White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From the weekend:

The White Sox secured the BP Crosstown Cup by sweeping the Cubs, beating their crosstown rivals 3-2 on Friday, 7-4 on Saturday and 6-0 on Sunday.

For the White Sox, Paul Konerko's beaning dominated headlines over the weekend, although the team didn't take exception to Jeff Samardzija's splitter that ran inside and hit the Sox captain in the face. Luckily, Konerko doesn't expect to be out for too long, although his face was pretty messed up.

Oddly enough, the Sox scored 13 runs in the two games they played without Konerko. The efforts of Adam Dunn, Dayan Viciedo -- who wouldn't have played this weekend if Konerko didn't get hit -- and Gordon Beckham were key in helping the White Sox this weekend to mitigate Konerko's loss. And John Danks pitching one of his best games of the year on Saturday certainly helped, too.

With Brent Morel looking like he'll be placed on the disabled list, the White Sox agreed to sign Orlando Hudson, who was released by San Diego last week. While Hudson hasn't played third base in the majors, he did play there coming through the Blue Jays farm system, and that's where Robin Ventura thinks he'll wind up when he joins the White Sox on Tuesday, as expected.

Jake Peavy bounced back after his rough outinginning Tuesday against Detroit to throw 6 13 shutout innings on Sunday. After the game, he explained how he wants to stay in Chicago, but understands it may not be possible.

Peavy also had some great things to say about the retirement of Kerry Wood -- Peavy said he's watched Wood's 20-strikeout game multiple times and still is in awe of the sheer dominance the then-rookie showed that day. Luke Stuckmeyer also wondered who you'd rather have at their peak -- Wood or Mark Buehrle?

Around the division: Minnesota played pretty well Friday and Saturday against Milwaukee but was torched on Sunday, Max Scherzer struck out 15 Sunday and Justin Verlander nearly threw a no-hitter Friday, Indians closer Chris Perez ripped Cleveland's attendance (before offering a solution) and Bruce Chen won again.

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."