 after posting a rough 5.85 ERA across 181 2/3 innings in 2016.
Mar 26 - 5:51 PM


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