White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

Barring something unexpected, Eduardo Escobar will be on the White Sox Opening Day roster as the Sox eliminated most of his competition by sending Dan Johnson and Dallas McPherson to minor league camp. Escobar went 0-4 in Tuesday's game, lowering his spring OPS to a measly .974. James has an enjoyable writeup on Escobar, which can be found here.

Speaking of Tuesday's game, Brent Morel and Alejandro De Aza homered as the White Sox downed Cleveland 7-1. More importantly, Zach Stewart allowed one run on three hits with one walk and one strikeout in 5 13 innings, helping his case to land a long relief role in the White Sox bullpen. Coming into the game, Fornelli had Stewart ahead of Axelrod in his pitcher power poll, and that gap was only widened Tuesday.

Of note: Not that it really matters, but hey, the Sox have won eight of their last 11 Cactus League games. Given how bad spring training has been results-wise for the Sox in recent years (and even earlier this month), this little run is in some small way gratifying.

Also gratifying: Looking back at Magglio Ordonez's time with the White Sox. I know his move to Detroit ticked off some people, but the guy did have a really nice career in Chicago.

Around the division: Bruce Chen is going to start for Kansas City on Opening Day, Jim Leyland doesn't care about Brandon Inge's spring stats (maybe, though he should care about Inge's .548 OPS last year), former Indians top prospects Lonnie Chisenhall and Matt LaPorta failed to make the team out of spring training and there's probably some horrible pun to be made about the Twins sending Jeff Manship to the depths of the minors.

Ex-White Sox Jesse Crain hosting charity event featuring Paul Konerko, George Brett

Ex-White Sox Jesse Crain hosting charity event featuring Paul Konerko, George Brett

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Ex-White Sox pitcher Jesse Crain is hosting a local charity golfing event featuring Paul Konerko, Matt Thornton and Hall of Famer George Brett among others.

Crain, who pitched for the White Sox for three seasons and was an All-Star in 2013, and his wife, Becky, recently created the Crain Family Foundation to benefit children. 

The couple is hosting the Swing into Spring event at Top Golf in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Monday night, which is designed to benefit the Tandem Resource Center, Arizona RBI Baseball and Autism Speaks. Crain expects between 25-30 current and former players will participate in the event, which is open to the public.

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"Me and my wife had wanted to start a foundation for a long time with the platform that we'd give back to kids any way possible," Crain said. "We just want to be able to help kids in whatever capacity, whether through medical, hardships or whatever it may be."

Crain, who was at Camelback Ranch on Wednesday, said planning for the event began in October. Though he had wanted to begin a foundation during his playing career, Crain said after planning the event he knows he wouldn't have had the appropriate amount of time while he was an active player.

Among those scheduled to attend are Cody Ross, David Aardsma, Jonny Gomes, Nick Punto, JJ Putz, Brandon Webb, Justin Morneau, Matt Lindstrom, Scott Feldman, Nate Jones, Mark Melancon, Denard Span and Chad Qualls. Crain also hopes to convince a few more current White Sox players. He said reservations for the event or donations can be made through Crainfamilyfoundation.org.

Todd Frazier out with left oblique strain

Todd Frazier out with left oblique strain

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier has been sidelined with what he's describing as a left oblique strain.  

Frazier — who produced a career high 40 home runs and 98 RBIs last season — said he injured himself swinging on Monday. White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Frazier is day-to-day and the club would take advantage of the extra time on the spring training calendar this season.
 
The veteran also said he expects to be cautious with the injury and thorough.

"Just felt a little tightness in my left side," Frazier said. "That's what spring training is for, you've got to just be careful. (Athletic trainer Herm Schneider has) been working with me the past day and a half. I don't feel like it's anything that serious, but we have so much time. Let's take a break, take a few days off and hopefully it keeps getting better and better.

"It's something I've dealt with before. But at the same time, from what I've heard they're not anything to mess with. So let's take a couple days and see how it is after a couple days and go from there."

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The White Sox begin their exhibition season on Saturday with a contest against the Los Angeles Dodgers. But the team's regular season opener isn't for another 5 1/2 weeks, which should give Frazier ample time to rest, rehab and prepare. The White Sox open the 2017 campaign at home on April 3 against the Detroit Tigers. 

"He's been working good," Renteria said. "I just saw him, he's smiling. He's day to day and we'll re-evaluate and see where he's at.

"We'll back him up. We're taking it day to day. We'll see where he's at before I can determine how far back we can push him back."