Holy Holland! Pitcher brings fun to White Sox clubhouse

Newly signed starter wears Batman suit at camp Wednesday

Holy Holland! Pitcher brings fun to White Sox clubhouse

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Long after the White Sox completed their morning workout on Wednesday, pitcher Derek Holland made his way around the team's training complex in a Batman suit.

"I have two," he told second baseman Brett Lawrie in the hallway outside the clubhouse.

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Frazier to miss several days of camp with sore side

Third baseman started feeling tightness on Tuesday

Frazier to miss several days of camp with sore side

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier will be sidelined at least a few days with a sore left side.

Frazier felt some tightness on Tuesday, and did not participate in Wednesday's workout at White Sox Spring Training at Camelback Ranch.

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Geo Soto, Gio Soto share bond beyond name

Geo Soto, Gio Soto share bond beyond name

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- What's in a name?

Sometimes confusion for Chicago White Sox reliever Giovanni Soto and catcher Geovany Soto. But the teammates have more in common than their nearly identical names, and a friendship has blossomed between the new batterymates.

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Fabian Ardaya is a senior majoring in journalism at Arizona State University. This story is part of a Cactus League partnership between MLB.com and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox content with group of catchers entering 2017

Prospect Collins still a year or two away from Majors

White Sox content with group of catchers entering 2017

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The White Sox catcher of the future draws a great deal of attention in the present.

But with Zack Collins, the team's top pick in the 2016 Draft, still a year or two away from being behind the plate for Chicago, the team seems satisfied with the current catching combination in place at this point for '17.

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White Sox earn praise for reshaping club

Royals GM Moore compliments 'unbelievable job' in retooling for future

White Sox earn praise for reshaping club

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox general manager Rick Hahn caught a few members of the press off guard Tuesday with comments made during the annual gathering of managers and general managers for Cactus League media day.

Hahn's words centered on trade talks involving Jose Quintana and the World Series champion Cubs, a question that was asked when Hahn was seen speaking with Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer before their 4 p.m. session began at their respective tables.

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Giolito feels work from offseason paying off early in camp

No. 11 overall prospect hoping to see better results in 2017

Giolito feels work from offseason paying off early in camp

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Lucas Giolito likes the way the ball is coming out of his hand, a noticeable difference even through just one week of Spring Training pitching with the White Sox.

"Much better than last year," said Giolito, MLB's No. 11 overall prospect, per MLBPipeline.com. "I made a lot of positive changes in the offseason trying to simplify things -- get back to basics, let the ball kind of come out of my hand instead of forcing it. And it's feeling very good."

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Garcia driven to reclaim outfield spot

Garcia driven to reclaim outfield spot

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- There was very little offseason for Avisail Garcia after a disappointing 2016 campaign came to a close.

The White Sox right fielder worked hard at his craft, picking up 113 at-bats while playing for Tigres de Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League. He also got into better shape, dropping from 268 pounds to 258 at the start of Spring Training, and has a goal weight of 248 by the time the team breaks camp.

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Renteria expects bright future for White Sox

Skipper discusses value of hard work, Chicago's young talent

Renteria expects bright future for White Sox

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Presidents Day comes this year only a few days after White Sox position players reported to Camelback Ranch for their first full squad workout of Spring Training. And it's Rick Renteria, the man in charge of the White Sox day-to-day activities, who is providing this short state of the team to coincide with this holiday.

Renteria managed the Cubs in 2014, where he presided over their ongoing rebuild, and he now takes over on the South Side in the early stages of the same sort of rebuild. The White Sox don't have a president among their front office hierarchy, so it's Renteria's task to put forth three main messages via MLB.com concerning the White Sox going into the 2017 season. Here is what Renteria had to say.

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Bourjos enticed to White Sox by opportunity, locale

Bourjos enticed to White Sox by opportunity, locale

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Outfielder Peter Bourjos liked the opportunity and the Spring Training geography presented by the White Sox in agreeing to a Minor League deal and non-roster invite with the team.

"It seemed like a good opportunity to make the team and hopefully get an opportunity to play a little bit where I just wouldn't be going in and hoping for 200 at-bats," Bourjos said. "Hopefully I can get as many at-bats as I did last year.

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Top pick Burdi White Sox closer of future?

Top pick Burdi White Sox closer of future?

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With a fastball reaching 100 mph and slightly beyond, a pretty good slider and a feel for the changeup, there are some who believe Zack Burdi and his three pitches eventually could become a starter for the White Sox.

Burdi is willing to do whatever is asked of him. But the right-hander truly seems born to be a closer.

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White Sox slugger Abreu eyeing healthy '17

White Sox slugger Abreu eyeing healthy '17

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- As soon as the 2016 season came to a close, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu sat down with his family and had a conversation about what had just transpired for him over the past year.

"I wanted to explain to them how the season was because they know about baseball," Abreu said through interpreter Billy Russo. "But sometimes they can't register how the process is in a season as long as the Major League season is.

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White Sox plan for Avisail to see time in RF

White Sox plan for Avisail to see time in RF

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Avisail Garcia was not a fan of filling the designated hitter slot in 2016, so he probably will be buoyed by White Sox manager Rick Renteria's words on Sunday about Garcia moving back to right field.

"I'm looking to see if Avi can settle into right field," Renteria said. "He's another individual that we would use that DH slot in the swing role. But I hope that we can get him more playing time in right and see if he's able to go ahead and perform the way everybody hopes and he was expected to previously."

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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 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. This latest injury could be considered somewhat disappointing for Tilson, who has worked so hard to come back from a torn left hamstring sustained in his lone game with the White Sox 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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