White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From the weekend:

Chris Sale re-joined the rotation after convincing Kenny Williams & Co. on Friday that it's the best spot for him. The Sox ultimately made the right decision here, even if Sale struggled in his return to starting on Saturday.

Friday saw Gavin Floyd put together another excellent outing, shutting out the Royals over 7 23 innings in a 5-0 win. But the Sox offense couldn't muster anything on Saturday and Sunday to support Sale and Philip Humber, the latter of whom was outstanding, in 5-0 and 9-1 losses to the Royals.

Adam Dunn matched his 2011 home run total on Friday, and along with Floyd is off to a great start. Unfortunately for the Sox, though, their efforts haven't helped out a team that's now failed to win their last six series (0-5-1). Looking ahead, Dunn could see some time in left field this weekend against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in an effort to keep his bat in the lineup.

Another player who's playing well -- outside of the hanging slider he threw to Eric Hosmer on Sunday -- is Nate Jones, who's settling into a groove in the Sox bullpen. For a rookie who's never pitched above Double-A before this season, his 1.76 ERA and 8.80 K9 are even more impressive.

And Jones' success could've given the White Sox a difficult decision to make when Jesse Crain re-joins the team, which is expected to be today. Instead, the best bet is to see Eric Stults be designated for assignment when Crain returns from a rehab stint in Charlotte.

White Sox: Avisail Garcia leaves game early with sore left knee

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White Sox: Avisail Garcia leaves game early with sore left knee

White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia left Wednesday night’s game with a sore left knee.

Garcia exited the contest in the top of the ninth inning when he was replaced in right field by Alen Hanson. The removal came two innings after a pickoff throw at first base forced Garcia to awkwardly dive back to the bag.

In the middle of a heavy rain, Garcia stayed on the ground for several seconds after New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez attempted to throw behind him.

The team’s best All-Star candidate, Garcia entered the contest hitting .321/.361/.516 with 11 home runs and 51 RBIs in 305 plate appearances. Garcia was 0-for-2 with a walk and was hit by a pitch before he left early.

How Rick Renteria has tried to help White Sox players combat travel fatigue

How Rick Renteria has tried to help White Sox players combat travel fatigue

They’re finally at home and Rick Renteria has implored White Sox players to relax a little.

Take a nap. Go see a movie. Run some errands.

Basically, the White Sox manager has ordered his players to do anything but arrive early to Guaranteed Rate Field the past two games. For the third time already on the 10-game homestand, White Sox players were instructed to check into the clubhouse later than normal. Renteria is attempting to help his players catch up after a trying schedule that began with 44 road dates in the team’s first 71 games.

Though it won’t be a routine practice, Renteria is aware his players have to be feeling some of the effects of a schedule that has had them mostly away from Chicago before this week and wanted to correct it.

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“We have been traveling a lot,” Renteria said. “The reality is the body's fatigued, you're getting up early, you're packing every three days. I just thought (Tuesday) would be an appropriate time to give them a little breath. And then after the victory last night, going in they were talking a little bit about maybe doing it again today. Honestly, they're the ones that are playing the game. It's not something I'll probably do every single day, that would be impossible. We still have to get our work in. But I thought it kind of fit the moment and we allowed them to do it again (Wednesday).”

Though he’s unaccustomed to the practice, Todd Frazier doesn’t mind it. White Sox players have been allowed to arrive at the park on consecutive days at 5 p.m. for the 7:10 p.m. starts.

Even so, many players were already in the building by the time media access to the clubhouse began at 4:30 p.m. Frazier said players simply have to be a little more efficient in preparing for the game.

“It’s good,” Frazier said. “You get to spend more time with the family. If you can get a nap in there, that helps too. Getting to the ballpark, you feel like you have more time than you really have, but you work in the cage, get warmed up and away you go. It’s like high school. You get to the field an hour before the game, get a quick stretch, talked to the guys about what did you do last night, how’s what’s her name doing, hang around and then we go to work.”