The White Sox officially kicked off spring training with their first practice under manager Robin Ventura. And as Chuck Garfien reports from Arizona, everything is different.
The early returns on Ventura are positive, Jake Peavy is finally healthy and Chris Sale showed up to camp bulked up -- well, kind of.
Kenny Williams is accepting of whatever his future holds, whether that's accomplishing his goal of winning multiple titles or being shown the door. The quote at the end of Garfien's piece from Williams about what he would do if he was let go is pretty great.
Ventura likes to use the word "obviously," which puts him in the category of "every other manager or coach" in sports.
Could Brent Morel be primed for a breakout season? At the least, there's reason to believe that his September stats could carry over to 2012.
David Kaplan and Chicago Tribune Live debated our All-Chicago Team for 2000-2011, taking specific umbrage with our selection of Geovany Soto over A.J. Pierzysnki. I responded to Kap here, explaining our decision to go with Soto.
One area the in which the White Sox shouldn't be criticized is the way they've handled their closers since the Billy Koch trade. There's been plenty of turnover, yes, but that's a good thing for a few reasons.
Potpourri: Larry at South Side Sox wrote about the Ryan Braun loophole, Jim teased the cover of White Sox Outsider 2012, Austin Jackson's trying to cut down on his strikeouts and a "mistake" forced Bobby Jenks to have life-saving surgery in late December.
With the news that the White Sox will retire Mark Buehrle's jersey this summer, we replay Chuck Garfien's 2011 interview with Buehrle who recalls all the big moments of his White Sox career: the perfect game, no-hitter, World Series save, his first and only home run, sliding on the tarp during rain delays and much, much more.
Also, John Buehrle (Mark's dad) joins Chuck and Ryan McGuffey to talk about the jersey retirement and Buehrle's White Sox career. Chuck and Ryan also share their favorite Buehrle stories.
Check out the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast here:
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- They plan to stay vigilant, but the White Sox say Todd Frazier's left oblique injury isn't severe.
A day after he said Frazier is day to day with what he described as a left oblique strain, manager Rick Renteria said the third baseman has improved.
"He's actually feeling good today, Renteria said. "Our purpose was to hold him back a little bit. Those side issues, muscular issues, oblique issues, they could be a pain in the rear, but it depends on the severity of those types of injuries. Right now it's just a mild soreness, so we're not concerned about it too much."
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Renteria also said outfielder Charlie Tilson has shown some improvement. The hope is Tilson, who is expected to be sidelined for 10 days with a stress reaction in his right foot, could start limited activities on Friday.
Renteria also suggested Carlos Rodon could participate in his first bullpen session shortly. Rodon only began to play catch last Friday and hasn't pitched off the mound yet in camp.
"He feels good and he'll be out there soon," Renteria said. "He's extending and he feels good. He's holding it back a little bit."