Morel not expected back anytime soon

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Morel not expected back anytime soon

Brent Morel isnt ready to give up the season just yet. But his ailing back may have the final word.

Obviously I want to play and be out there as fast as I can, but I have to be smart about it and stay away from serious surgery, Morel said following the White Soxs 11-9 loss to Houston on Sunday. Yeah, I definitely dont want to have surgery. Im going to do everything I can to not do that and hopefully with some time off I wont have to.

Morel has been on the disabled list since May 18 with a lumbar back strain. He was on a rehabilitation assignment in Triple-A Charlotte last week until pulling himself out during a game Thursday in Toledo.

It progressively got worse, kind of every day there, Morel said of his back. It felt good for a couple of days and then just got back to where it was and not being able to play.

Morel said he has an appointment Monday with a spine specialist in Chicago, and could possibly see a doctor in Los Angeles after that.

Manager Robin Ventura said he isnt expecting Morel back in the lineup anytime soon.

Were going to figure out exactly what it is and take care of it, Ventura said. If there has to be surgery, just do it. But at this point hes done a lot of things you can do without that, so well send him to somebody who can find out specifically what it is.

The time away is getting to Morel. Prior to leaving for the rehab assignment, he expressed optimism about being ready to rejoin the Sox soon. Now that return is anybodys guess.

Its just frustrating, he said. I know theyre doing everything they can. I guess its something that needs to be looked at a little more and figure out exactly whats going on, and hopefully figure out how to fix it.

Discomfort sidelines White Sox infielder Brett Lawrie

Discomfort sidelines White Sox infielder Brett Lawrie

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The White Sox held Brett Lawrie out Saturday after he reported discomfort in the same left leg that sidelined him for the final 2 1/2 months of 2016.

The second baseman has been a full participant the entire spring until he informed manager Rick Renteria what he was experiencing Saturday. 

"We're going to reevaluate him tomorrow and see where he's at," Renteria said. "He didn't feel quite right, and so he was in there earlier today getting treatment. We'll reevaluate tomorrow and make a determination where we're at in terms of trying to set some parameters for how we move forward."

A confusing, tricky series of injuries that Lawrie blamed on wearing orthotics limited him to 94 games last season. He hit the disabled list on July 22 and didn't discover the cause until after the season ended. But Lawrie reported to camp feeling healthy once again and has participated at 100 percent until this point, Renteria said.

"It's been good," Renteria said. "Everything has been clean. There have been no notifications anything had been amiss. He just woke up this morning and felt it. So we're going to be very cautious, take it a day at a time, reevaluate it and see where we're at."

Zack Collins, Yoan Moncada play as White Sox fall to Dodgers

Zack Collins, Yoan Moncada play as White Sox fall to Dodgers

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Manager Rick Renteria promised before Saturday's game the prospects would play and they certainly did.

White Sox prospects Zack Collins and Yoan Moncada both entered in the fifth inning of Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch. Collins singled in two at-bats while Moncada, the centerpiece in the Chris Sale trade, went 0-for-2.

"It was fun," Collins said. "To be able to go out there on the first day was an honor to me. A little jittery, but very excited to play.

"I'm the new guy, it's my first year and the first game played and I get to play. It's definitely an honor."

It's a distinction that will be shared by many, Renteria said. With the White Sox focused on player development and a longer spring schedule, the prospects should get a long look. Given the club's top eight prospects — according to MLB.com — are in big league camp, many will see significant playing time early in camp.

"We've got a long spring and a lot of opportunities," Renteria said. "You're going to see a lot of our kids."

Reliever Zack Burdi, the 26th overall pick of last June's draft, is scheduled to appear in Sunday's game when the White Sox host the Rockies. The White Sox also tentatively have listed Michael Kopech and Reynaldo Lopez as the starting pitchers for their split-squad doubleheader on Tuesday. 

Collins took advantage of his first chance with a ninth-inning single off Dodgers pitcher Edward Paredes. Next up for the 2016 first-rounder is a report Monday for his teammates as part of Renteria's morning meetings.

"I have my little presentation going," Collins said. "I'll probably be more nervous than I will playing."