White Sox winter meetings recap: Day 3

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White Sox winter meetings recap: Day 3

Mark Buehrle's move to Miami was something we figured was coming for quite a while. And still, Kenny Williams' summation of it sums everything up perfectly.

"It sucks."

CSNChicago's Chuck Garfien talked to Williams and Ozzie Guillen in his farewell-to-Buehrle column, noting that Buehrle confided in Ozzie that he was apprehensive about leaving the White Sox. That fits with the report that Buehrle gave the White Sox one last chance to make an offer, but in the face of Miami's deal, the Sox couldn't keep him.

The end of Chuck's Sox Drawer is particularly poignant, and underscores the wide-sweeping disappointment from all involved with the White Sox in seeing Buehrle go.

But Buehrle had to go, at least for the money Miami gave him. While he's durable, the contract does carry some risk, and it's a risk the Sox may be better off having not took.

Of course, on the other hand, Buehrle meant a lot to so many White Sox fans that keeping him certainly could've been justified.

CSN White Sox analyst Bill Melton shared his thoughts on Buehrle leaving and says he's one of the top two or three left-handers in team history. Chicago Tribune Live also weighed in.

In non-Buehrle news, Guillen voiced his confidence in Robin Ventura and the Red Sox inquired on John Danks and Gavin Floyd, although a match between the two Sox teams didn't exist.

White Sox recall Scott Carroll, name Miguel Gonzalez as Monday's starter

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White Sox recall Scott Carroll, name Miguel Gonzalez as Monday's starter

Scott Carroll is here to supplement the White Sox bullpen and Miguel Gonzalez will be back in time to start on Monday.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura confirmed that Gonzalez would return to the rotation when the team opens a three-game series at the Texas Rangers on Monday night. Gonzalez — who signed a minor-league deal on April 3 — earned a no decision in his previous start against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 25. As for beyond Monday, the White Sox are in to-be-determined mode as to whom will handle the fifth spot in the rotation.

“(Miguel will) definitely get a run Monday,” Ventura said. “He’s gonna get a run Monday, see how many innings he can go. You look at what he did in Toronto, to get through a lineup like that, and to be in a spot to earn something, I think he has a presence about him that he can throw strikes and do what he needs to do to get through it.”

Carroll has worked entirely in relief since he was activated off the 7-day disabled list in late April. The right-hander went on the DL early in the season after he felt some instability in his shoulder. Carroll said he feels “really strong.”

The back of the bullpen has worked harder than normal the past two nights with the team’s two starters working 11 innings in consecutive losses to the Boston Red Sox. Carroll’s experience as a long man could come in handy for a bullpen that just lost Jake Petricka to the DL.

Carroll said he’s excited to get back around the big league club and the good vibes in the clubhouse.

“Early on, you could just tell with the new arrivals we had, it was just a different feeling than the last couple of years,” Carroll said. “Obviously, I’m a younger guy who hasn’t been with the White Sox, but you could definitely tell there was a different feeling than in past years.”

Erik Johnson struggles in rotation audition as White Sox fall to Red Sox

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Erik Johnson struggles in rotation audition as White Sox fall to Red Sox

The situation regarding the fifth spot in the White Sox rotation is still fluid after Erik Johnson made his first start on Thursday night.

When he announced Tuesday that John Danks would be designated for assignment, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said little is certain about the final spot in the rotation after the club parted with its struggling veteran pitcher.

The team’s next move is to be determined as the White Sox optioned Johnson back to Triple-A Charlotte after a 7-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox in front of 20, 126 at U.S. Cellular Field. Johnson retired seven of his last eight he faced, but not before he allowed four earned runs with eight hits and three walks in five innings.

“I felt like I found my rhythm there,” Johnson said. “I definitely -- I know I have more to offer for this team and I know I expect more out of myself.”

Not much looked easy for Johnson, who officially was promoted from Triple-A Charlotte earlier in the day.

After he struck out leadoff man Mookie Betts in the first, Dustin Pedroia homered on the first pitch he saw from Johnson. It would be a sign of things to come for Johnson, the 2015 International League pitcher of the year.

Johnson put two more men on in the first, including a walk to Hanley Ramirez, one of 16 combined free passes by the clubs. He put at least one runner on in four of the five innings worked and stranded six men in his first three frames alone as Boston built an early 4-1 lead.

The Red Sox forced Johnson to throw 81 pitches through three innings.

He pitched well in the fourth and fifth innings, which allowed the White Sox to rally. But the 108 pitches needed to complete those innings knocked him out early.

“It was a tough one to navigate through,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “Erik finally got his footing and got through it. But you’re looking at a high pitch count, he’s up over 100. It can be better.”

Hahn and the White Sox quickly moved on from Danks because they don’t want to see their chances of contending this season done in by a weak link in the rotation. Hahn said Tuesday he has several other options at Triple-A if Johnson’s first audition lasted one start.

The White Sox could again turn to Miguel Gonzalez, whom they signed early last month and has already made one start. He allowed five runs in Toronto on April 25 in a contest the White Sox eventually rallied to win.

The right-hander, who won 30 games for the Baltimore Orioles from 2012-14, last pitched on Wednesday night for Charlotte. He allowed two runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts and has a 2.65 ERA in 17 innings for the Knights. Gonzalez has 18 strikeouts and only four walks.

The club could also call upon Jacob Turner, who has a 3.04 ERA in five starts at Charlotte. But Turner has struggled in his past two outings, allowing seven earned runs and 12 hits in 9 2/3 innings.

If the White Sox -- whose fifth starters are 0-5 with a 7.44 ERA in 32 2/3 innings -- aren’t satisfied with their internal options, Hahn said they’d consider external ones, too.

The White Sox offense had plenty of chances against Henry Owens and an entourage of Boston relievers to earn the win.

But the big hit avoided them every time.

Jose Abreu grounded into a double play in the first with runners on the corners and no outs, a play which tied the game as Adam Eaton scored from third. Abreu also struck out with two on in the third and and Melky Cabrera and Brett Lawrie couldn’t come through later in the inning with the bases loaded.

Avisail Garcia’s solo shot in the fourth got the White Sox within 4-2. But Abreu flew out to left with the bases loaded to end the threat.

Hector Sanchez drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth to make it a one-run game. But Lawrie was thrown out at home on Austin Jackson’s one-out fly to shallow right -- a call Robin Ventura contested because he believed Ryan Hanigan improperly blocked home plate. Replay officials disagreed with Ventura and the White Sox trailed by a run.

Red Sox relievers retired 12 of the last 14 men they faced and Boston scored three times off the White Sox bullpen to pull away.

“Obviously, I beat the throw,” Lawrie said. “Yeah, he blocked me.

“I thought I was in there because I got through him. Yep, just one of those things again.

“(They made) pitches when they needed to. But that’s how baseball goes sometimes. So gotta suck it up and move on to tomorrow.”

Preview: White Sox turn to Latos vs. Twins tonight on CSN

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Preview: White Sox turn to Latos vs. Twins tonight on CSN

The White Sox take on the Minnesota Twins tonight, and you can catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet. Coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Today’s starting pitching matchup: Mat Latos vs. Ricky Nolasco

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