Cleared for activity, Saladino eyes rehab stint

White Sox utility infielder may join Triple-A Charlotte this week

Cleared for activity, Saladino eyes rehab stint

CHICAGO -- Tyler Saladino hopes to soon go on an injury rehab assignment to test his balky back, which has sidelined him since May 27.

The White Sox utility infielder was cleared for activity Friday and has taken ground balls for four days since, and added in a batting practice session Monday.

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Ninth-inning comeback vs. Yanks falls short

Ninth-inning comeback vs. Yanks falls short

CHICAGO -- Jordan Montgomery filled the role of stopper Monday night, halting the Yankees' six-game road losing streak while tying a season high with seven innings in a 6-5 win over the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The loss dropped the White Sox to a season-low 11 games under .500 at 32-43, and gave them their seventh loss in their past eight games -- including four on their 10-game homestand.

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Make Avisail an AL All-Star starter

Make Avisail an AL All-Star starter

CHICAGO -- There has been no contact between White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia and one-time White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen since the 2017 season began, aside from the two engaging in conversation Saturday before Mark Buehrle's jersey number was retired.

But Guillen had some pointed commentary for Garcia, who sits fifth among American League outfielders in Monday's release of the Esurance All-Star Game Ballot voting, when the two ran into each other during this past offseason when going against each other during winter baseball in Venezuela.

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Taking BP at Sox park, Burger lives 'dream'

A lifelong South Siders fan, club's 1st-round pick reflects on Konerko's advice

Taking BP at Sox park, Burger lives 'dream'

CHICAGO -- On the day after Jake Burger was selected by the White Sox with the 11th pick overall in the 2017 MLB Draft, he received a call from franchise legend Paul Konerko.

Two weeks later, and with a $3.7 million signing bonus in his bank account, Burger was flexing his muscles during batting practice Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field where Konerko's No. 14 hangs among the retired jerseys.

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Late rally type of play Renteria expects to see

White Sox make 3 costly errors, but nearly tie up Yanks in 9th

Late rally type of play Renteria expects to see

CHICAGO -- The four-run rally by the White Sox in the ninth inning of Monday's 6-5 loss to the Yankees at Guaranteed Rate Field stands as the inspired sort of play manager Rick Renteria knows his charges are capable of showing.

As for the other eight innings? Not quite so much.

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Putnam out 12-18 months after elbow surgery

White Sox reliever had Tommy John procedure last week; Rodon's season debut Wednesday

Putnam out 12-18 months after elbow surgery

CHICAGO -- White Sox reliever Zach Putnam underwent Tommy John surgery at the end of last week, as announced by general manager Rick Hahn on Monday, and will be sidelined for the next 12 to 18 months.

Putnam posted a 1.04 ERA over seven games this season, but had not pitched since April 22. His '16 season ended June 20, eventually leading to elbow surgery to remove bone spurs.

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Adolfo continues power parade in June

Adolfo continues power parade in June

After hitting .097 in 14 games with the Brewers, Lewis Brinson was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs and immediately got back on track.

The No. 13 overall prospect was a perfect 4-for-4 and nearly hit for the cycle as Colorado Springs topped Omaha 14-3 on Monday night.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox recall Minaya to freshen bullpen

Infante optioned to Charlotte in corresponding move

White Sox recall Minaya to freshen bullpen

The White Sox made a bullpen move Monday, recalling right-hander Juan Minaya from Triple-A Charlotte and optioning right-hander Gregory Infante.

The White Sox could benefit from a fresh arm after using six relievers, including Infante, in Sunday's 5-3 loss to Oakland. Infante threw 4 1/3 innings over three appearances over the last week, including a 2 1/3-inning outing against Minnesota on Wednesday. Infante owns a 4.79 ERA in 19 appearances for Chicago this season.

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In My Words: Draft never ends for Hostetler

In My Words: Draft never ends for Hostetler

After putting so much intense effort into a three-day span, when the MLB Draft ends, you almost have the feeling of "What am I going to do today?" Do I have a full day off from thinking about any players?

The feeling doesn't last long. Each time, around midday, I start thinking, "OK, what do we have going for 2018?"

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Nick Hostetler is the director of amateur scouting for the Chicago White Sox. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rodon, Shields impressed by Sox prospects

Rodon, Shields impressed by Sox prospects

CHICAGO -- One of the perks of a Minor League rehab assignment is an organization's young prospects are exposed to Major League talent and wisdom, something the Chicago White Sox have seen plenty of with injuries shelving several veterans.

Right-hander James Shields and left-hander Carlos Rodon each are among those who have spent time in the Minors in recent weeks due to injury, which each giving rave reviews of a White Sox farm system that entered the season ranked third-best in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline.

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Rodon to make season debut vs. Yankees

Start will come Wednesday or Thursday

Rodon to make season debut vs. Yankees

CHICAGO -- Carlos Rodon returned to the White Sox clubhouse Sunday and figures to make his 2017 mound debut either Wednesday or Thursday night at Guaranteed Rate Field against the Yankees after being sidelined all season by biceps bursitis.

White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Sunday that a date was still being discussed for Rodon's start. But in a media session following batting practice, Rodon mentioned an excitement for facing the Yankees as part of being "geeked up" for start No. 1. With Rodon having last pitched Friday for Triple-A Charlotte, Wednesday or Thursday would be his next rotation turn.

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Holland solid for 6 innings, but bullpen falters

Holland solid for 6 innings, but bullpen falters

CHICAGO -- A two-run eighth-inning rally, highlighted by Yonder Alonso's go-ahead RBI single, sparked the A's to a 5-3 comeback victory, secured a series sweep and handed the White Sox their sixth loss in their last seven games on Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Trailing 2-1 in the eighth with White Sox setup man Tommy Kahnle in the game, the A's finally managed to get a rally going as Franklin Barreto singled and Ryon Healy reached on Matt Davidson's error. Khris Davis pushed across the tying run on a sharp single to right, followed by Alonso's lofted fly ball off closer David Robertson that fell in to give Oakland the lead. The ball, which was just out of the reach of White Sox left fielder Melky Cabrera, had a hit probability of just two percent according to Statcast™.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

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Engel takes Gray deep for 1st career homer

Rookie outfielder has fine-tuned offensive approach

Engel takes Gray deep for 1st career homer

CHICAGO -- The White Sox jersey No. 41 worn by Adam Engel for his Major League debut on May 27 against the Tigers was presented to his dad recently as a Father's Day gift.

And the baseball Engel connected on for his first career home run during a 5-3 loss to the A's on Sunday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field also will have a family feel as part of its final destination.

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Garland considering return to baseball

37-year-old threw for Sox pitching coach, says he's pain-free

Garland considering return to baseball

CHICAGO -- For about one year, Jon Garland has been throwing the baseball without pain. And he's been throwing the ball pretty regularly during that stretch.

The standout starter for eight seasons with the White Sox, including an 18-10 record and 3.50 ERA during the 2005 World Series championship season, felt strong enough to throw for pitching coach Don Cooper on Sunday morning at Guaranteed Rate Field after being in town for the Mark Buehrle jersey-number retirement ceremony. Now, the 37-year-old who has not pitched since making 12 starts for the Rockies in 2013, stands in the contemplative stage of a comeback after shoulder pain leading to rotator-cuff surgery cut short a career featuring a 136-125 record and 2,151 1/3 innings pitched over 13 seasons.

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White Sox host Pitch, Hit & Run event

White Sox host Pitch, Hit & Run event

CHICAGO -- As he scraped his cleats against the dirt and looked in at his target, Michael Oppegard didn't see himself as just a kid playing baseball.

He saw himself as one of his big league heroes, pounding the strike zone repeatedly to help clinch a victory. Oppegard was one of eight local kids to claim first-place honors at the Scott's Pitch, Hit & Run event at Guaranteed Rate Field before the White Sox series finale against the A's on Sunday, claiming the title for baseball ages 9/10.

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White Sox honor Buehrle, retire No. 56 jersey

Former teammates, coaches reflect on lefty's career

White Sox honor Buehrle, retire No. 56 jersey

CHICAGO -- One word pretty much encapsulated Mark Buehrle's feelings during the retirement ceremony of his jersey No. 56 at Guaranteed Rate Field Saturday afternoon, making him the 11th White Sox player to receive such an honor.

"Wow," was the first word said by Buehrle after three standing ovations, speeches from emcee Ken "Hawk" Harrelson, pitching coach Don Cooper, Hall of Famer and former teammate Frank Thomas and White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. "This is amazing.

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Shields shaky in loss; Frazier, Renteria tossed

Shields shaky in loss; Frazier, Renteria tossed

CHICAGO -- Matt Olson, Jaycob Brugman and Franklin Barreto each slugged their first career big league homers Saturday as the Oakland Athletics took a 10-2 win over the Chicago White Sox in front of a sellout crowd on the day of Mark Buehrle's jersey retirement at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Olson, Brugman and Barreto each went deep off White Sox starter James Shields, who was making his second start since coming off the disabled list with a strained right lat. Olson, the second batter of the game, took the first pitch he saw in the first inning a Statcast-projected 423 feet to right field for the first of his two homers on the day. Brugman knocked a shot just over the wall in right in the second inning and Barreto launched a two-run blast to center in the third. Barreto's homer was also his first career hit, with Saturday being his Major League debut.

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Braden Buehrle performs national anthem

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Braden Buehrle performs national anthem

It was a family affair during the ceremony for the retirement of Mark Buehrle's No. 56 jersey prior to Saturday's White Sox game against the A's. His daughter, Brooklyn, threw the first pitch to her father, who changed positions for the occasion.

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Sox pranked Buehrle after daughter's pitch

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Sox pranked Buehrle after daughter's pitch

Mark Buehrle was a White Sox ace and a fan favorite because he threw strikes and worked quickly. What he didn't have was a blazing fastball. So, while the team spent Saturday's 10-2 loss against the A's honoring the southpaw by retiring his number, they knew they also had to bring him down a peg. 

When his daughter, Brooklyn, came out to throw the first pitch to her dad, they got the chance.

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Guillen recalls Buehrle's leadership, work ethic

Guillen recalls Buehrle's leadership, work ethic

CHICAGO -- Ozzie Guillen had good relationships with numerous players during his eight years as White Sox manager and one year with the Marlins. So it's difficult for him to pick a favorite.

But he certainly wouldn't argue having a rotation full of pitchers such as Mark Buehrle, who pitched for Guillen during his first season at the helm and his last.

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Shields K's 2,000, says starters have to improve

Veteran righty is 81st hurler to reach milestone

Shields K's 2,000, says starters have to improve

CHICAGO -- The highlight of James Shields' start during Oakland's 10-2 victory over the White Sox on Saturday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field came in the second inning when he picked up career strikeout No. 2,000.

That historic moment, following a 30-minute ceremony retiring Mark Buehrle's jersey No. 56, came when he fanned Khris Davis to end the frame. Shields acknowledged the momentous career accomplishment postgame, but was not happy with the six runs allowed on seven hits and three walks in three-plus innings during the setback.

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Fans played rock, paper, scissors for foul ball

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Fans played rock, paper, scissors for foul ball

How does the ballperson decide who is worthy of a foul ball? Is it who yells the loudest? Asks the nicest? Is it a random decision made in the spur of the moment? 

During Saturday's Athletics-White Sox game, Chicago's ballboy decided to turn it into the most brutal combat: possible: Rock, paper, scissors. 

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White Sox work quick to celebrate Buehrle

Fans, former teammates honor lefty's career as club retires No. 56

White Sox work quick to celebrate Buehrle

CHICAGO -- If the White Sox can finish off their ongoing rebuild with the rousing style they use to honor the 2005 guys, it won't be too long until there are fresh icons on the South Side.

Two years after retiring Paul Konerko's No. 14 in spectacular fashion, the White Sox did it for Mark Buehrle's No. 56 on a beautiful Saturday at Guaranteed Rate Field -- or, as broadcaster Hawk Harrelson called it when describing Buehrle's perfect game and no-hitter, "right here on this field!"

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Pelfrey struggles vs. A's; bats stymied in loss

Pelfrey struggles vs. A's; bats stymied in loss

CHICAGO -- Khris Davis and Matt Joyce homered to lead Oakland to a 3-0 victory over the White Sox, spoiling the South Siders' return home to Guaranteed Rate Field. Friday's contest marked the start of a 10-game homestand for the White Sox, with Mark Buehrle's jersey No. 56 being retired prior to Saturday afternoon's game.

Jharel Cotton earned the victory for the A's by throwing five-plus shutout innings. The right-hander needed only 66 pitches to get to that point, including 42 strikes, but he left after allowing Kevan Smith's lead-off single due to a blister on his right thumb. Cotton yielded three hits and walked one while striking out three.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

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Even-keeled Buehrle regular guy amid success

Lefty resonated with fan base from Day 1, will have number retired by White Sox on Saturday

Even-keeled Buehrle regular guy amid success

CHICAGO -- It was a Friday night in September 2008, with the White Sox playing at Kauffman Stadium. Or at least that's how I remember it.

I was working ahead for an off-day story, and I needed another educated voice in the article. Enter Mark Buehrle, who was sitting at his locker with a personal computer on his lap. I asked him for a few minutes, and he agreed -- but with a strange look on his face.

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Renteria, birthday boy Anderson ejected vs. A's

White Sox shortstop, who turned 24 on Friday, and skipper tossed in fifth vs. A's

Renteria, birthday boy Anderson ejected vs. A's

CHICAGO -- When White Sox designated hitter Matt Davidson connected on a 1-2 slider from A's closer Santiago Casilla with two outs and two on in the ninth inning of a 3-0 loss to Oakland on Friday at Guaranteed Rate Field, manager Rick Renteria and shortstop Tim Anderson thought Davidson had tied the game with his 18th home run.

"I thought he did. It came off the bat pretty good and I thought, 'Here it is,'" Renteria said after Davidson's drive was caught on the warning track and the White Sox were shut out for the fifth time this season. "But obviously just a little short."

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