Tilson sidelined with stress reaction in foot

Tilson sidelined with stress reaction in foot

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox outfielder Charlie Tilson sustained a stress reaction in his right foot during Friday workouts at Camelback Ranch and he will be shut down from impact activities for 10 days.

Tilson will be re-evaluated at that point. A MRI was done Saturday on Tilson's right foot, showing the stress reaction. The left-handed-hitting native of Wilmette, Ill., had the early edge to claim the center-field job after coming over to the White Sox from the Cardinals via a trade for Zach Duke last season.

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Moncada ignores hype, focuses on Sox roster

Moncada ignores hype, focuses on Sox roster

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Aaron Rowand had the chance to work against Yoan Moncada during his first foray as manager for the Glendale Desert Dogs as part of the 2016 Arizona Fall League.

So the opinion put forth by Rowand, the center fielder on the 2005 White Sox World Series champions and the organization's current Minor League outfielder/baserunning coordinator, should hold some weight.

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Energized Lawrie stepping in right direction

White Sox 2B ditches orthotics after injury-plagued season

Energized Lawrie stepping in right direction

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Brett Lawrie was upbeat and full of life when he met the media Saturday, the day White Sox position players officially joined pitchers for Spring Training at Camelback Ranch.

That demeanor shouldn't come as a surprise from the high-energy second baseman, who hit .248 with 12 homers and 22 doubles in 94 games during his White Sox debut in 2016. That energy dissipated around July 21, when he left a game against the Tigers due to what was diagnosed as a tight left hamstring.

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Renteria establishes rapport with White Sox

Renteria establishes rapport with White Sox

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox manager Rick Renteria presented his message to the team Saturday morning at Camelback Ranch with position players reporting for the first full-squad workout.

"It was just basically trying to establish that we're going to play the game a certain way," Renteria said. "We all love baseball, and obviously, we live vicariously through our players.

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Rodon begins slower approach to spring

Rodon begins slower approach to spring

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Left-hander Carlos Rodon threw for the first time at 2017 White Sox camp Friday morning, making about 30 tosses with bullpen coach Curt Hasler before the team's regular workout.

Rodon said "everything feels great," reinforcing the point that Friday's effort stands as part of the plan to ease him into a longer Spring Training brought about by the World Baseball Classic.

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White Sox players balance rebuilding idea

Frazier, Shields among veterans looking to surprise in 2017

White Sox players balance rebuilding idea

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- As the White Sox prepare for their first full-squad workout at Camelback Ranch, third baseman Todd Frazier chose to make a specific distinction concerning the team's direction on Friday.

"I don't really like that word, 'rebuild,'" Frazier said. "I always talk about refueling the team."

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Lopez aims to start in White Sox system

Renteria praises pitching prospect's command early at camp

Lopez aims to start in White Sox system

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Reynaldo Lopez answered all of the media's questions Friday morning in Spanish, with the help of White Sox interpreter Billy Russo, except for one.

Does he prefer to be a starter or a reliever?

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Shields confident he'll bounce back in 2017

Right-hander struggled after being traded to White Sox last June

Shields confident he'll bounce back in 2017

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- After 11 years in the Majors and 2,294 1/3 innings pitched, along with a .534 winning percentage, 3.91 ERA, 23 complete games and 1,977 strikeouts, James Shields believes his career numbers speak volumes.

"I have nothing to prove. Nothing to prove," Shields said on Thursday at Camelback Ranch. "I think my career speaks for itself."

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White Sox emphasizing location with Kopech

White Sox emphasizing location with Kopech

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper has an early message for Michael Kopech, the hard thrower who is the No. 16 prospect in baseball according to MLBPipeline.com, after three days of workouts: Don't do everything at 100 percent, because it's going to be a long spring.

"Every single pitch, he's trying to throw the [heck] out of it, to tell you the truth," Cooper said.

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Giolito proud to come from family of actors

Right-hander's grandfather was on iconic series 'Seinfeld'

Giolito proud to come from family of actors

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- If Lucas Giolito had followed the path traveled by his family, he might be getting ready for the Academy Awards instead of the 2017 Major League Baseball season.

Reviewing dailies at some exotic locale would be more likely than throwing bullpen sessions at Camelback Ranch. He would be taking cues from Martin Scorsese instead of White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper.

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Holland adds character to White Sox clubhouse

Veteran's lively personality could be good for young players

Holland adds character to White Sox clubhouse

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- One by one, Derek Holland listed off his skill set during a Wednesday morning media session at Camelback Ranch.

Nothing from that particular list of attributes had anything to do with baseball.

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Quintana not thinking about trade possibility

Lefty starter focused on job; athletic Moncada progressing quickly

Quintana not thinking about trade possibility

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jose Quintana admitted to being surprised upon first hearing about Chris Sale's December trade to Boston.

"But I know that's part of the business. That happens," Quintana said. "Every time the team thinks about how to make it better."

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Attention turns from trades to preparation for White Sox

Attention turns from trades to preparation for White Sox

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jose Quintana was at Camelback Ranch on Tuesday as White Sox pitchers and catchers reported to begin Spring Training.

So were closer David Robertson and setup man Nate Jones.

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White Sox will ease Rodon into spring action

White Sox will ease Rodon into spring action

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox starter Carlos Rodon did not participate in any throwing drills during Tuesday's first day of camp at Camelback Ranch.

But the southpaw and the club stated that this lack of opening action for one of its key rotation members was part of the plan for a longer than usual Spring Training. Rodon told reporters that he felt fine after Tuesday's workout.

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Jones thrilled to be on Team USA for Classic

Jones thrilled to be on Team USA for Classic

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Being selected as part of Team USA during the upcoming World Baseball Classic served as honor enough for White Sox reliever Nate Jones.

But getting a call from Team USA general manager Joe Torre and manager Jim Leyland, both legendary Major League Baseball figures, became an unexpected bonus on top of the accomplishment.

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Rebuilding White Sox looking for success

Renteria focuses on daily 'high expectations'

Rebuilding White Sox looking for success

GLENDALE, ARIZ. -- Nobody expects the White Sox to be a winning team in 2017, let alone contend for a postseason appearance.

That sort of outlook goes hand and hand with any organization undergoing a full rebuild such as the White Sox. But manager Rick Renteria isn't giving much thought to outside expectations, a point he reinforced during his Monday meeting with the media, one day before pitchers and catchers report to Camelback Ranch.

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They Said It: Rumors until agent calls

White Sox chatter from Spring Training

They Said It: Rumors until agent calls

GLENDALE, ARIZ. -- White Sox players will be telling their stories, both on the individual and team level, for much of the next seven weeks. MLB.com will be there to listen and write about Spring Training moves and machinations.

Many players put in a little offseason practice on that talking point, shown here in this edition of They Said It.

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Youth movement to highlight White Sox spring

With trades of Sale and Eaton, South Siders feature a plethora of prospects

Youth movement to highlight White Sox spring

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's White Sox squad each day this week. Today's topic: Spring Training is here.

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- All offseason, the focus on the White Sox has been about the plethora of prospects acquired by general manager Rick Hahn. On Tuesday, we'll get our first look at them. New prospects, new manager, new plan, new season.

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Roster battles abound for rebuilding White Sox

Roster battles abound for rebuilding White Sox

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's White Sox squad each day this week. Today's topic: Predicting the 25-man roster.

CHICAGO -- Take a look at this educated guess for what the White Sox Opening Day roster could look like. But don't commit it to memory, and don't necessarily pick out your favorite player to follow for the season to come.

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Prospect development most important for White Sox

Perfect season for rebuilding club would be young players improving together

Prospect development most important for White Sox

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's White Sox squad each day this week. Today's topic: The perfect season

CHICAGO -- For the first time in many a year, the White Sox potentially perfect season will not consist of 80 or 90 victories and a chance for playoff contention.

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Hahn, Sox aiming to build perennial contender

'Top-heavy roster' didn't work out, leading to trades of Sale, Eaton for top prospects

Hahn, Sox aiming to build perennial contender

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's White Sox squad each day this week. Today's topic: What's the vision?

CHICAGO -- When Rick Hahn discusses the White Sox current rebuild, the team's general manager uses two words in describing his vision.

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Quintana among 8 White Sox on Classic rosters

Gonzalez, Robertson, Jones also set to represent countries in WBC '17

Quintana among 8 White Sox on Classic rosters

CHICAGO -- Jose Quintana couldn't contain his excitement last Spring Training when Colombia qualified for the World Baseball Classic for the first time.

So imagine Quintana's level of euphoria and pride as the potential opening starter for his native country against the United States during Pool C action in Miami this March. Quintana stands as one of eight players in the White Sox organization taking part in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

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Phil Rogers

5 steps for a quick White Sox rebuild

5 steps for a quick White Sox rebuild

CHICAGO -- Two fewer wins. That's all that stands between the White Sox and Andrew Benintendi, the run-producing outfielder who MLBPipeline.com now ranks as the top prospect in baseball, a pure hitter who could be their Kris Bryant, their Carlos Correa.

Benintendi was coveted by the White Sox scouting staff long before his power surge that helped the Arkansas Razorbacks reach the 2015 College World Series. The better he hit, the more they feared they might lose him to a team with a higher pick. And sure enough, they did.

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