Carlos Rodon to start throwing for White Sox on Friday

Carlos Rodon to start throwing for White Sox on Friday

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Carlos Rodon’s throwing program is expected to begin on Friday after a slight planned delay.

The White Sox have asked their young starting pitcher refrain from throwing activity for each of the first three days in camp in an effort to combat a lengthier spring training schedule. The 2017 spring training calendar includes a handful of extra days so players could prepare for the World Baseball Classic.

Rodon is one of several pitchers the White Sox are measuring out, according to manager Rick Renteria.

Instead of having Rodon throw the entire time in camp, the White Sox asked him to limit his activity early because they need him to carry a heavier workload this season. Rodon went 9-10 with a 4.04 ERA and 168 strikeouts in 165 innings pitched last season.

“Ease him into it a little bit,” pitching coach Don Cooper said. “With the World Classic, we are here (44 days). We’ve got a whole lot of time and we are going to take our time with him.

“He’s throwing tomorrow. Tomorrow his program starts like I said. He’s fine. He’s good. He’s good. He’s good. We are not going to ask somebody to do something if they are not.”

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The White Sox operated the same way with Chris Sale last spring. Cooper held Sale out of exhibition games until mid-March, preferring to have him work in extended bullpen sessions and simulated games. The schedule allowed for more focused work, Cooper said. Sale sang the schedule’s praises throughout the season, saying he felt refreshed.

The White Sox need Rodon to step up in Sale’s absence. The hope is he can provide the team with 180-200 innings pitched. Rodon threw a combined 149 1/3 innings in 2015 and slightly increased that total last season.

While most of his teammates have spent the first three days playing catch, participating in bullpens and taking pitcher’s fielding practice, Rodon’s schedule has been limited. The left-hander has spent the warmup time talking to coaches and hasn’t even thrown the ball to first during PFP’s.

But Cooper, Rodon and Renteria have said all week that the pitcher is healthy and working on an individual schedule.

“There are certain guys we’re going to be measuring in terms of their work and as soon as we get that structured out there in the longer format we’ll get them out there and do what we need them to do,” Renteria said on Tuesday.

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.