Dunn, Peavy happy to not participate

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Dunn, Peavy happy to not participate

KANSAS CITY -- Jake Peavy and Adam Dunn didnt show the slightest hint of disappointment even though neither player appeared in Tuesday nights All-Star Game.

Both White Sox veterans were instead elated.

Aside from the final score -- the National League topped the American League 8-0 at Kauffman Stadium -- everything went according to plan for Peavy and Dunn, who preferred to rest rather than play in the exhibition.

Peavy, who arrived in town late Monday night after he attended the funeral of friend Darrel Akerfelds, is set to start here on Saturday night against the Kansas City Royals.

Prior to the game, Peavy, who was added to the All-Star roster on Sunday, spoke with Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux about pitching only in an emergency.

Thats the way we hoped it would work out, Peavy said. Im healthy. Im fine. But being a late add, my preparation, my mindset, to come here, I just wasnt in that mindset. Obviously a long day yesterday. I did get something throwing in and Im excited to go Saturday night.

In the days leading up to the game, Dunn made it clear he would enjoy the exhibition, but also try to rest as much as possible. He promised he wouldnt exert himself in batting practice, nor would he participate in the Home Run Derby in hopes of replenishing his body for the second half.

But Dunn took it a step further Tuesday. One of seven players not used in the contest, Dunn didnt push Texas manager Ron Washington for an at-bat late in the game.

I didnt even bring my bats down, Dunn said. I really could care less. I know it sounds bad. But I know four days will help me and I dont want to go do something stupid. It worked out good. I had fun, great time. Enjoyed it. Wash is awesome.

Peavy last pitched on Friday against Toronto. Hell be working on seven days rest when he pitches against the Royals.

Peavy is 20-9 with a 3.10 ERA in 37 starts when he pitches on six days of rest or more, according to baseball-reference.com.

White Sox hope pitcher Colton Turner can 'build' on strong season

White Sox hope pitcher Colton Turner can 'build' on strong season

The White Sox acquired minor-league pitcher Colton Turner from the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday in exchange for catcher Dioner Navarro.  

Turner, 25, has a 1.33 ERA in 44 games this season across three levels with 70 strikeouts in 54 innings. The White Sox assigned Turner, who missed all of 2014 after he had reconstructive elbow surgery, to Double-A Birmingham.

“Ever since he got back (from pitching in Australia), he seems to have hit his stride well,” general manager Rick Hahn said. “Fastball/slider mix, good command.

“You can obviously see from the numbers he has done impressive work against righties for a left-handed reliever, which is nice to see.

“We’re going to wait to get to know him better. He’s had a real nice year and we like the stuff, we like the command and we’ll see if he’s able to continue to build on what he has done this year and try to figure out that more in 2017, the role he’ll play going forward.”

White Sox Top Prospects: Zack Burdi thriving in minors

White Sox Top Prospects: Zack Burdi thriving in minors

Zack Burdi hasn't been in the White Sox organization for long, but he's certainly showing why the club drafted him with the 26th pick in this year's draft.

The 21-year-old pitcher is thriving in the minors with a little over two months in to his professional career. Burdi worked his way through four affiliates and is currently in Triple-A Charlotte.

In 22 games and 31.1 innings pitched over four levels, Burdi has a 2.90 ERA with 46 strikeouts and 13 walks. In addition, the Illinois native hasn't allowed a run in the last 18.1 innings pitched with Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte.

"One of the things we want Zack to work on is his consistency with his delivery out of the stretch," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said on Thursday. "The only problem is he’s not allowing any baserunners on, so he’s not really having a lot of opportunity to work on that. We are going to tell him to put more guys on.

"But no, in all seriousness a lot has already been thrown at this kid and he’s responded essentially to every outing, with the exception of the first one at Birmingham was rough. It’s been a lot about the consistency of his delivery and fastball command and fairly simplistic stuff that he’s taken to very quickly and he’s got a world of ability."

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Burdi was rated as the No. 21 best prospect in Baseball America's top 500 prospects prior to the draft.

Before joining the White Sox in June, Burdi finished off his collegiate career at Louisville. He was named to the All-ACC First Team, USA Baseball Collegiate National Team and Third Team Louisville Slugger All-America.

White Sox trade catcher Dioner Navarro to Blue Jays

White Sox trade catcher Dioner Navarro to Blue Jays

The White Sox made room for the return of veteran catcher Alex Avila by trading Dioner Navarro to the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.

The club activated Avila off the 15-day disabled list and acquired left-handed minor league pitcher Colton Turner in exchange for Navarro, who spent the previous two seasons with the Blue Jays. Turner, who has a combined 1.33 ERA in 44 minor league games this season, has been assigned to Double-A Birmingham.

Navarro hit .210/.267/.339 with six home runs and 32 RBIs in 298 plate appearances this season.

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Avila, who has been on the disabled list since July 5 with a strained hamstring, went 7-for-11 with a home run and two walks on his assignment. He caught 12 innings during his rehab, including seven on Thursday.

“I’m ready to go,” Avila said.

The team has been happy with how rookie catcher Omar Narvaez has performed since he joined the club in July when Avila went on the DL. Narvaez has an .831 OPS in 43 plate appearances this season.

“I know Omar, with him being here and doing what he’s doing, you want him to get a little more of the shot of being able to play,” Ventura said. “I think he’s worked his way into that.”