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What's done is Dunn, A.J. too; Konerko on deck?

What's done is Dunn, A.J. too; Konerko on deck?

Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010
Updated 11:41 PM

By Chuck Garfien
CSNChicago.com

Dating back to last spring training, if you asked Kenny Williams about his team, he wouldnt lie about his number-one concern: lack of a lefty power bat in the middle of the White Sox lineup, and it was gnawing at him.

The decision not to bring back Jim Thome left them vulnerable on that side of the plate, so Williams tried to sign Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon before the 2010 season, but swung and missed.

Before last summers trading deadline, he went after Adam Dunn. Missed again.

But this time, he didnt. Nope, instead Williams knocked it out of the park, which is what the White Sox are hoping Adam Dunn does again and again in 2011.

Thursday, the Sox struck a deal with the number-one slugger on the free agent market - reportedly a 4-year, 56 million dollar contract, pending a physical. Dunn, a beast of a hitter who not only stands 6-foot-6, 285 pounds (dont you dare pitch inside), is one of the most consistent and feared home run hitters in the game.

Since 2004, he has smashed 282 home runs. The only hitter who has more? Albert Pujols.

Also since 2004, Dunn is second in the majors in games played. Whos first? Ichiro Suzuki.

Speaking on a media conference call Thursday, Williams wouldnt comment on Dunn, only to say that hell share his thoughts at a press conference at U.S. Cellular Field Friday at 2:00 p.m. Chances are this wont be a media get-together to announce a contract extension for Southpaw the mascot.

What is Dunn like as a teammate? Reliever J.J. Putz, a free agent who played on Team USA with Dunn in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, gave Dunn the ultimate compliment.

Hes the best clubhouse guy to build a team around, Putz said. Oh yeah, and he rakes.

"Adam is gonna bring us a much needed left-handed power threat to the middle of the lineup," Jake Peavy told CSNChicago.com late Thursday night. "Adam is a good friend and I'm glad to have him as a teammate."

"I'm happy to have a guy that is not only a great baseball player but also a great person," Gordon Beckham said. "The White Sox are really making a commitment to the chemistry of a team which makes winning that much easier. Adam will fit right in with the pulse of our team."

With Dunn aboard, the next question is obvious: What does this mean for Paul Konerko?

Dunn, not the most nimble of defenders, has stated that he doesnt want to DH. He played 153 games at first base last season for the Nationals.

Is there room for both of them?

Not only is there room for it, but it would be the ideal fit from our perspective, Williams said.

Apparently the Sox envision Dunn and Konerko splitting time at first base and DH, and re-signing the White Sox captain is Williams' number-one priority right now. But hell have to be patient.

Weve tried to intiate (signing Konerko) on a couple of occasions, Williams said. We respect Pauls decision and his agents decision to try and take Paul to the winter meetings (next week) and flush out all of the interest and all the offers. Were trying to be patient and respectful of his process and also mindful of lost opportunities, or potentially lost opportunities if were not able to bring back Paulie, but Ive made it no secret. We do have strong interest in bringing him back.

After last season, Williams met with Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf to talk about 2011. Normally the Sox GM presents his boss with four different plans. This year, Williams had only two.

One was a young team and the other was we were going to add to the mix. We just didnt want to be in the middle. If youre going to be all in, you go all in.

With Adam Dunn aboard, the Sox have just upped the ante.

Chuck Garfien hosts White Sox Pregame and Postgame Live on Comcast SportsNet with former Sox sluggers Frank Thomas and Bill Melton. Follow Chuck @ChuckGarfien on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox news and views.

White Sox prospect Carson Fulmer leaves games early, expected to make next start

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White Sox prospect Carson Fulmer leaves games early, expected to make next start

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carson Fulmer left Tuesday night's game early but he should be back on the mound again in time for his next start.

The Triple-A Charlotte pitcher exited in the top of the sixth inning with a cramp in his right leg, Knights manager Mark Grudzielanek said. Fulmer informed the staff he had cramped up in the third inning and received treatment. He returned to the mound but had to exit again in the sixth. The Knights lost 5-3 to the Toledo MudHens in 10 innings at BB&T Ballpark.

“He just cramped up. It was a hot night and it was his push-off leg,” Grudzielanek said. “His actions, he was feeling it so we got him out of there.

“He was a cramping up a few innings, probably the end of the third he came in a little tight, worked him out, hydrated him and tried to get him feeling a little better, loosened him up. He looked good in the fourth but it came back after the fifth.”

“Absolutely, he’ll be fine. It was cramps. It wasn’t anything other than that. You get better, you move on and he’ll make his next start and be ready to go like he always does.”

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Fulmer moved on after a slow first inning cost him three runs. The right-hander yielded a three-run homer to ex-Cubs prospect Jeimer Candelario in the first inning, one of three first-inning hits Fulmer allowed. But Fulmer, the team’s first-round pick in 2015, settled down and retired 10 straight batters.

Fulmer is 7-8 with a 5.61 ERA in 24 starts this season.

“He hung some pitches and got behind a little bit and when that happens you put some runners on, put a good swing on it and it leaves the park,” Grudzielanek said. “He understands the consequences when you get behind hitters.

“He looked good after that. He’s working his offspeed pitches. I thought he threw for strikes earlier in the counts and got ahead of some of the hitters and had some rollouts and some easy fly balls and he was a different pitcher there for four or five innings.”

Jacob May belly-flops for insane catch

Jacob May belly-flops for insane catch

Jacob May's time with the White Sox wasn't how he envisioned his first stint in the majors going, but the outfielder sure had a play to be proud of on Tuesday in Triple-A Charlotte.

May went full extension on a diving catch in the sixth inning of Tuesday's game against Toledo. He robbed Jason Krizan of extra bases and an RBI with the eye-popping catch.

Watch the catch in the video above.

May, who went 2-for-36 in the majors to open this season, also had a solid day at the plate going 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a walk. The 25-year-old is hitting .246 with a .304 on-base percentage for the Knights this season.

The Knights lost the game in 10 innings after Carson Fulmer started.