The similarities between Thome and Dunn

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The similarities between Thome and Dunn

Over the weekend, Jim Thome told CSN's Chuck Garfien that he's expecting big things out of Adam Dunn in 2012. Maybe 60 home runs is a stretch. But Thome mentioned how similar a hitter and competitor he is to Dunn, so maybe there's something there.

Just how similar are the two, though? The rough sketch of each is pretty close. Both are big, strong, lumbering left-handed power hitters who great command of the strike zone, leading to quite a few walks, but also strike out a lot.

Through Thome's first nine full seasons in the majors, he hit 371 home runs. Dunn, over his first nine full years, hit 355.

Thome's career walk rate is 17 percent and his strikeout rate is 24.6 percent. Dunn's walk rate of 16.2 percent; his strikeout rate is 27.6 percent.

Results-wise, Thome was better in his prime that Dunn, and he's significantly better at getting on base (.374 OBP for Dunn, .404 for Thome). Essentially, Thome is a better version of Dunn -- a claim that shouldn't surprise anyone, even before Dunn's abysmal 2011.

So Dunn isn't a carbon copy of Thome, but he's certainly similar enough that Thome's optimism shouldn't be dismissed.

For the sabermetrically-inclined:

Source: FanGraphs -- Adam Dunn, Jim Thome

Sunday on CSN: Sale, White Sox close series with O's

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Sunday on CSN: Sale, White Sox close series with O's

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Promotion affords White Sox Tommy Kahnle refresher course

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Promotion affords White Sox Tommy Kahnle refresher course

BALTIMORE -- It may only be a brief stopover, but Tommy Kahnle hopes to get the most out of his current tour with the White Sox.

Called up Thursday, the White Sox reliever could be sent back to Triple-A Charlotte as early as Sunday morning as closer David Robertson is expected to come off the bereavement list.

But Kahnle -- acquired from the Colorado Rockies in November -- not only has had a chance to show the White Sox what he has, he also is getting a quick refresher course from pitching coach Don Cooper. Cooper has worked with Kahnle to stand more upright in his delivery in hopes it will help him throw more strikes.

“It’s just stay tall on my backside because I tend to collapse a little bit and get a little erratic,” Kahnle said. “But overall, make a few adjustments and should be back on track.

“I had a few hiccups in spring and early in the season down in Triple-A. But overall I’ve been throwing well and just got to work on a few things and get better.

“Just get better and try to throw strikes. That’s always been my downfall.”

Kahnle made his 91st career appearance on Friday night. He walked two in a scoreless inning in a 6-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. Kahnle has always had a big arm, striking out 102 in 103 innings. But he also has walked 61 batters.

Cooper likes the chance to get some in-season maintenance with any of his pitchers.

“Sure it is because you get a look at what’s going on up here,” Cooper said. “We’re trying to get him to stay tall … that’s a work in progress. It looks like he’s a little better with the slide step.”

Kahnle would like to help out a deep bullpen again before the season is out.

Robertson left the team after he pitched a scoreless inning to close out Wednesday’s victory in Toronto to attend his father-in-law’s funeral. Daniel Webb joined the team on Wednesday and struck out three in a scoreless inning on Thursday. But Webb went on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow flexor inflammation and Kahnle got the call.

“Even if it’s just a few days, it’s good to be back up here and show them what I’ve got and if they need me again I’ll be ready,” Kahnle said.

White Sox Avisail Garcia out but maybe not for long

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White Sox Avisail Garcia out but maybe not for long

BALTIMORE -- Early indications are that Avisail Garcia has avoided serious injury.

The White Sox outfielder may not play again until Tuesday with a right hamstring strain, but as of now he isn’t headed for the disabled list.

Garcia is out of action for Saturday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles and likely Sunday as well to rest a hamstring he tweaked on the final play of Friday’s loss. The White Sox also are off Monday, which would give Garcia three days to rest before he could potentially return at home against the Boston Red Sox. Jerry Sands is starting in Garcia’s place as the team’s designated hitter.

“It’s a little tight,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “I don’t think it’s a DL situation there, but he definitely did something going down the line there. Get Sandsy in there and stay away from Avi tonight and reassess it tomorrow. He seems confident it’s not going to linger too long.”

This is the second time Garcia has injured his hamstring in his career. He also suffered one in 2012 while at High-A Lakeland. Garcia tested his hamstring Saturday and determined he’d be out of action, though he feels better with early treatment.

“When I started running, I tried to put 100 percent, and then I started feeling it,” Garcia said. “When I jumped, that’s when I feel it the most. But it’s nothing serious. I feel a little bit pain, a little bit tight, but I can move my leg. I don’t want it to get worse. I just want to get the treatment today and tomorrow and we have a day off on Monday. So let’s see how I feel on Tuesday, hopefully ready though.”

The timing couldn’t be worse for Garcia, who had begun to find his stroke. Garcia has displayed more confidence on this trip than he has all season and had gone 8-for-18 with a double, triple, homer and four RBIs and two walks. The spurt has helped Garcia raise his average by 79 points to .214.

Ventura said he’s just glad the injury doesn’t seem too serious after three White Sox players hit the DL earlier in the week.

“You can’t plan for that stuff,” Ventura said. “It’s a good sign to see he’s swinging the bat and doing that. You just take care of him, get him healthy and keep back at it. You can’t ever plan, no matter what you just keep playing. For him it’s more confidence that he has of what he’s doing right now that he can keep.”