Robin Ventura expects Jimmy Rollins to make White Sox roster

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Robin Ventura expects Jimmy Rollins to make White Sox roster

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jimmy Rollins is a pretty good bet to make the Opening Day roster for the White Sox, Robin Ventura said Wednesday.

On the eve of the team’s first spring training game, Ventura said he believes Rollins will make the club out of camp.

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The veteran shortstop signed a minor-league deal last week with the White Sox that would pay him $2 million if he reaches the majors. Rollins is competing with Tyler Saladino for the starting shortstop job and could also be used in a utility role. The White Sox open Cactus League play Thursday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“I expect (Rollins) to make the team,” Ventura said. “Unless something happens physically where it wouldn’t work.”

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Rollins appeared in 144 games for the Dodgers in 2015. He hit .224/.285/.358 with 13 home runs and 12 steals in 563 plate appearances. Rollins could be considered the leading candidate to win the starting job. But, even if he did get named the starter, Saladino likely would see playing time at short in order to rest Rollins, 37.

“You want to hit it right on the nose where you’re not worrying about (rest),” Ventura said. “You want to get him as much as he can where he’s playing effective and doing all the right things in the first half that you don’t want to hold it all back just for the second half.”

Still dealing: White Sox trade Anthony Swarzak to Brewers

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Still dealing: White Sox trade Anthony Swarzak to Brewers

The White Sox rebuild continued on Tuesday with the news of Anthony Swarzak getting dealt to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Ken Rosenthal first reported the Brewers' interest in the trade and  Jon Heyman later confirmed the deal was happening.

CSN Chicago's Dan Hayes confirmed the trade and identified the prospect the White Sox got back from the Brewers.

Ryan Cordell is a 25-year-old outfielder who was playing in Milwaukee's Triple-A affiliate Colorado Springs. He was hitting .284 with a .349 on-base percentage and a .506 slugging percentage.

Swarzak's last outing with the White Sox was the save he earned in Monday's 3-1 win at the Cubs. It was his first career save.

Swarzak had a breakout season with the White Sox. The 31-year-old had a 2.23 ERA, the lowest of his career, while also posting the highest strikeout rate of his career. Swarzak had 52 strikeoust in 48 1/3 innings.

The Brewers will be Swarzak's fifth major league team since he debuted with the Minnesota Twins in 2009.

In return for Swarzak, the White Sox didn't get a top prospect at the same level of the previous trades this season. Cordell is ranked the No. 17 Brewers prospect by MLB Pipeline. He was a two-way player his freshman year at Liberty before dropping pitching.

Cordell is noted for his athleticism and can play center field, but he also hit 19 home runs last season in Double-A Frisco in 445 plate appearances. He played throughout the outfield and even played various spots in the infield when he was in the Texas Rangers' system.

This is the second straight year Cordell has been dealt at the deadline. He was sent from the Rangers to the Brewers last year in a trade that moved Jonathan Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress to Texas.

CSN to provide alternative Spanish-language telecasts for upcoming White Sox & Cubs games on CSN+

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CSN to provide alternative Spanish-language telecasts for upcoming White Sox & Cubs games on CSN+

MONDAY, JULY 31 at 7:00 PM CT (White Sox vs. Toronto) – featuring game analyst OZZIE GUILLEN

TUESDAY, AUGUST 1 at 7:00 PM CT (Cubs vs. Arizona) – featuring game analyst CARLOS ZAMBRANO

Chicago, IL (July 25, 2017) For the first time in network history, CSN Chicago (CSN), the home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs, will be providing an alternative Spanish-language telecast for each team that will air exclusively on CSN+ (also streaming live on CSNChicago.com and via the NBC Sports app).  CSN’s upcoming pair of alternative Spanish-language telecasts will also feature game analysis provided by two Chicago baseball icons: 2005 White Sox World Series manager Ozzie Guillen (on Monday, July 31) and three-time Cubs All-Star starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano (on Tuesday, August 1).

On Monday, July 31, CSN will carry the first of its two Spanish-language telecasts as the White Sox host the Toronto Blue Jays at 7:00 PM CT (White Sox Pregame Live presented by The Kowalis Family of Dealerships begins at 6:30 PM).  Calling the game on CSN+ will be Noticiero Telemundo Chicago’s lead sports anchor/veteran play-by-play announcer Rodrigo Arana, who will be joined in the booth by the always-candid and entertaining Ozzie Guillen, who led the White Sox to their first World Series title in 88 years, earning the 2005 American League “Manager of the Year” honor.  CSN’s primary White Sox announcing team of Jason Benetti and Steve Stone will provide the call of the game on the main CSN channel location. 

Then, on Tuesday, August 1, CSN will head to the north side of town for its second alternative Spanish-language telecast when the Cubs host the Arizona Diamondbacks at 7:00 PM CT (Cubs Pregame Live presented by Fields Auto Group gets underway at 6:30 PM).  Arana will once again handle play-by-play duties on CSN+, but will be joined in the booth this time by former Cubs standout pitcher (and hitter) Carlos Zambrano. In his 11 seasons with the Cubs, Zambrano made the National League All-Star team three times, earned three Silver Slugger awards, and finished in the NL’s top ten in ERA four-straight years (2003-06).  The primary call of the game on the main CSN channel location will be handled by CSN’s Cubs announcing duo of Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies

“With a diverse and dedicated Chicago baseball fan base throughout the entire Chicago market, we are excited to provide these Spanish-language White Sox and Cubs telecasts, showcasing the standout play-by-play call from Rodrigo and the in-depth and entertaining analysis from both Ozzie and Carlos,” said Greg Bowman, VP of Programming for CSN Chicago.

The alternative Spanish-language White Sox & Cubs telecasts will be televised exclusively on CSN+, which is available in high-definition on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 201 in the Chicago area/South Bend, IN & on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 285 in the Peoria, Springfield, Rockford and Champaign markets, along with being made available in DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, RCN, and WOW! homes among others; viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for complete channel location details. 

In addition, the English and Spanish versions of the White Sox game on July 31 and the Cubs game on August 1 will BOTH be accessible live via CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports app to authenticated CSN Chicago subscribers.  The live streaming service is currently available to customers of Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, Mediacom, RCN, WOW!, Time Warner Cable and Charter among numerous other carriers.  For a full list of carriers and more information about CSN Chicago’s live streaming service of White Sox games, viewers are urged to visit the following link: http://www.csnchicago.com/live-faq .  The live stream of CSN’s White Sox & Cubs telecasts is presented by State Farm

Throughout the season, fans are also urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s “WhiteSoxTalk” (CSNChicago.com/white-sox) and “CubsTalk” (CSNChicago.com/cubs) sections for complete game previews/recaps, the latest news & rumors, feature reports, videos, and much more.  Fans can also follow the network’s dedicated team-specific Twitter handles (@CSNWhiteSox and @CSNCubs) for the latest news and up-to-the-minute team/player reports 24/7.  In addition, fans can look forward to new editions of CSN’s popular White Sox & Cubs PODCASTS (presented by Wintrust) featuring the network’s roster of baseball experts, along with numerous special guests.  All of CSN’s podcasts can be downloaded at CSNChicago.com/podcasts and by simply subscribing to them via Apple Podcasts, Google Play or Stitcher.  The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.