Sox have until Friday to offer arbitration to four

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Sox have until Friday to offer arbitration to four

The White Sox have a little more than 24 hours left to offer contracts to their four arbitration-eligible players.
By 11 p.m. (CST) Friday night the team must decide whether to tender contracts to second baseman Gordon Beckham, outfielder Alejandro De Aza, first baseman Dan Johnson and starting pitcher Philip Humber.
With 10 players under contract for 89.95 million and limited payroll available, the White Sox might non-tender both Johnson and Humber, though general manager Rick Hahn declined to say Thursday until he spoke to players about what direction the club will go.
We have talked to some agents this week about what were thinking and where things are likely headed so its not going to come as a shock in the end, ultimately, if we decided to not tender anybody, Hahn said.
Beckham, who is in his first season of arbitration eligibility, is likely to earn around 3 million next season, while De Aza, also eligible for the first time, could earn at least 1-1.5 million.
With limited flexibility and what appears to be a full starting rotation ahead of him, Humber might not fit into the teams plans with a 1 million-plus salary. With Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn ahead of him at first base and designated hitter, Johnson, who is likely to earn at least 1 million, might be too costly for the budget-conscious White Sox.
Humber, who threw a perfect game in Seattle on April 21, went 5-5 with a 6.44 ERA. He was removed from the starting rotation in early August and only appeared in two games after Aug. 31.
Johnson hit 28 home runs at Triple-A Charlotte but only got 22 at-bats with the White Sox after he was promoted to the big leagues on Sept. 1.

Ex-White Sox Jesse Crain hosting charity event featuring Paul Konerko, George Brett

Ex-White Sox Jesse Crain hosting charity event featuring Paul Konerko, George Brett

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Ex-White Sox pitcher Jesse Crain is hosting a local charity golfing event featuring Paul Konerko, Matt Thornton and Hall of Famer George Brett among others.

Crain, who pitched for the White Sox for three seasons and was an All-Star in 2013, and his wife, Becky, recently created the Crain Family Foundation to benefit children. 

The couple is hosting the Swing into Spring event at Top Golf in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Monday night, which is designed to benefit the Tandem Resource Center, Arizona RBI Baseball and Autism Speaks. Crain expects between 25-30 current and former players will participate in the event, which is open to the public.

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"Me and my wife had wanted to start a foundation for a long time with the platform that we'd give back to kids any way possible," Crain said. "We just want to be able to help kids in whatever capacity, whether through medical, hardships or whatever it may be."

Crain, who was at Camelback Ranch on Wednesday, said planning for the event began in October. Though he had wanted to begin a foundation during his playing career, Crain said after planning the event he knows he wouldn't have had the appropriate amount of time while he was an active player.

Among those scheduled to attend are Cody Ross, David Aardsma, Jonny Gomes, Nick Punto, JJ Putz, Brandon Webb, Justin Morneau, Matt Lindstrom, Scott Feldman, Nate Jones, Mark Melancon, Denard Span and Chad Qualls. Crain also hopes to convince a few more current White Sox players. He said reservations for the event or donations can be made through Crainfamilyfoundation.org.

Todd Frazier out with left oblique strain

Todd Frazier out with left oblique strain

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier has been sidelined with what he's describing as a left oblique strain.  

Frazier — who produced a career high 40 home runs and 98 RBIs last season — said he injured himself swinging on Monday. White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Frazier is day-to-day and the club would take advantage of the extra time on the spring training calendar this season.
 
The veteran also said he expects to be cautious with the injury and thorough.

"Just felt a little tightness in my left side," Frazier said. "That's what spring training is for, you've got to just be careful. (Athletic trainer Herm Schneider has) been working with me the past day and a half. I don't feel like it's anything that serious, but we have so much time. Let's take a break, take a few days off and hopefully it keeps getting better and better.

"It's something I've dealt with before. But at the same time, from what I've heard they're not anything to mess with. So let's take a couple days and see how it is after a couple days and go from there."

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The White Sox begin their exhibition season on Saturday with a contest against the Los Angeles Dodgers. But the team's regular season opener isn't for another 5 1/2 weeks, which should give Frazier ample time to rest, rehab and prepare. The White Sox open the 2017 campaign at home on April 3 against the Detroit Tigers. 

"He's been working good," Renteria said. "I just saw him, he's smiling. He's day to day and we'll re-evaluate and see where he's at.

"We'll back him up. We're taking it day to day. We'll see where he's at before I can determine how far back we can push him back."