White Sox notes: Team silent on Rios waiver reports

White Sox notes: Team silent on Rios waiver reports
August 9, 2013, 12:00 pm
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Jack McCarthy

The destination has been identified for a potential waiver deal involving White Sox outfielder Alex Rios, but details remained unresolved Friday morning.

Published reports indicated the 32-year-old outfielder was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers and that a resolution could come later today.

But White Sox officials had no official comment, and Rios remaining in Chicago is among the options.

Texas is in a virtual tie for first place with Oakland atop the American League West.

Rios, batting .277 with 12 home runs and 55 RBIs, politely declined comment prior to the start of Friday's day-night doubleheader with the Minnesota Twins.

[MORE: Update: Rangers place claim on Rios]

"I'm not talking until something happens," he said in the the White Sox clubhouse.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura said he had no knowledge of any impending resolution.

"Right now, it's not guaranteed that Alex is leaving, he's a good part to have for us, he's a good teammate and he's a good player," Ventura said. "We'll find out at some period of time, but right now he's batting third for us."

In other waiver-wire news, CBSSports.com also reported Friday that White Sox first baseman and designated hitter Adam Dunn had cleared waivers. But there were no further reports of possible interest by other clubs.

Wells claimed; Leesman, Tekotte up from Triple-A

Several transactions did wrap up prior to the start of Friday's doubleheader.

Outfielder Casper Wells, who hit .167 in 38 games, was claimed off waivers by Philadelphia on Thursday.

On Friday the White Sox purchased the contract of left-hander Charlie Leesman from Triple-A Charlotte and also recalled outfielder Blake Tekotte.

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Leesman will make his major league debut in Friday's second game. Tekotte played in 16 games in two previous White Sox appearances.

Leesman, 26, is the fifth left-handed pitcher to start for the White Sox this season and is looking to be the first Sox lefty to win his major league debut as a starter since Mike Bertotti on July 29, 1995, at Baltimore.

He was 3-1 with with nine no-decisions along with a 3.47 ERA over 13 starts at Charlotte.

Danks brothers both in the lineup

The White Sox made a late lineup change, pulling outfielder Dayan Viciedo some 90 minutes prior to the start of Game 1. The team had no immediate reason for the change.

Jordan Danks was slotted in his place, and with John Danks getting the start in Game 1, it marked the first time the White Sox had both Danks playing in the same game.