Player News - White Sox

Date: Team: Pos:

White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Todd Frazier's oblique injury is mild.

Frazier strained his left oblique Monday in White Sox camp, but it sounds like he'll be ready for Cactus League action sometime near the end of next week. The hard-hitting third baseman should be 100 percent for Opening Day. He tallied a career-high 40 home runs and 98 RBI in 158 games last season.
Feb 23 - 2:48 PM

Charlie Tilson (foot) expects to resume swinging a bat within the next couple of days.

Tilson won't do any running for another week or so, but he'll keep up his hitting on the side as he tries to get past this mid-February stress reaction in his right foot. The young speedster projects to open the 2017 season as Chicago's starting center fielder if his health cooperates.
Feb 23 - 1:24 PM

Todd Frazier suffered an oblique strain on Monday.

The issue was originally described as soreness in his lower left side. Either way, he's likely to be shut down for a few days. There's no need to take a chance with him this early in the spring.
Feb 22 - 2:38 PM

Phil Rogers of MLB.com reports that "nothing seems imminent" in trade talks between the Nationals and White Sox regarding closer David Robertson.

The Nationals have been linked to Robertson for most of the winter and many have tried to connect the dots to a potential match with the White Sox after the Matt Wieters signing, as Pedro Severino could make sense for Chicago. Rogers hears that the Nationals remain interested in Robertson, but it's unclear whether they'll act soon or wait to scout him during the World Baseball Classic. It's a situation to watch. Robertson is owed $25 million over the next two seasons.
Feb 22 - 10:09 AM

According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, a team that has been talking with the White Sox says they have been waiting on the Nationals to sign Matt Wieters before rekindling trade talks regarding David Robertson.

The White Sox need a catcher and the Nationals now have a catching surplus with Derek Norris, Jose Lobaton, and Pedro Severino, so a match could be more feasible now. Robertson has been an obvious fit for Washington all along, so it wouldn't be surprising to see some progress here in the coming days.
Feb 21 - 10:45 AM

Avisail Garcia lost 14 pounds over the offseason.

He currently checks in at 254 pounds but would like to get down to 248 by the end of spring training. Garcia appears motivated and knows that the 2017 campaign could be a pivotal one for him after he produced just a .252/.308/.374 batting line while playing poor defense over the previous two seasons. "I do my routine every morning,’’ Garcia said. "After practice, I go back to the gym. When you work and believe in yourself nothing can stop you."
Feb 20 - 5:37 PM

Charlie Tilson won't run for 10 days after being diagnosed with a stress reaction in his right foot.

Tilson, who suffered the injury on Friday, will be re-evaluated after 10 days. The speedy outfielder entered camp as the favorite for the White Sox' center field job, but he's obviously going to have to stay healthy. Tilson suffered a torn hamstring which required surgery in his lone game with Chicago last season.
Feb 19 - 12:23 PM

White Sox signed LHP Tyler Matzek to a minor league contract.

The former first-round pick has fallen off the map the last couple years due to poor performance and also anxiety issues that have kept him sidelined. He'll look to get back on track in the White Sox' system.
Feb 17 - 2:44 PM

Todd Frazier said Friday that his sprained finger feels fine and that he's been hitting every day since he arrived in White Sox camp.

Frazier suffered a sprained finger on his left hand late last season and was still feeling symptoms during offseason workouts. Just a few weeks ago, the third baseman was wearing a splint on the finger. However, it appears for now that the issue might be behind him. Still, it's something to keep an eye on as he gets into Cactus League action.
Feb 17 - 11:50 AM

Carlos Rodon will play catch Friday for the first time since arriving in White Sox camp.

Rodon isn't coming back from any sort of injury, but rather the White Sox are simply bringing him along more slowly than other pitchers as they prepare him for a bigger workload this season. The left-hander was inconsistent in 2016, but he ultimately struck out over a batter per inning while also cutting his walk rate. He has breakout potential in 2017.
Feb 17 - 9:24 AM

Carlos Sanchez now wants to be known as Yolmer Sanchez.

Yolmer is actually his given first name, so it's an easy switch. "Yes, that’s what I want to do — the first Yolmer in baseball," said Sanchez. "Same guy, but different name." Sanchez, 24, is a .224/.261/.330 hitter over 201 major league games and he spent a large chunk of last season at the Triple-A level. He's going to have to impress this spring to win a spot on the Opening Day roster.
Feb 16 - 9:08 PM

Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that Charlie Tilson "stands a good chance" to be the White Sox' Opening Day center fielder.

Acquired from the Cardinals at last year's trade deadline in the Zach Duke deal, Tilson tore his hamstring in his first game with the White Sox last August and had to have surgery. He's fully recovered now, though, and looks like the favorite to win the center field job for the Pale Hose. He could be a cheap speed option in fantasy leagues if he does win the gig, as Tilson once pilfered 46 bags in a season in the minors. That said, it wouldn't be a surprise if center field is ultimately a revolving door for the White Sox in 2017.
Feb 13 - 5:03 PM

Jerry Sands has signed with the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League.

Sands failed to find an invitation to a major league camp this offseason after batting just .236/.276/.291 in 58 plate appearances last summer with the White Sox. The 29-year-old will try to prove himself worthy of a minor league contract in indy ball. We might have already seen the last of him in MLB.
Feb 13 - 12:59 PM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the White Sox and Nationals are now at a stalemate in trade talks regarding David Robertson.

The two sides had discussed Robertson earlier in the winter when completing the Adam Eaton deal. They revisited those talks recently and had made substantial progress toward a deal, but now neither side seems willing to give in. Barring any changes, the Nationals will enter the season with Shawn Kelley handling the ninth inning.
Source: USA Today
Feb 12 - 10:55 PM

White Sox sent C Kevan Smith outright to Triple-A Charlotte.

He's now off the 40-man roster but will be in spring training as a non-roster invitee. Smith got a cup of coffee with the White Sox last season and hit only .219/.291/.399 at Charlotte.
Feb 10 - 4:06 PM


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