Player News - White Sox

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Miguel Gonzalez imploded Saturday in a loss to the Blue Jays, allowing 10 hits and eight earned runs in only 5 1/3 innings.

This one was pretty much doomed from the start. Toronto strung together three runs in the first inning and kept the slugfest going with two more in the second and another three in the fourth. Gonzalez was lifted after throwing just 81 pitches, finishing the afternoon with three walks and a pair of strikeouts. The right-hander has done nothing to instill confidence this year, winning just one of his 10 starts with a 5.17 ERA. He could be pitching for his rotation spot when he takes the hill Friday against Houston.
Jun 25 - 5:58 PM

Brett Lawrie hammered a pair of home runs Saturday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

The Pale Hose matched a team record with seven home runs on Saturday, though all of them were solo shots. Lawrie legged an inside-the-parker in the second inning before taking R.A. Dickey deep again in the fourth. He added an RBI single in the sixth for good measure. The 26-year-old is now on pace for 20 home runs, which would best the 16 he belted last season. Unfortunately he's hitting just .241 with 88 strikeouts in 278 at-bats.
Jun 25 - 5:50 PM

Jose Abreu (leg) returned to the starting lineup Saturday against the the Blue Jays.

Abreu sat out Friday's game due to leg fatigue, but it's not a major concern. After a slow start to the season, the slugger is batting .333 with five homers and 20 RBI this month.
Jun 25 - 4:14 PM

Justin Morneau (elbow) took batting practice on the field Saturday.

It was his first time doing so since offseason surgery to repair a flexor injury in his left elbow. Morneau signed a deal with the White Sox earlier this month and appears on track to help the major league roster during the second half.
Jun 25 - 12:50 PM

Carlos Rodon struck out eight batters and gave up only two runs but was pulled one out short of a quality start and had to settle for a no-decision as the White Sox beat the Blue Jays 3-2 on Friday.

He gave up two walks and six hits, none of which left the yard. Home runs have been a problem for Rodon this year but not tonight. His ERA improves to 4.09 with an 82/29 K/BB in 81 1/3 innings. He has a good matchup versus the Twins in his next start on Thursday.
Jun 25 - 1:13 AM

David Robertson collected his 19th save despite loading the bases with Blue Jays in the ninth inning on Friday.

Robertson induced a fly-out to right from Devon Travis before walking Darwin Barney. Ezequiel Carrera and Josh Donaldson both got cheap singles to load the bases. Robertson then fanned Edwin Encarnacion and got Michael Saunders to pop out to end the game. Robertson has walked too many batters to be dominant this year but has still been very effective, blowing only two saves. He remains locked in as the White Sox closer.
Jun 25 - 12:51 AM

Melky Cabrera went 3-for-4 and hit his eighth home run of the season on Friday in a win over the Blue Jays.

Cabrera is not an exciting player to own but has provided solid fantasy value throughout his career. He is now batting .296 with 35 runs and 38 RBI to go along with the eight home runs. His .820 OPS is his best since 2012 with the Giants -- the year he got busted for PEDs.
Jun 25 - 12:43 AM

Zach Putnam is mulling surgery to repair ulnar neuritis in his right elbow.

Putnam dealt with the elbow issue for a while before finally being put on the disabled list earlier this week. It's unclear whether surgery would knock him out for the season, but his loss would be a big blow to the White Sox' bullpen. Putnam boasts a 2.82 ERA and has struck out over a batter per inning since the beginning of 2014.
Jun 24 - 5:35 PM

Jose Abreu is not in the White Sox' lineup Friday due to leg fatigue.

It will only be a one-day absence, as Abreu is expected back in there Saturday. Todd Frazier will play first base and Tyler Saladino is at third on Friday.
Jun 24 - 4:36 PM

James Shields was charged with three runs in five-plus innings Thursday in a no-decision against the Red Sox.

Shields allowed just one run through five, but then he walked David Ortiz and Ryan LaMarre to start the sixth and was pulled. Matt Albers came on and allowed both inherited runners to score. Even so, it was easily Shields' best outing since his return to the American League. His velocity was very good today, but he traded some control to get there. All in all, it still wasn't particularly encouraging.
Jun 23 - 6:07 PM

Jose Abreu went 2-for-4 and hit a three-run homer against the Red Sox on Thursday.

Abreu is hitting .333 with five homers, seven doubles and 20 RBI in 20 games this month. There's a good chance he's a top-five first baseman the rest of the way.
Jun 23 - 6:05 PM

Melky Cabrera went 4-for-5 with a homer, a double and four RBI as the White Sox beat the Red Sox 8-6 on Wednesday.

Cabrera has been the White Sox's most consistent hitter this year, and his .795 OPS leads the team. His mixed-league value remains quite limited, since he doesn't do anything especially well and he's a zero in steals, but he probably is worth the roster spot while he's batting cleanup, as he has been of late.
Jun 22 - 11:22 PM

Jose Quintana surrendered six runs in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday against the Red Sox.

A rare off night for Quintana. He walked a career-high six batters, and he could have been knocked out even earlier if not for some bad baserunning by the Red Sox (they had David Ortiz thrown out at home by a mile in the first and Sandy Leon picked off third in the fourth). It was just the third time in 15 starts this year that he's allowed more than three runs.
Jun 22 - 11:19 PM

With David Robertson and Nate Jones unavailable, Zach Duke pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Duke got to face the bottom of the Red Sox lineup, retiring Hanley Ramirez, Deven Marrero and Sandy Leon after giving up a leadoff single to Jackie Bradley Jr. It was Duke's third career save. He has a 2.92 ERA in his setup role this year.
Jun 22 - 11:15 PM

White Sox claimed RHP Juan Minaya off waivers from the Astros.

Minaya was designated for assignment by Houston last week. The 25-year-old had a 3.91 ERA and 19/10 K/BB ratio through 25 1/3 innings this season with Triple-A Fresno.
Jun 22 - 2:36 PM


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