Brent Morel has been on the disabled list since May 18 with a Lumbar back strain, but he began his rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte Wednesday night and immediately showed signs he's healthy.
Morel went 2 for 3 with a double in five innings Wednesday night and followed that up with a 2 for 5 performance Thursday. He'll get at least one more game in Friday before the White Sox will be faced with a roster decision when Morel is eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday.
Orlando Hudson is experiencing his first taste at the hot corner, but is hitting just .185 with a double, triple and four RBIs in nine games with the White Sox. Meanwhile, Morel was hitting just .177 with zero home runs, two doubles and five RBIs when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Whenever the Sox choose to activate Morel, Eduardo Escobar could be sent down. Escobar, 23, is hitting .140 with one RBI in 15 games and has played just once since May 19.
Former White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski officially retired from MLB on Tuesday.
Pierzynski will join FOX as a full-time analyst, according to a press release from FOX Sports.
"We love having A.J. on the FOX Sports team," Fox Sports President John Entz said. "He’s confident in his opinions and insight and he doesn’t hold back or shy away from topics he feels strongly about. Fans want an honest approach to what’s happening on the field, in the locker room and away from the game, and A.J. gives you just that, and has a lot of fun doing it."
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Pierzynski will serve as both a color commentator and studio analyst for FOX, while also making regular appearances on FS1's MLB Whiparound. Pierzynski previously worked with FOX during the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015 MLB postseasons.
"With Opening Day right around the corner, this is always a great time of year," Pierzynski said in a statement from FOX Sports. "I’m really looking forward to what should be a very exciting MLB season and to being a part of the FOX Sports team again."
Pierzynski spent 19 years in MLB with the Minnesota Twins (1998-03), San Francisco Giants (2004), White Sox (2005-12), Texas Rangers (2013), Boston Red Sox (2014), St. Louis Cardinals (2014) and Atlanta Braves (2015-16). Pierzynski won a World Series ring with the White Sox in 2005. The 40-year-old Pierzynski had a career major-league slash line of .280/.319/.420 with 188 home runs and 909 RBI.
Pierzynski joins former MLB players Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher, who both recently signed deals with FOX.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Carlos Rodon will begin a two-week throwing program after a second opinion revealed no structural damage.
The White Sox pitcher is back in camp on Tuesday morning after he traveled to Los Angeles for a follow up appointment on Monday. That visit yet again cleared Rodon of any major injury, though he has been diagnosed as having bursitis (inflammation) in his left bicep tendon. Rodon is expected to start the season on the 10-day disabled list.
"I had a good day (Monday), figured some stuff out and are going with the plan we've got now," Rodon said. "(The program is) based on how I feel, how I push it. I'll try to take it slow, and if everything feels good, I want to be back with these guys as soon as I can."
Rodon was scratched from Friday's start and has undergone a slew of tests since.
General manager Rick Hahn said last week that odds were Rodon would start the season on the disabled list. Manager Rick Renteria hinted the same on Monday when he said the White Sox would be cautious with the No. 3 overall pick of the 2014 draft even if the second opinion revealed no significant damage.
Rodon wasn't certain but thinks he may stay behind in Arizona for extended spring training.
"It's almost like you have to re-start the process a little bit," Renteria said. "It would be foolish to try to anticipate or push him into any direction without first of all ultimately having whatever the diagnosis is or the validation or whatever it might be of the second opinion. Once we get that, we'll know hopefully tomorrow how we can ultimately proceed. I wouldn't think we’d try to ramp him up quickly."