White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

Yu Darvish signed a six-year, 60 million deal with Texas, meaning he very well could make his much-anticipated major league debut against the White Sox in a nationally-televised Sunday night game. Quick! Let's get those Yu Darvish puns out of the way (I feel awful about roughly 100 percent of these): Yu gotta be bleepin' me! Yu can put it on the board, yes! Yuuuuuu crank dat soulja boy Never gonna give Yu up, never gonna let Yu down Do Yu believe in miracles? Yes!

The Red Sox are interested in Gavin Floyd, for what it's worth. Given that the White Sox asking price is reportedly pretty high, I wouldn't count on a deal getting done involving Floyd with any team, be it Boston, Toronto or some other club. Fornelli seems to think there's a little more to these latest Floyd rumors, given the dormant nature of Sox news in the last few weeks.

Eighteen-year-old Cuban lefty Gerardo Concepcion declared for free agency, and the White Sox are listed along with the Yankees, Rangers, Cubs and Phillies as teams interested in signing him. Concepcion is a "finesse pitcher" according to Phil Rogers, which is code for "doesn't have great stuff." Still, he'd probably rate as the second-best pitching prospect in the Sox organization behind Nestor Molina.

Ozzie Guillen and the Marlins are likely to be the subject of Showtime's documentary series "The Franchise" this year, if you're still interested in his day-to-day activities.

Dayan Viciedo isn't entering a contract year, explains Jim at South Side Sox. There's been some confusion regarding Viciedo's contract status after his original four-year deal runs out following the 2012 season, but the Sox will have him under team control for six years beginning in 2012.

James hopped over to Southside Showdown to write an extensive argument as to why the White Sox won't be very competitive in 2012.

Sick bay: White Sox not worried about Zach Putnam, Melky Cabrera back in lineup

Sick bay: White Sox not worried about Zach Putnam, Melky Cabrera back in lineup

White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Zach Putnam theoretically is available to pitch in Sunday’s series finale against the Cleveland Indians, but he’s unlikely to use him after the right-hander left Saturday’s game with right elbow tenderness. 

Putnam was initially listed as being day-to-day, and nothing changed on that overnight.

“He’s available but would I use him? Probably not,” Renteria said. 

Melky Cabrera, who jammed his wrist chasing down a foul ball Saturday night, was back in the White Sox lineup at designated hitter on Sunday. 

Left-hander Carlos Rodon was spotted saying hi to teammates in the White Sox clubhouse before Sunday’s game, and is being evaluated as the team figures out what the next step in his recovery process from bursitis in his left biceps. 

Right-hander Jake Petricka was around the clubhouse on Sunday, too, as he works his way back from a strained right lat. 

“He’s been getting worked on inside there,” Renteria said. “We still have to see where he’s at. I don’t know what he’s going to do on the field yet. That’s to be assessed.”

Matt Davidson stays mentally involved for fourth consecutive game off

Matt Davidson stays mentally involved for fourth consecutive game off

Matt Davidson, despite a .324 batting average and 1.010 OPS, hasn't been in the White Sox starting lineup in four consecutive games. 

For Sunday's series finale against the Cleveland Indians, Melky Cabrera got the start at designated hitter (he banged up his wrist running into a wall in left field foul territory Saturday night) with Jacob May playing in left field. Cody Asche, who started at DH in the White Sox last three games and went 0-10, is on the bench. 

A few things to note about Davidson's absence: They've come against four of the American League's best right-handers in New York's Masahiro Tanaka and Cleveland's Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar. Entering Sunday's game, though, the White Sox haven't scored in their last 23 innings and only have had one runner reach second base in their last 20 frames. 

Manager Rick Renteria said ostensibly poor matchups for Davidson, who has 12 strikeouts in 23 plate appearances against right-handers this year, haven't been why he hasn't played him.

"It's not so much the matchup," Renteria said. "I think we have other guys we want to go ahead and give them the opportunity to face who they are facing today. Matty has shown he can hit anybody. It has nothing to do with it. It has more to do with putting the guys we have right now in a particular situation to experience this particular club."

Davidson said the gap in starts hasn't been an issue for him, since he's already dealt with a lull in playing time earlier this year. Davidson made his last Cactus League start March 28 and only had one at-bat between then and his regular season debut April 6, when he went 2-4 with a home run, a walk and three RBIs. 

"I'm just staying with my approach, I'm watching video and staying up just like I'd be playing," Davidson said. "As long as I'm doing that I think I'll give myself the best chance I can."

Davidson, who made his four seasons ago with the Arizona Diamondbacks, spent nearly three years in Triple-A after the White Sox acquired him in exchange for closer Addison Reed in December of 2013. When he finally broke through with the White Sox last year, he broke his foot in his first game back in the major leagues and missed the rest of the season. 

So while Davidson's starts and at-bats have been sporadic this season, he's not taking the chances he gets for granted. 

"All of a sudden you spend a couple more years in Triple-A and you see the same thing over and over again, and you really appreciate being up here," Davidson said. 

The White Sox upcoming three-game series should provide opportunities for Davidson to get back in Renteria's lineup, with left-handers Jason Vargas and Danny Duffy starting the first two games of the series for the Kansas City Royals. 

"You will see him in the lineup coming up a little bit more," Renteria said. "But we will continue to mix and match to do what we can to make sure everybody stays capable of what they need to do."