White Sox morning roundup


White Sox morning roundup

From the weekend:

The White Sox wound up dropping Saturday and Sunday's games to the Yankees, leading to a series split in New York and a 4-3 road trip. After clobbering Yankees pitching on Friday -- things got so out of hand for New York that Dewayne Wise pitched -- the Sox offense mustered two runs in 18 innings over the final two games of the series.

As of right now, three players will head to Kansas City to represent the White Sox in the All-Star Game later this month: Chris Sale, Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn. Jake Peavy is up for the final vote, but A.J. Pierzynski was pretty well snubbed. And AL manager Ron Washington pretty much knows that:

Although Pierzynski isn't buying it:

Jesse Crain threw on Sunday and felt better as he deals with a sore shoulder, although a trip to the disabled list hasn't been ruled out. And while John Danks left New York to undergo further testing on his left shoulder, he's expected to continue his rehabtraining program Tuesday in Chicago.

Here's something great: Peavy raised 24,100 for pancreatic cancer research on Saturday. CSN White Sox Insider Dan Hayes explains.

Chuck Garfien penned an outstanding, poignant piece on Pierzynski's relationship with the late Kevin Hickey that's definitely worth a read -- and be sure to keep an eye out for Inside Look: A.J. Pierzynski on Comcast SportsNet this month.

In his first season in the majors, Nate Jones has a 2.95 ERA while averaging just over a strikeout per inning. The rookie says he "never could've imagined" the role and level of success he's had so far in 2012.

Around the division: Both Cleveland and Detroit took two of three from AL East squads, as the Indians won their series in Baltimore and the Tigers took out the reeling Rays at Tropicana Field. As things stand, the Sox are 1 12 games ahead of Cleveland and 3 ahead of Detroit. Kansas City dropped three of four against the Twins, missing a chance to hold their ground in the division. They're now six games back.

'It's possible, absolutely' that Carlos Rodon's next start could be with White Sox

'It's possible, absolutely' that Carlos Rodon's next start could be with White Sox

Help may be on the horizon for the White Sox starting rotation. 

Carlos Rodon, who threw 4 1/3 innings for the Charlotte Knights on Friday night, could make his next start for the big league club.

Before the Mark Buehrle Day ceremony on Saturday, Rick Renteria discussed whether the 24-year-old would need another start in Triple-A Charlotte as he rehabs from bursitis in his left shoulder. 

"I don't," Renteria said. "I think our plans are probably to get him back with us." 

Despite being tagged for seven earned runs Friday, Renteria was encouraged by Rodon's sharp off-speed pitches. He also extended for 91 pitches, but the Knights' defense struggled, stretching innings with two throwing errors.

"Actually, in talking to everybody, he threw pretty well," Renteria said. "Had a couple miscues in the field that were probably limited his outing. He felt good, pain-free, we’re very happy with that. According to the reports, the slider was working very well. He’s on track to come on back.”

His return could boost a rotation that has labored over the past month. In the last 30 games, the starters' ERA is a combined 5.63 with just six quality starts. They also set a franchise record for consecutive games without a quality start, tallying up 13 in a row. 

Renteria didn't level any specific expectations for Rodon, but stretching him out in Charlotte eases the transition. 

“I have to monitor everything he’s doing," Renteria said. "It’d be foolish for me to say I’m not going to be mindful of what he’s gone through. Obviously, we’re very happy that he’s healthy. He’s gotten up to I think 91 pitches yesterday, so we’re not concerned about his pitch count.”

In Triple-A Charlotte rehab starts, Rodon is 0-3 with a 9.22 ERA. He did whiff seven batters Friday, though, for a season high. 

As for Miguel Gonzalez, his timetable for a return is still up in the air, but he will throw a bullpen session Sunday or Monday, according to Renteria.

In the bullpen, Nate Jones got clearance to start throwing on Saturday. Infielder Tyler Saladino was also cleared, but Renteria said the team will "progress slowly" with him. 



Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

On his 24th birthday, Tim Anderson’s present from home plate umpire Jim Wolf was his first major-league ejection.

In the fifth inning of the White Sox 3-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics, Anderson fouled off a pitch that landed in the opposing batter’s box. But A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell picked it up in what was ruled to be fair territory and threw the ball to first for the out.

Anderson pleaded his case saying the ball went foul. Wolf agreed, according to Anderson, which only further confused the White Sox shortstop.

“I told him that was BS,” Anderson said. “And he tossed me.”

Anderson said that he was surprised to be ejected so fast. So was manager Rick Renteria, who was thrown out moments after Anderson.

“I don’t want to get in trouble,” Renteria said. “The players having emotion, they are battling. I just think we need to grow a little thicker skin.”

Anderson said that he was appreciative of his manager coming to his defense.

“He kinda had a point and let me know he had my back,” Anderson said of Renteria. “Speaks a lot of him.”

A day after scoring nine runs on 18 hits, the White Sox failed to generate any offense on Friday. The team’s best chance came in the ninth inning.

But with runners at the corners and two outs, Matt Davidson put a good rip on the ball to center field, only to fly out at the warning track.

Anderson and Renteria were watching the game together in the clubhouse, and both believed the White Sox had tied the ballgame.

“We all jumped up and were excited but it kind of fell short,” Anderson said.