Reinforcements on the way for banged-up Sox

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Reinforcements on the way for banged-up Sox

Paul Konerko probably won't play Sunday, as swelling around his left eye remains bad enough that he can't completely see out of it. The White Sox captain, who was hit in the face by Jeff Samardzija offering on Friday, was seen roaming the cramped visitor's clubhouse at Wrigley Field with an ice pack over his eye prior to Sunday's game.

"He would probably want to," manager Robin Ventura laughed when asked if Konerko was available to pinch hit Sunday. "He's gonna try and go take swings to see what it looks like. You just don't want to put a guy out there that can't fully see. There's enough swelling above his eye that he can't fully see. He can do everything physically, you just don't want to put him out there in that situation."

Tuesday's contest against Minnesota will likely mark Konerko's return to the lineup. It also could be Orlando Hudson's debut with the White Sox.

While there has been no official confirmation from the team, Ventura answered questions about Hudson's role with the White Sox, so it appears the signing of the 34-year-old infielder is a go.

"Probably fill him in," Ventura said of Hudson's place on the team. "It depends if Brent Morel's on the DL, then we're going to have to mix in guys at third base and back up second, use him like that."

Hudson hasn't played third base in his major-league career, but he did come up through Toronto's farm system there. So he won't displace Beckham at second base, and Ventura also added Hudson will probably hit lower in the order unless he's subbing in for Beckham.

"I would say Gordon's probably going to stay where he's at," Ventura summed up.

The White Sox have yet to add Hudson to their roster, though, because Morel has yet to be placed on the disabled list. Despite a large ice wrap around his waist, Morel was still listed on the White Sox lineup card as "available" off the bench.

Until Morel hits the shelf, the White Sox won't have room on their 25-man roster for Hudson. Morel hasn't played since May 17, so a 15-day disabled list stint would be retroactive to May 18, meaning he wouldn't be eligible to come off the DL until early June.

Provided Morel does come off the disabled list then, the Sox may be forced to send utilityman Eduardo Escobar to Triple-A. While Morel has a paltry .420 OPS this season, Escobar's OPS is only .424 entering Sunday, and Morel may have the excuse of not being completely healthy for some of his offensive struggles.

Hudson, though, joins the White Sox after hitting .211 with a .260 on-base percentage and .317 slugging percentage in 35 games with San Diego. While his offensive numbers may be lagging this season, he brings a lot more than his bat to a team.

"He plays hard, plays good defense, good at-bats," explained Ventura. "And there are a lot of guys who like playing with him."

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Winter meetings trades for Cubs and White Sox

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Winter meetings trades for Cubs and White Sox

Hub Arkush (Pro Football Weekly/670 The Score) and David Schuster (670 The Score) joined David Kaplan on the SportsTalk Live panel for Thursday's show.

Baseball’s winter meetings are over. Could Rick Hahn have done more this week? Plus which closer will have a better season- current Cubs closer Wade Davis or former Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman?

How much upheaval will there be on the Bears’ coaching staff this offseason? Plus are the Bulls in slump or are we finally seeing the real team show up?

Listen to this episode of the SportsTalk Live podcast here:

Rick Hahn: White Sox 'still thoroughly, deeply engaged' in trade talks as meetings close

Rick Hahn: White Sox 'still thoroughly, deeply engaged' in trade talks as meetings close

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The White Sox have a pair of relievers to dangle and have become increasingly busier with two of three free-agent closers off the board.

Prior to leaving the Winter Meetings on Thursday, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn was asked if a pool of relievers including closer David Robertson and setup man Nate Jones had drawn much interest.

Having already traded Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, it’s believed the White Sox are willing to part with most anyone if the price is right. It sounds as if that possibility has improved after the Yankees’ late night signing of Aroldis Chapman on Wednesday, two days after the San Francisco Giants signed Mark Melancon. With only Kenley Jansen still left in free agency and due a big salary, Robertson, who has two years and $25 million left on his deal, could solve several teams’ relief needs. Jones is also a draw with potentially five years left on his current team-friendly deal, which includes two club options and one mutual option for 2021.

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“We’ve had a lot of interesting conversations on a number of different fronts involving are players,” Hahn said. “And yes, we still have reliever pieces and starting pieces that are appealing to various teams throughout the league. I don’t think anything is going to happen between now and the time I go pick up my bags and head to the airport. But still thoroughly engaged, deeply engaged on a number of different fronts.”

Despite adding five pitchers and two position players through their first two moves, the White Sox still have a long list of desires. That list potentially includes a long-term starting catcher and another big bat among others.