White Sox morning roundup


White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

The White Sox couldn't solve Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow, who threw his MLB-leading third shutout of the season to push Toronto to a 4-0 win. The Sox managed just two hits and two walks against Morrow.

Paul Konerko missed his third straight game and hopes to return soon, he explained prior to the contest:

And Tyler Flowers had a good soundbite about playing first base, where he started Wednesday:

In other injury news, it sounds like Kosuke Fukudome may be bound for the disabled list. Whether the Sox removing Ozzie Martinez from their 40-man roster is connected to that remains to be seen -- since the move put the 40-man at 37 -- but the Sox will need to add an outfielder to the 40-man roster if Fukudome hits the shelf.

Jose Quintana made the most of his third crack at starting in the majors, allowing two runs over six innings. He allowed nine hits -- one of which was a home run -- with only one walk and one strikeout. Quintana doesn't have great stuff, but he kept the ball on the ground, which keyed his success. If this was his last start in the majors until further notice, he did a fine job.

More video: Steve Stone and Matt Thornton checked in on Chicago Tribune Live to discuss the state of the Sox, and Tyler Flowers and Robin Ventura broke down Morrow's outing.

The first-year player draft concluded Wednesday, with the White Sox taking Tim Allen's nephew, among others. And David Kaplan has a good look as to what Courtney Hawkins brings to the Sox organization and where he needs to improve.

Around the division: Detroit placed Alex Avila on the 15-day disabled list and lost 9-6 to Cleveland -- but stayed a half-game ahead of Kansas City as the Royals fell to Minnesota 4-2.

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."