White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From the weekend:

First things first, Dan Hayes joined the CSN Chicago White Sox coverage team as our new White Sox Insider. And he picked a pretty good weekend to join us, because...

The White Sox got their third baseman. Kevin Youkilis is coming to the Sox in exchange for Brent Lillibridge and Zach Stewart, netting the White Sox a significant upgrade at third base even if Youkilis doesn't revert to his pre-2012 form. Chuck Garfien has a good take on it: The deal was a steal for the White Sox.

Most fans agree with Garfien in that the deal was pretty good for the White Sox, although one fan was pretty upset Lillibridge was dealt away. And White Sox players -- even Orlando Hudson -- supported the move:

More Youk reaction: Red Sox players on the deal and Brent Lillibridge on being dealt to Boston.

Shockingly, there was baseball played this weekend, and it went pretty well for the Sox. They dropped Friday's game 1-0 as part of a phenomenal pitcher's duel between Chris Sale and Zack Greinke, but rebounded Saturday with an 8-6 win then pulled out a victory in another great pitcher's duel Sunday.

On Sunday, the White Sox welcomed members of the 1972 team back to Chicago, with Dick Allen discussing the "humbling" experience.

Addison Reed is flourishing as the White Sox closer, and has earned the trust of manager Robin Ventura, reports Hayes. Also, Jake Peavy also is no longer held back by his health.

On Friday, the White Sox made a flurry of roster moves: the pain become unbearable for Philip Humber, who was placed on the disabled list, and Jordan Danks won a spot for the time being on the as Kosuke Fukudome was designated for assignment.

Around the division, Cleveland dropped two of three to Houston and was knocked out of first place while Detroit also fell twice in three games to Pittsburgh.

Carlos Rodon to make season debut for White Sox this week

Carlos Rodon to make season debut for White Sox this week

Carlos Rodon’s next start will be with the White Sox.

The 24-year-old southpaw will make his season debut this week, though manager Rick Renteria didn’t give a definitive answer on when it’d be. But he’s likely lined up to pitch Wednesday or Thursday against the New York Yankees.

“I haven’t played here all year,” Rodon said. “I’m going to be a little geeked up and ready to go. Plus I get to face the Yankees, a good team, good swinging bats there.”

Rodon, who has been on the DL with bursitis in his left shoulder since the start of the season, has been sorely missed for a White Sox rotation that’s struggled mightily over the last month. White Sox starters have a 5.32 ERA in their last 30 games with only six quality starts.

Renteria said he’s hoping Rodon can bring some stability.

“We’re glad he’s healthy, we’re glad he’s back,” Renteria said. “We’re hoping he could kind of calm the waters a little bit in the rotation a little bit once he gets to his spot. He’s been down a while so hopefully he can settle into his role quickly, be effective and help us our moving forward.”

His numbers in three rehab starts in Triple-A Charlotte weren’t all that great, but in his final one on Friday, he struck out seven batters and threw 91 pitches. Rodon said that he felt comfortable with his pitches and that his slider was back with an increased velocity.

The only thing that’s left to do is go out and pitch.

“A lot of these guys, once they get back up to where they should be I think they feel a little bit more comfortable up here,” Renteria said. “They’re adrenaline is gonna be a little high. Hopefully it works to his advantage.”

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