White Sox third baseman has no timetable for return
By Barry M. Bloom
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Todd Frazier is still working his way back from a strained left oblique and he told MLB.com on Wednesday morning that there's no timetable yet for his Cactus League debut.
"I don't know, I don't know, there's no real timetable right now," Frazier said in the clubhouse at Camelback Ranch, hours before the White Sox played the D-backs here. "If it was during the season I'm sure there would be a timetable. I'm sure it's one of those things where you can get back going quicker. But we have a whole other month so we have plenty of time."
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Don Cooper is in his 16th season as the White Sox pitching coach, and he's never seen as many power arms as the Sox have in camp. Few, if any, pitching coaches have seen a wave like Michael Kopech, Zack Burdi and the rest of the power pitchers currently in the organization.
Including Major Leaguers Carlos Rodon, Nate Jones, Tommy Kahnle and Michael Ynoa, the White Sox have at least a dozen pitchers who can throw more than 100 mph. If half of them click as either starters or late-inning relievers, the rebuilding process the White Sox began by trading their most dominant starter could lead to a sustained run of success on the South Side.
Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Garcia raps four hits for rallying White Sox
By Owen Perkins
Special to MLB.com |
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Taking their cue from the weather, which turned from a morning marked by torrential downpours into a sunny Cactus League afternoon, the White Sox turned the tables on the Reds, overcoming a four-run deficit to mount a lead and ride it to a 10-9 victory, giving them three straight games without a loss.
The Reds opened the first frame swinging, showing the offensive thump it would take to turn the tide on their winless start in the Cactus League -- an 0-5 record that is their worst start ever in Arizona and their worst since an 0-5 start in the Grapefruit League with replacement players playing in 1995. Their four-run first was fueled by a two-run double from left fielder Adam Duvall and a two-run homer onto the right-center concourse by designated hitter Ryan Raburn.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The first starts for highly touted prospects Michael Kopech and Reynaldo Lopez during split-squad action against the Mariners and Reds, respectively, on Tuesday didn't go exactly as planned.
Kopech, the No. 16 prospect overall per MLBPipeline.com, allowed four runs on three hits in one inning while striking out two in an 8-1 loss to Seattle in Glendale. Lopez, the No. 46 prospect, yielded five runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings, throwing 22 of his 37 pitches for strikes in Goodyear in Chicago's 10-9 come-from-behind win.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- When right-hander Tyler Danish returns to the Major Leagues, he'll need to give Jake Peter an assist for spurring this comeback.
Danish and Peter were teammates at Triple-A Charlotte last season, when Peter delivered a walk-off single to upend Columbus and end the Knights' 10-game losing streak. Danish hurt his left knee in the celebration, an injury that led to season-ending surgery, a surgery that changed his career path in numerous ways.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Although Mariners veteran Felix Hernandez and White Sox prospect Michael Kopech drew much of the attention in Tuesday's Cactus League game at Camelback Ranch, it was rookie outfielder Mitch Haniger and Seattle's offense that did the damage in an 8-1 victory.
Haniger's three-run homer in the first off the hard-throwing Kopech highlighted a 14-hit day for the Mariners, who improved to 3-1 this spring. Haniger went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A number of current and former White Sox made their way to Topgolf on Monday night in support of the Swing Into Spring fundraiser, hosted by Jesse Crain and the Crain Family Foundation.
As one-time reliever Matt Thornton joked, a pretty good team could be assembled from the players on hand. But a number of those former players also took the time to praise Mark Buehrle and the White Sox decision to retire Buehrle's No. 56 on June 24 at Guaranteed Rate Field.
They have similar physical builds, high levels of athleticism and both are power-packed second basemen. Cano even had indirect influence on the name of Moncada's young son and bat-flip specialist, Robinson.
Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
MESA, Ariz. -- Rick Renteria didn't make much of his return to face the Cubs as White Sox manager when asked about the topic prior to Monday's Cactus League contest at Sloan Park.
It was Renteria's first appearance as manager against the North Side team that dismissed him after his one season at the helm in 2014. He was replaced by Joe Madden, who guided the Cubs to a World Series title in '16. The easygoing Renteria talked with Maddon at the Cactus League media day last Tuesday.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The White Sox claimed a 7-3 victory over the Rockies on Sunday at Camelback Ranch in a game featuring key moments from players competing for roster spots on their respective teams.
German Marquez started for the Rockies and pitched two scoreless innings while allowing two hits. The No. 73 prospect in MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 is competing for a spot in Colorado's rotation. Pat Valaika, fighting for a utility spot, homered off White Sox starter Jose Quintana in the second.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Carlos Rodon has yet to throw off the mound during Spring Training. He has been engaging in long toss, but doesn't throw the ball to first base during pitchers' fielding practice.
The left-hander understands those who think the above scenario stands as a red flag indicating a potential early injury or soreness. But with a wry smile, Rodon reassured everyone this slow start is all part of the plan to gradually work him into Spring Training.
PHOENIX -- Clayton Kershaw looked like himself in the Dodgers' 5-3 win over the White Sox in the Cactus League opener on Saturday at Camelback Ranch.
Kershaw tossed a 12-pitch, 1-2-3 inning, with a strikeout. He then left the game and threw an additional 17 pitches, continuing to show no ill effects from the herniated disk that sidelined him for more than two months last season.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Charlie Tilson looked to have the edge to start for the White Sox in center field as Spring Training began. Todd Frazier stood as the incumbent at third base, and Brett Lawrie certainly was in the mix at second.
That has slightly changed due to injuries, although none of them are considered to be serious.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Mark Buehrle took part in an almost eight-minute conference call Friday morning to discuss the White Sox honoring the left-hander with his No. 56 jersey being retired on June 24 prior to a home game with Oakland.
When apprised of the length of Friday's call, Buehrle laughed and added it's about 7 minutes, 30 seconds longer than his speech will be in June.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Colombia's starting pitcher against Team USA on March 10 during Miami's first-round pool play of the 2017 World Baseball Classic will look very familiar to White Sox fans.
"Yeah, it's really exciting. I'm happy to be part of this tournament the first time for Colombia," said White Sox ace Jose Quintana, who will get the call for Colombia, as he should on April 3 at home against the Tigers for the White Sox Opening Day. "That's an honor to have the first game.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- In all the years White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams has known Mark Buehrle, Williams can remember just one time when he had to ask the All-Star southpaw in a rather stern manner what he was thinking.
"For some reason, water and tarps and rain delays brought the little kid out of him," said Williams with a laugh as he spoke about one of the best pitchers in franchise history.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Tim Anderson has vivid memories of the tryouts he went through for teams four springs ago, flying to St. Louis and Dallas-Fort Worth after the East Valley Community College Warriors had finished their season.
His eyes were wide as he left Decatur, Miss., and arrived at Busch Stadium and Globe Life Park.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Charlie Tilson and Todd Frazier stand as the White Sox main injury concerns as Saturday's Cactus League opener approaches.
Tilson, who has been rehabbing following surgery to repair a torn left hamstring suffered last August in Detroit, has been sidelined during Spring Training by a stress reaction in his right foot. The left-handed-hitting center fielder is on Day 5 of what he believes will be a 10-day to two-week absence.
CHICAGO -- Willie Harris was a high school student in Cairo, Ga., when he was assigned a paper about someone of historical significance. Cheryl Simmons, Harris' English teacher, recommended that Harris write about Jackie Robinson.