White Sox morning roundup

787470.png

White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

The Cubs ripped five home runs in a 12-3 pasting of the White Sox, the ninth time in the Sox last 13 games they've been defeated. Zach Stewart allowed six of the runs in 5 23 innings, but his start was much more about giving Chris Sale and Jake Peavy extra rest than anything else.

John Danks revealed he has a Grade 1 tear in his subscapularis, an injury which will not require surgery, only rest for it to heal. He seemed relieved to not need surgery, but understandably was still frustrated that his return to the Sox rotation hit another delay. There's no timetable for his return at this point, as he explained:

Before the game, Courtney Hawkins was formally introduced to Chicago, signing his contract and taking batting practice with the team before throwing out a ceremonial first pitch to Sale. He's placed high expectations on himself and aims to only focus on baseball from here on out.

Also throwing out a first pitch Monday: Scottie Pippen, who's one of, if not the, first person to throw out a first pitch this year and be taller than Sale on the receiving end.

Kenny Williams is liking the White Sox chances, noting that their recent inability to distance themselves from Cleveland and Detroit is a problem, but not the worst problem possible because it means they're in first.

To anyone clamoring for Dayan Viciedo to be moved back to third base: It's not happening.

The White Sox fell to Nos. 11 and 12 in our MLB power rankings, with the Yankees vaulting into the No. 1 spot for the first time this season. The Cubs, for the record, are dead last.

More videos: Zach Stewart discusses his start, Robin Ventura speaks after the game, Frank Thomas compares Sale to Randy Johnson, Sale discusses what he's learned from Jake Peavy, Chicago Tribune Live looks at potential trades the Sox could make, Courtney Hawkins gets introduced, CTL wonders what the Sox should do with Jose Quintana and Brooks Boyer talks about the possibility of the Cubs and Sox only meeting three times a year.

Around the division: Cleveland held off Cincinnati in a downright pitcher's duel and Kansas City was sent rocketing back to earth with a seven-run loss to Houston. Detroit didn't play but moved to 2 12 games back of the White Sox by standing pat. The Tigers open a three-game series with St. Louis at Comerica Park tonight.

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four of the team's top-10 prospects and a former All-Star are among the 19 nonroster invitees to White Sox big league camp this spring.

The team announced Monday that prospects Michael Kopech, Zack Collins, Zack Burdi and Spencer Adams have all been invited to camp next month. Everth Cabrera, an All-Star in 2013 for the San Diego Padres, Cody Asche, Cory Luebke and Geovany Soto are among the eight minor league free agents who also received an invitation. Pitchers and catchers report to camp in Glendale, Ariz. on Feb. 14 while the team holds its first full-squad workout on Feb. 18.

Kopech was acquired in the Chris Sale trade in December while Collins and Burdi were both selected in the 2016 amateur draft. Adams was drafted in 2014.

Signed earlier this month, Soto is expected to earn a spot on the 25-man roster. Soto, who played for the White Sox in 2015, finished last season with four home runs and an .809 OPS in 86 plate appearances for the Los Angeles Angels.

Cabrera, who produced 4.6 Wins Above Replacement between 2012-13, hasn't played in the majors since he appeared in 29 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 2015. Luebke, who has twice had reconstructive elbow surgery, finished with a 9.35 ERA in nine games for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. Asche blasted 31 homers with a .240/.298/.385 slash line in 1,287 plate appearances since 2013 with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Other minor league free agents include: left-handed pitcher David Holmberg, right-handers Blake Smith and Anthony Swarzak, and catcher Roberto Pena.

White Sox minor leaguer pitchers Aaron Bummer, Brian Clark, Jace Fry and Matt Purke, infielders Nicky Delmonico and Danny Hayes, and outfielder Courtney Hawkins also have been invited to camp.

Fast Break Morning Update: Tim Raines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Fast Break Morning Update: Tim Raines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Former White Sox OF Tim Raines elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame

Between Cubs' victory lap and Hall of Fame vote, Sammy Sosa barely staying in the picture

Bulls' continued inconsistencies 'an issue of focus'

Report: Bears set to hire Curtis Modkins as running backs coach

Wrigley Field named one of the happiest places in the world by CNN

Tim Raines shares thank you message after being elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Bulls Talk Podcast: What went wrong for the Bulls against the Mavericks?

Hawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks' bottom six steps up in Colorado

Big Ten Talk Podcast: Picking contenders and pretenders in the Big Ten title race

Jerry Reinsdorf, Frank Thomas congratulate Tim Raines on Baseball Hall of Fame election