Ballantini: White Sox's Dunn coming along

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Ballantini: White Sox's Dunn coming along

Saturday, April 9, 2011
Posted: 2:22 p.m.
By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

After experiencing what he called the worst pain yet from his appendicitis surgery on Friday, Adam Dunn arrived at U.S. Cellular Field fit and feisty, feeling better than he has since he underwent the procedure early on Wednesday morning.

The Wolverine healing powers have kicked in, Dunn said, fresh from an indoor hitting session. I knew it was only a matter of time.

Dunn was unaware that manager Ozzie Guillen had proclaimed on Friday that the slugger would need to sit out at least the five days doctors estimated hed be sidelined, and then prove to everyoneGM Ken Williams, hitting coach Greg Walker, doctors, his mom and dad, and new White Sox organist Lori Morelandhe was fit to return to action. But he didnt care, either.

I want to beat the prognosis and play by Sunday, Dunn said, adding that if all proceeds normally hell take batting practice on Sunday and potentially suit up for Sundays series finale vs. the Tampa Bay Rays.

Guillen stood firm.

I talked to Hermie White Sox trainer Herm Schneider and he said the progress is going slow but very sure, Guillen said. He said he was swinging at 50 so there's not a timetable yet. I don't think it's fair for us to say, This is the timetable; that's what we want to do. It's up to him. He's swinging the bat a little bit, and that's good news. I'm not a doctor, but when they open your body and you say five days, I don't care who you are, you're not Superman. I don't care how tough you are, that's going to get you.

Dunn said that he woke up this morning to a revelation.

I was on my side, and thats how I normally sleep, Dunn said. So I opened my eyes and said, whoa. I stood up and felt good, and said, now were in business.

Dunn said he wasnt swinging at 100, but it felt OK. And that means tomorrow is going to be great.

Of course, with Mark Teahen tapping out three hits, including a home run and an apparent game-icing two-run single in the eighth, Dunn realizes that theres no reason for him to speed back to action.

It is hard sitting out, but its a great feeling to know that whoevers in there taking your spot is more than qualified, if not better than you, like Mark yesterday. With this team it makes it a lot easier to not rush, because you know my replacements are going to pick up the slack.

Guillen estimated that Dunn would certainly play before the homestand runs out, however.

When? I don't knowwe have a long homestand, and I hope I see him before it ends, Guillen said. If not, we'll wait and see. If I say I hope it's Monday or Tuesday or Wednesday, then every day we have to come out and address it. From what I hear, I expect him to be back before next weekend.

Brett Ballantini is CSNChicago.coms White Sox Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnik on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox information.

Three more hits for Leury Garcia as White Sox pound Royals

Three more hits for Leury Garcia as White Sox pound Royals

When a role player finally gets an opportunity in Rick Renteria's rotation, it's usually for two or three games. The idea is to give said player an opportunity to find a rhythm before they might head back to the bench for a few days.

So far this season, Leury Garcia has found this method favorable.

The centerfielder/utility man posted his second consecutive three-hit night game and drove in two runs on Tuesday night as the White Sox pounded the Kansas City Royals 10-5 in front of 14,591 at Guaranteed Rate Field. Garcia said he appreciates knowing he's likely to appear in two straight games if he's penciled in for a first. Todd Frazier also drove in three runs for the White Sox, who scored double-digit runs in consecutive games for the first time since May 26-27, 2012 to improve to 10-9.

"That's something that makes you get into rhythm," Garcia said. "It's not the same when you get to play just once a week or twice a week. When you're playing every day you have your routine and your swing and your approach."

Though a familiar face, Garcia — who was acquired in the Aug. 9, 2013 deal that sent Alex Rios and $1 million to the Texas Rangers — is on pace to play more this April than he ever has before. With four more plate appearances on Tuesday, Garcia has 46 this month, just four shy of the 50 he accrued last September. September 2013 when he netted 45 trips to the plate is the only other time in Garcia's career where he's received at least 40 plate appearances in a month.

But Garcia has found ample time this month with Peter Bourjos traded, Charlie Tilson injured and Jacob May struggling. Much like Matt Davidson, Garcia has capitalized on his chances.

On Tuesday his two-out RBI single in the second inning off Danny Duffy tied the score at 1. Three innings later, Garcia's two-out RBI double put the White Sox ahead for good. He also added an infield single in the sixth inning for good measure and finished 3-for-4.

A career .462 OPS hitter before this season, Garcia is slashing .318/.348/.500 in 46 plate appearances this season. 

"He was playing one day and then playing after five days (before)," teammate Avisail Garcia said. "Now he's playing every day and he's doing good. He's a good player and he can hit the ball and play good defense.

"It's huge (to play consecutively)."

A big factor for Leury Garcia's early success is his reduced strikeout rate. He's at 8.7 percent this season (four in 46 tries), down from 30.8 percent for his career. 

"He's just starting to manage his swing," manager Rick Renteria said. "He's learning how to approach at-bats, he's not just flailing at balls, I think it's a little bit more in control. He's still an aggressive swinger but I think he's trying to manage making contact. 

"He's capable of doing quite a few things and it's just coming together."

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Leury Garcia's second straight great game helped the White Sox break out against a lifeless Kansas City club. Tim Anderson followed Leury Garcia's double in the fourth with an RBI single off Duffy to make it 4-2.  

Frazier, who had two doubles and three RBIs, doubled in a run in the fifth and Yolmer Sanchez tripled him in. 

Duffy allowed six earned runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Omar Narvaez, who had two hits and a walk, singled in a pair off reliever Chris Young in the seventh as the White Sox pulled away. Frazier and Avisail Garcia, who finished 3-for-5, doubled in runs with two outs in the eighth. 

But afterward Leury Garcia received praise from every corner of the clubhouse. Renteria and Frazier singled out his performance and Sanchez sat in on his postgame media session. 

"I've been taking advantage of that rotation because you as a player, you want to play," Garcia said. "But at the same time you have to realize there's another 24 teammates that also deserve to play to. You have to be prepared to take advantage of that opportunity. 

"For me I've been great because I've been able to perform and I feel good."

White Sox Talk Podcast: How soon could White Sox promote Yoan Moncada

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White Sox Talk Podcast: How soon could White Sox promote Yoan Moncada

On the latest edition of the White Sox Talk podcast, Ryan McGuffey and Rob Wiatrowski are joined by CSNChicago.com's Dan Hayes to discuss his recent weekend visiting all four White Sox minor league affiliates. 

The panel discusses the players that jumped out to Hayes and when may be the earliest Yoan Moncada gets the call to the Big Leagues. 

Later, Matt Davidson's story makes quite the read and why the Orioles giving up on Miguel Gonzalez has benefitted the Sox. 

Listen to the White Sox Talk Podcast below.