White Sox morning roundup

White Sox morning roundup
May 14, 2012, 12:34 pm
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From the weekend:

Chris Sale re-joined the rotation after convincing Kenny Williams & Co. on Friday that it's the best spot for him. The Sox ultimately made the right decision here, even if Sale struggled in his return to starting on Saturday.

Friday saw Gavin Floyd put together another excellent outing, shutting out the Royals over 7 23 innings in a 5-0 win. But the Sox offense couldn't muster anything on Saturday and Sunday to support Sale and Philip Humber, the latter of whom was outstanding, in 5-0 and 9-1 losses to the Royals.

Adam Dunn matched his 2011 home run total on Friday, and along with Floyd is off to a great start. Unfortunately for the Sox, though, their efforts haven't helped out a team that's now failed to win their last six series (0-5-1). Looking ahead, Dunn could see some time in left field this weekend against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in an effort to keep his bat in the lineup.

Another player who's playing well -- outside of the hanging slider he threw to Eric Hosmer on Sunday -- is Nate Jones, who's settling into a groove in the Sox bullpen. For a rookie who's never pitched above Double-A before this season, his 1.76 ERA and 8.80 K9 are even more impressive.

And Jones' success could've given the White Sox a difficult decision to make when Jesse Crain re-joins the team, which is expected to be today. Instead, the best bet is to see Eric Stults be designated for assignment when Crain returns from a rehab stint in Charlotte.