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White Sox's Garrett Crochet: Makes spring debut
Crochet threw 34 pitches and completed 1.2 innings in his Cactus League debut against the Dodgers on Tuesday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Crochet returned from Tommy John surgery early last season, but he also faced shoulder trouble that limited him to only 25 total innings combined between the majors and minors. Despite the limited workload, he's attempting to land a role in the White Sox's rotation to begin the season. He made a good impression in his first spring outing, retiring Mookie Betts, Shohei Ohtani and Freddie Freeman to begin the game. Crochet also touched 99 mph and 100 mph with his fastball, a good sign that his arm is back to full strength.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Jesse Scholtens: Out with torn UCL
Scholtens was placed on the 60-day injured list Tuesday with a torn UCL in his right elbow.
Scholtens finished last season on the injured list with a calf strain and will begin the 2024 campaign in the same fashion with a much more serious injury. The 29-year-old is scheduled to undergo surgery Friday, per LaMond Pope of the Chicago Tribune, and is poised to miss the entirety of the 2024 season.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Bailey Horn: Sent to South Siders
Horn was acquired by the White Sox from the Cubs on Tuesday in exchange for Matthew Thompson, Ken Rosenthal and Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic report.
The trade clears up space on the Cubs' 40-man roster for the signing of Cody Bellinger, which will soon be made official. Horn made 39 relief appearances at Triple-A Iowa last season and had a 4.58 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 59:29 K:BB across 53 innings.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Jordan Leasure: Impressing in camp
Leasure has impressed coaches and teammates early in camp, Vinnie Duber of AllCHGO.com reports.
Leasure was acquired by the White Sox at the trade deadline last season and reached Triple-A Charlotte prior to the close of the campaign. His surface stats weren't particularly impressive, but he did manage 23 punchouts across 13.1 innings of work at the level. With a fastball that hits triple digits, Leasure has the upside to be a high-leverage reliever. Given that the White Sox's bullpen is wide open, he may work his way into a setup -- and potentially even closer -- role as early as 2024.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Paul DeJong: Penciled in as starting shortstop
The White Sox envision DeJong as their starting shortstop to begin the 2024 season, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
DeJong signed a deal with the White Sox early in the offseason, though he presents a curious fit for a rebuilding club. Nevertheless, the team is set on him starting the season at shortstop, pairing with Nicky Lopez in the middle infield. DeJong has failed to post a wRC+ of at least 100 since the 2019 season.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Nicky Lopez: Working exclusively at second base
Lopez has worked exclusively at second base early in spring training, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Lopez has worked evenly at second base and shortstop throughout his big-league career, but the White Sox are having him focus on the latter position for the time being. Van Schouwen reports that the club envisions him and Paul DeJong as the pairing in the middle infield this season, though Lopez could still lose playing time against lefties. Since a solid 2021 campaign, his performance has slipped considerably, and he posted just a .231/.236/.307 line across 262 plate appearances in 2023.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Gavin Sheets: Entering spring on roster bubble
Sheets could have trouble making the Opening Day roster after recent additions to the White Sox's roster, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Sheets spent the last two seasons with a significant share of playing time in right field, and for much of the offseason, it appeared that would remain the case in 2024. However, the White Sox have made several additions late in the offseason, including Kevin Pillar, Mike Moustakas and Dominic Fletcher. All three of those players will be competing directly with Sheets for both plate appearances and a roster spot, so he'll likely need to have a good showing in the spring to head east with the big club.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's John Brebbia: Wearing walking boot
Brebbia (calf) has been fitted with a walking boot and is getting around on a scooter, Vinnie Duber of AllCHGO.com reports.
Brebbia strained his right calf while walking back to the mound during a live batting practice session Wednesday. While he finished the session and said he feels unaffected while pitching, trainers have told Brebbia it will likely be a few weeks before he's back at full strength. The reliever didn't rule out pitching before then since he's able to throw pain-free, but the White Sox probably aren't going to clear him for games until he's able to field his position at 100 percent. It's looking likely the issue will result in an injured list stint, but a clearer timeline should emerge as camp progresses. Brebbia is in the mix to close games for the White Sox this season.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Peyton Burdick: Claimed off waivers
Burdick was claimed off waivers by the White Sox on Friday.
Burdick was designated for assignment by the Orioles on Monday and will now join his third organization of the offseason. The 26-year-old's immediate outlook for playing time improves significantly with the rebuilding White Sox, though he'll need a strong showing during spring training to have a chance of cracking the Opening Day roster.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Matt Foster: Shifts to 60-day IL
Foster (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list Friday.
The right-hander is recovering from Tommy John surgery he underwent last April and will be sidelined for at least the first two months of the 2024 campaign. Foster is aiming to return sometime over the summer.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Shane Drohan: Undergoes surgery
Drohan underwent shoulder surgery Thursday, Vinnie Duber of AllCHGO.com reports.
Drohan is expected to begin a throwing program by the end of the spring, but it's unclear how long it will be before he takes the mound for the White Sox. The 25-year-old Rule 5 Draft pick posted a 6.37 ERA and 1.85 WHIP across 89 innings with Boston's Triple-A affiliate last year. While most of Drohan's minor-league appearances came as a starter, it's possible the White Sox bring him back to serve as a multi-inning reliever.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's John Brebbia: Dealing with calf strain
Brebbia suffered a right calf strain while throwing a live batting practice session Wednesday, Vinnie Duber of AllCHGO.com reports.
The White Sox didn't specify an exact timeline for Brebbia's return, but the team is hopeful that the 33-year-old reliever will be ready for Opening Day. Brebbia posted a 3.99 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 38.1 innings with the Giants last season, and he's expected to be in the mix for saves for Chicago in 2024.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Corey Knebel: Behind schedule
White Sox pitching coach Ethan Katz said Thursday that Knebel (shoulder) is a bit behind other relievers in camp, James Fegan of SoxMachine.com reports.
Knebel is coming back from right shoulder surgery that he had back in August of 2022. He is considered healthy but will need to throw a few more bullpen sessions before being cleared to appear in Cactus League games.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Bryan Shaw: In mix for saves
Shaw is a candidate to earn saves for the White Sox this season, Jack Magruder of MLB.com reports.
Shaw is in camp on a minor-league deal, but he pitched fairly effectively for the White Sox last season by maintaining a 4.14 ERA and 1.23 WHIP with a 40:17 K:BB across 45.2 innings. He also logged four saves and four holds, showing some ability to pitch in high-leverage situations. Shaw's role remains far from certain however, as Chicago's bullpen is wide open, and general manager Chris Getz specifically declined to name a closer early in spring training.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Dominic Fletcher: Penciled into starting role
Fletcher is the leading candidate to start in right field for the White Sox to begin the season, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The White Sox acquired Fletcher from the Diamondbacks in early February, and he should immediately have the chance to contribute to his new club. He made his big-league debut in 2023, posting a .301/.350/.441 line across 102 plate appearances -- good for a 113 wRC+. Fletcher will have to hold off Gavin Sheets and Kevin Pillar during spring training, with the latter being a logical candidate to serve in a short-side platoon role alongside Fletcher in right field.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Edgar Navarro: Requires Tommy John surgery
Navarro will undergo Tommy John surgery in March, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Navarro was outrighted off Chicago's 40-man roster in December, and he'll now be prevented from returning to action until midway through the 2025 season. The 26-year-old righty has allowed seven earned runs through 8.2 major-league innings in his career.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Andrew Benintendi: Plagued by hand injury last season
Benintendi said Tuesday that he was held back by a hand injury last season, Vinnie Duber of AllCHGO.com reports.
Benintendi's 2022 season ended prematurely due to right hamate surgery and soreness his hand/wrist area evidently lingered for much of the 2023 campaign. He never went on the injured list but did miss about a week of action around midseason. The injury could at least partly explain Benintendi's meager .262/.326/.356 batting line last season, so perhaps at least a modest resurgence might be in store in 2024 now that he's apparently fully recovered. For what it's worth, Benintendi said he had "one of my best offseasons," while gaining some strength.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Andrew Benintendi: Likely to bat leadoff?
White Sox manager Pedro Grifol listed Benintendi when asked Monday about potential leadoff hitters, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Grifol said he had a few players in mind, but Benintendi is the only one he mentioned by name, suggesting the 29-year-old could be the favorite to hit at the top of the batting order. It's not a surprise, especially considering the team's lack of options. Benintendi's first season in Chicago in 2023 was a lackluster one, as he slashed just .262/.326/.356 with five home runs and 13 stolen bases. He has four years and $66.4 million remaining on his contract.... See More ... See Less
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