Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gillaspie said he would be open to playing the outfield next season, at least on a part-time basis, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: Before the 2014 season, it would have been difficult to believe that Gillaspie would hold onto the third base gig all season long. However, his high batting average and Matt Davidson's struggles at Triple-A Charlotte have kept the job in his hands. However, Davidson or Marcus Semien could make a push next spring, so defensive versatility could be an asset for Gillaspie.
News: Quintana (6-10) lost his third straight start Tuesday vs. the Orioles, giving up four runs on eight hits over six innings. He struck out three batters and didn't walk a batter in the outing.
Impact: Quintana deserves a far better fate than the won-loss record would indicate, as his ERA remains a shiny 3.25 (2.84 FIP) on the season, despite three middling outings in a row. With a 21-23 record and sub-3.50 ERA over his 80 career starts, there might not be a pitcher in baseball over the last three seasons who has been more frequently victimized by a lack of run support and his bullpen blowing leads.
News: Abreu clubbed his 32nd homer of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Orioles.
Impact: The long ball was Abreu's first home run of August, while he's also had just seven RBI in the month. Even with the recent power outage, Abreu still ranks in a three-way time with Giancarlo Stanton and Nelson Cruz for the league lead in homers.
News: Sale (10-3) took the loss Monday after giving up three runs on eight hits, including two home runs and striking out eight over six innings against the Orioles.
Impact: J.J. Hardy and Nelson Cruz each took Sale deep in this one. It marks the first time the lefty has allowed two home runs in a game this season. Sale still owns a fantastic 2.12 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 158:26 K:BB ratio in 136 innings. He takes the hill Sunday in New York versus the Yankees.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Dunn's four-year, $40 million contract is up at the end of this season and the slugger hinted Monday there is a possibility he could retire.
Impact: Dunn, who turns 35 in November, has 459 homers and could move way up the all-time list by sticking around a few more years since he's just three away from tying Jose Canseco for 34th place. But he said numbers, even the possibility of hitting 500 homers, won't be a determining factor.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Eaton (oblique) played catch and took light swings Monday, and said he's on track to come off the DL early next week, the Chicago Tribune's Colleen Kane reports.
Impact: Manager Robin Ventura said a couple rehab games will probably be needed before Eaton is activated, but he should be back in late August. Eaton was in the midst of a pretty great season as an on-base/speed guy, hitting .304 with a .370 on-base percentage with 12 steals in 94 games.
News: Gillaspie went 1-for-3 with a grand slam, two runs scored and a walk in Sunday's win over Toronto.
Impact: Gillaspie, hitting .311/.363/.456 on the season, hasn't been enjoying the most productive of months, so Sunday's big day at the plate was most welcome to fantasy owners. After hitting .333 with four homers and 11 RBI in July, Gillaspie is hitting just .255 in August.
Tyler Flowers - #21 - Catcher - 6'4" - 245lbs
News: Flowers is out of the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Impact: Flowers will sit the day game Sunday after going 1-for-14 over the last four games. Adrian Nieto will start behind the plate for the White Sox and bat ninth.
News: Dunn said there is a "really good chance" that he will retire after the 2014 season, but he has not come to a decision yet, the White Sox's official site reports.
Impact: Dunn will be 35 in November, and he likely knows the offseason market will be limited for a mid-30s DH with waning power. His .351 OBP is his best since in four years with the White Sox, but he also appears to be on pace for fewer than 30 home runs for only the third time in his 14-year career.
News: Ramirez went 1-for-4 as the White Sox's leadoff batter Saturday against the Jays.
Impact: Adam Eaton and Alejandro De Aza have typically served as the team's No. 1 batter this year, but Ramirez got a shot with Eaton on the DL and De Aza on the bench.
News: Garcia went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored in the White Sox's loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday.
Impact: Not a bad showing for Garcia, who returned to active duty Saturday and defied the expectation that he would miss the remainder of the season. He immediately slotted into the No. 4 spot of the lineup and started in right field, though he may cede No. 4 to Adam Dunn when the Sox face right-handed pitchers.
Charles Leesman - #61 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 215lbs
News: Leesman was designated for assignment by the White Sox on Saturday, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.
Impact: Leesman made one spot start this season, flailing to the tune of six runs on nine hits and one walk in 2.2 innings. A resident of Triple-A Charlotte otherwise, he'll be subject to waivers and likely land at the affiliate again, if he goes unclaimed.
News: Garcia (shoulder) was activated from the DL on Saturday, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.
Impact: Garcia's long-awaited recovery from a torn labrum in his left shoulder has reached its conclusion. During his 13-game rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte, he handled the opposition well, slashing .340/.377/.460 with one homer and three doubles in 50 at-bats. Expect him to handle right field off the bat.
News: Sierra (back) was placed on the 15-day DL on Saturday, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.
Impact: Removed from Friday's contest due to a sore back, the injury will send Sierra to the pine for a spell. As a corresponding move, Avisail Garcia (shoulder) was activated from the disabled list, which will help shore up an outfield with the ailing Dayan Viciedo (head).
Eric Surkamp - #53 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 220lbs
News: Surkamp was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday, Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com reports.
Impact: The lefty will return to the big club less than a week after being optioned, temporarily replacing Javy Guerra (personal) on the active roster. Surkamp has struggled to the tune of a 7.11 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in 20 appearances this season.
Javy Guerra - #41 - Pitcher - 6'1" - 190lbs
News: Guerra was placed on the bereavement list Saturday, Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com reports.
Impact: Guerra will be forced to miss a minimum of three games following his placement on the bereavement list, and Eric Surkamp will be up to fortify the bullpen in the meantime. While Guerra has given up just three runs in his last 12 appearances, it does not look like he will get a chance to close for the White Sox this season.
News: Dunn has been swinging the bat well lately. He went 3 for 5 with two RBIs in Friday's 11-5 win over Toronto.
Impact: Dunn is 7 for 15 with two home runs and five RBIs in his last four contests.
News: Abreu went 3 for 5 with three RBIs in Friday's 11-5 win over visiting Toronto.
Impact: Abreu had been 8 for 39 with no homers over his previous 11 contests.
News: Chicago placed Sierra on the 15-day disabled list Saturday because of a strained left oblique.
Impact: Sierra exited Friday's 11-5 victory over Toronto with an injury. He is batting .289.
Javy Guerra - #41 - Pitcher - 6'1" - 190lbs
News: The White Sox placed Guerra on the bereavement list Saturday.
Impact: Guerra is 1-3 with a 3.00 ERA in 30 appearances this season for Chicago.
News: The Chicago White Sox have activated Garcia from the 60-day disabled list and placed fellow outfielder Moises Sierra on the 15-day DL because of a strained left oblique.
Impact: Garcia went on the disabled list April 10 for a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Originally considered to be out for the season, Garcia had a successful rehabilitation assignment with Charlotte, hitting .340 in 13 games.
Erik Johnson - #45 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 230lbs
News: Johnson landed on the minor league DL on Saturday due to right shoulder fatigue, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Johnson opened the season on the fantasy radar as the White Sox's No. 4 starter, but five mostly disastrous outings sealed his fate. He's spent the remainder of an up-and-down campaign at Triple-A Charlotte, boasting a 6.92 ERA, 1.885 WHIP, and 27:23 K:BB across 52 innings in his last 10 nods. If he heals up in time, he could be utilized by the big club as a long reliever, but a starting gig is likely out of the question at this point.
News: White Sox manager Robin Ventura said De Aza will likely platoon in left field with Dayan Viciedo with the return of Avisail Garcia, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Impact: If a strict platoon holds up, De Aza would see the larger share of the playing time as the left-handed hitting option. On Saturday, De Aza took a seat and left the corners to Viciedo and Garcia.
News: White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Viciedo will likely platoon in left field with Alejandro De Aza with the return of Avisail Garcia, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Impact: As the right-handed hitting member of a platoon arrangement, Viciedo will fall on the smaller side of the playing time divide if the White Sox stick strictly to matchups. To this point, Viciedo's 2014 numbers against lefties (.733 OPS) are only marginally better than what he's delivered against righties (.677).
News: Viciedo (head) is in the lineup Saturday against the Blue Jays, Chuck Garfien of CSN Chicago reports.
Impact: Viciedo left Friday's contest due to dizziness, which was seemingly a minor concern. Despite the activation of Avisail Garcia from the DL, Viciedo is taking on left field and batting fifth in the order.
News: De Aza is out of the lineup Saturday against the Blue Jays, Chuck Garfien of CSN Chicago reports.
Impact: Despite putting together a five-game hitting streak, De Aza is taking a seat, yielding left field to the recently-activated Avisail Garcia. No matter, De Aza should receive consistent run in the corner outfield as the season continues onward.
News: Abreu went 3-for-5 with three singles, three RBI and two runs scored in Friday's 11-5 win over the Blue Jays.
Impact: Abreu put a stop to one of his weakest stretches of the season with this performance, as the All-Star slugger had hit just .205 (8-for-39) over the previous 11 games. Though he still has just one extra-base hit this month, maybe a night like this will get Abreu going again.
News: Sierra left Friday's game with back soreness, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.
Impact: After replacing Dayan Viciedo (dizziness), Sierra was removed from the game with an ailment of his own. Leury Garcia took over in right field, and Sierra is considered day-to-day.
News: Viciedo was removed from Friday's game with dizziness, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.
Impact: Prior to his departure, Viciedo marched in the White Sox's hit parade on Friday night, finishing 2-for-3 with a run scored and a pair of RBI. For now, he's considered day-to-day.
Hector Noesi - #48 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 205lbs
News: Noesi left his start Friday night after being struck by a grounder, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.
Impact: Prior to his departure, Noesi threw 100 pitches, and held Toronto to five runs on eight hits over five innings Friday night to pick up his seventh win of the season. Noesi largely benefited from Marcus Stroman's inability to finish the first inning, as the White Sox piled up 11 runs in the first three innings. It's unclear if Noesi will be forced to skip a turn in the rotation as a result of the injury he left with Friday night.
News: Garcia (shoulder) could return to the White Sox this weekend, MLB.com's Scott Merkin reports.
Impact: Garcia has played extremely well in his rehab assignment, and it may grant him a chance to get activated off the disabled list this upcoming weekend. With Adam Eaton on the disabled list, the White Sox have been somewhat thin in the outfield, but could receive a boost with Garcia's return.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lindstrom struck out two in a perfect inning during a blowout loss to the Giants on Wednesday.
Impact: Lindstrom's first appearance back from the disabled list was not too challenging, as he came to the mound against the Giants' sixth, seventh and eighth hitters with the White Sox already down by six runs. He should get most of his action in non-save situations for now, as manager Robin Ventura is comfortable with Jake Petricka in that role.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Quintana allowed four runs on four hits and two walks in 6.2 innings of work Wednesday to take his ninth loss of the season.
Impact: Quintana had actually thrown 6.1 scoreless innings to start the game, but the floodgates opened after a controversial call at the plate resulted in a seven-run seventh (four of which were charged to Quintana). Quintana is enjoying the best season of his three-year career (126 ERA+, 3.14 ERA, 21.2 percent K-rate), but it looks like he will fall short of 10 wins yet again thanks to a creaky bullpen and inconsistent offense.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Sale allowed just four hits while striking out 12 in eight scoreless innings of Tuesday's win over San Francisco but didn't earn the decision.
Impact: The Chicago ace has received a total of two runs of support in his last two starts. He's 0-1 in that time with a 1.29 ERA and .146 opponents' batting average.
News: Dunn went 1-for-3 at the plate with two RBI, while slugging his 18th home run of the year Tuesday.
Impact: Its been another feast or famine type of year for Dunn, as he has 18 home runs, 46 RBI an a .779 OPS on the season, but also has 118 strikeouts and a paltry .221 batting average in 326 at-bats.
News: Petricka blew his third save of the year Tuesday, allowing two runs on four hits in just 0.2 innings pitched before being pulled for Zach Putnam in the ninth inning.
Impact: Petricka's outing was a big step back, as he had recorded five saves while allowing just one run in his last ten appearances (spanning 9.1 innings) prior to Tuesday. Let's see if the always indecisive Robin Ventura sticks with Petricka at closer. After all, Petricka does own a fine 2.30 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 58.2 innings pitched.
News: Sale threw an absolute gem Tuesday, pitching eight shut-out innings, allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out 12 batters before seeing his bullpen blow a 2-0 lead in the ninth inning to the Giants.
Impact: Granted he didn't get the win Tuesday, Sale is pitching lights-out once again this year. With a 10-2 record, 2.01 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 150:24 K:BB ratio in 130 innings pitched, Sale is a legitimate candidate for the AL Cy Young Award this year. Sale's next start is scheduled for Sunday at home against the Blue Jays.
News: Manager Robin Ventura said Petricka will remain the White Sox's closer even with Matt Lindstrom (ankle) returning from the disabled list Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Of course, these comments were made before Petricka blew the save against the Giants on Tuesday, but we doubt Ventura would flip his opinion so quickly. The blown save was Petricka's third of the season, but he has only allowed runs in three appearances since late-June.
News: Manager Robin Ventura said Jake Petricka will remain the White Sox's closer even with Lindstrom (ankle) returning from the disabled list Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Of course, Ventura made his comments before Petricka blew his third save of the season against the Giants on Tuesday. However, we doubt he would flip his opinion within a matter of hours. Lindstrom did not pitch on back-to-back days in his rehab at Triple-A Charlotte, so he may yet need some time to take over even a late-inning role.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Garcia (shoulder) should be back in Chicago's lineup in "several days or week or so," according to general manager Rick Hahn, the Chicago Sun-Times' Daryl Van Schouwen reports.
Impact: The White Sox wanted Garcia to get 50 at-bats on his rehab assignment before rejoining the big-league club, and he's about three games shy of that mark as of Tuesday.He's tearing up Triple-A on his rehab assignment, slashing .368/.415/.500 in 41 plate appearances. Look for him to be back in Chicago's lineup some time this weekend.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Viciedo out of the lineup Tuesday.
Impact: He has been Chicago's everyday left fielder for much of the season, and will get a rare day off Tuesday, with Alejandro De Aza sliding over to patrol left.
News: Lindstrom (ankle) will be activated from the disabled list Tuesday, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Lindstrom was roughed up for seven earned runs in 4.2 innings over five rehab games, but the White Sox believe he is healthy enough to return to the big club. Lindstrom was the White Sox's closer when he was injured in May, but given his minor league struggles and Jake Petricka's success as the closer of late, it remains to be seen if he will jump right back into the ninth-inning role.
News: Quintana will move up in the White Sox's rotation and will make his next start Wednesday in San Francisco, MLB.com's Scott Merkin reports.
Impact: Quintana was originally slated to pitch Friday at home against the Blue Jays, but he will now go a couple days earlier and still pitch on normal rest. Quintana will still get just one start this week, but moving up a couple days means he will likely throw twice in the next scoring period.
Eric Surkamp - #53 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 220lbs
News: Surkamp was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte following Sunday's game, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: Surkamp pitched three of the last four days and owns a 7.11 ERA with the White Sox this season, so the club decided to send him down to open a roster spot. It remains to be seen who will be called up to take Surkamp's place.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Eaton has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the ChiSox.
Impact: Eaton has a strained right oblique. He was enjoying a terrific fantasy season with a .304 average and 55 runs scored.
News: Petricka logged his eighth save by tossing a scoreless inning at Seattle on Saturday night.
Impact: Petricka (eights saves, 2.02 ERA) had done a solid job since taking over as the closer on the south side of Chicago. He allowed a one-out single to Logan Morrison but induced Chris Miller to ground into a double play to end it. Petricka figures to soon face competition for his job from Zach Putnam and Matt Lindstrom (ankle), so he needs to stay sharp.
Hector Noesi - #48 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 205lbs
News: Noesi allowed an unearned run on five hits, while walking one and striking out four over 7.1 innings, but came away with a no decision against Seattle on Saturday night.
Impact: After struggling in July (5.50 ERA), Noesi has now turned in back-to-back strong performances. His season has been one filled with inconsistency, so he remains a risky play in his next start at home against Toronto.
News: Lindstrom (ankle) struck out one during a scoreless inning at Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday.
Impact: The White Sox are expected to bring Lindstrom back to the big league roster within the next week or so, but it's unclear if he'll immediately enter the ninth-inning mix or be utilized in middle relief. The latter role seems more likely until he shows that he's completely healthy again.
Jordan Danks - #20 - Center Field - 6'4" - 215lbs
News: Danks will get the start in center field Sunday, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Danks was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday and will likely spend a couple weeks with the White Sox in part due to the move of Adam Eaton (oblique) to the 15-day disabled list. The 28-year-old Danks has one home run, five runs batted in, and four runs scored in 29 MLB games this season, but that comes with a batting average of .098.
News: Gillaspie is out of the lineup Saturday against the Mariners.
Impact: Gillaspie will take a seat Saturday with the left-handed James Paxton on the mound. Leury Garcia is starting in his place and leading off for the White Sox.
News: Dunn is out of the lineup Saturday against the Mariners.
Impact: Dunn will sit Saturday with the left-handed James Paxton on the mound. Paul Konerko is manning first base and batting sixth, while Jose Abreu takes a day off from the field in order to DH.
Jordan Danks - #20 - Center Field - 6'4" - 215lbs
News: Danks was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Danks has split his time between the White Sox and Triple-A Charlotte this season, with this most recent move coming because Adam Eaton (oblique) moved to the 15-day disabled list. The newly instated Danks may have a hard time staying with Chicago when Eaton returns from the disabled list, creating a short window of opportunity for the 28-year-old.
News: Eaton (oblique) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, MLB.com's Scott Merkin reports.
Impact: Eaton left Friday's game with soreness in his rib cage, which was ultimately deemed to be to his oblique and result in a stay on the disabled list. The 25-year-old outfielder won't be eligible to suit up for the White Sox again until Aug. 24.
News: Viciedo hit his 16th homer of the season Friday against the Mariners, as he went 1-for-4 with a run scored and one RBI.
Impact: The home run by Viciedo was the only run that the White Sox could provide for starter Jose Quintana. Viciedo (.239/.285/.412) remains a good source of power, but his inconsistencies with the bat and low batting average in general keep him from taking the next step as a player.
News: Quintana (6-8) picked up the loss Friday facing the Mariners as he gave up four runs (two earned) on seven hits in 5.2 innings pitched, while striking out four hitters.
Impact: It wasn't a horrible outing by any means for Quintana, but he did miss a quality start by just one out. Since June 19, he's put together an amazing run in which he allowed only two earned runs or less in nine of 10 starts. He needs to cut down on the walks to take the next step in his development.
News: Eaton left Friday's game with soreness in his rib cage, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The injury removed Eaton from the game after his first at-bat Friday night. It's unclear if the ailment is directly related to the lower back issue that sidelined him Thursday, but Eaton is once again day-to-day.
News: Eaton left Friday's game after his at-bat in the first inning with an undisclosed injury.
Impact: Leury Garcia replaced Eaton in center field, while it's reasonable to think that Eaton suffered a setback with the lower back injury that sidelined him early this week.
News: Eaton (back) is back in the lineup Friday, batting leadoff against the Mariners.
Impact: He crashed into an outfield wall Wednesday, which forced him to miss Thursday's game, but he's demonstrating his toughness getting back in the lineup Friday. While he's not hit for much pop, his .305 average and .371 OBP make him useful in all formats.
Zach Putnam - #57 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 225lbs
News: Putnam (shoulder) was reinstated from the 15-day DL Friday.
Impact: In 33 appearances out of the bullpen this season, Putnam has a 2.35 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP, while notching three saves. Jacob Petricka appears to have the closer job right now, but if he stumbles down the stretch, Putnam could be an option for a couple save opportunities.
Paul Konerko - #14 - First Base - 6'2" - 220lbs
News: Konerko went 0-for-3 with a walk in Thursday's loss to Seattle.
Impact: With a limited role, Konerko has done very little in what is almost certainly his final season as a big league player, hitting .236/.278/.376 while making 36 starts. Look for him to see a start or two per week during the remaining weeks of the season, perhaps with an uptick in playing time when the White Sox close out their home schedule in September.
Andre Rienzo - #64 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 190lbs
News: Rienzo was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte following Thursday night's game, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Rienzo appeared four times since his most recent call-up, but allowed two or more earned runs in all but one of those appearances. With Zach Putnam (shoulder) slated for a Friday activation, the White Sox needed to free up a roster spot, and the struggling reliever was deemed expendable.
News: Garcia (shoulder) played right field for Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday, the White Sox's official site reports.
Impact: Garcia spent the first few days of his rehab serving as the Knights' DH, but he finally moved to the field and had to test out his throwing arm Thursday. By all accounts, there were no concerns about his play in the field, and his rehab continues to astound the initial projection. He should be in the White Sox's lineup in less than two weeks.
News: Lindstrom (ankle) should be activated from the disabled list "within a week," Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Lindstom has appeared in three minor league games since July 31, allowing three earned runs on five hits over three innings. His most recent performance looked more promising, as he didn't allow a baserunner and struck out one in a scoreless frame. If he can do this for another appearance or two in the minors, he should be back with the White Sox by early next week. He'll be eased into action, likely serving in middle relief to start.
Zach Putnam - #57 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 225lbs
News: Putnam (shoulder) is expected to be activated by the White Sox on Friday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun Times reports.
Impact: Putnam is currently with the team in Seattle, and barring any unforeseen circumstances, he'll rejoin the bullpen Friday night. A corresponding roster move has yet to be announced.
News: Eaton (back) is out of Thursday's lineup against the Mariners.
Impact: While Eaton is out of the lineup Thursday, he did lobby to play before the game and is expected to be back Friday. Leury Garcia is starting in center field and leading off for the White Sox in his place.
News: Dunn is out of the lineup Thursday against the Mariners.
Impact: Dunn will sit on the bench after three straight hitless outings in the series against the Rangers. Paul Konerko will start at designated hitter in his place and bat fifth for the White Sox.
News: De Aza is out of the lineup Thursday against the Mariners.
Impact: De Aza rejoined the lineup Wednesday after dealing with the a knee issue but is out of it again Thursday, likely due to the same injury. Dayan Viciedo will slide over and play left field for the White Sox while Moises Sierra is in the lineup in right and Leury Garcia is in center field.
News: Garcia (shoulder) could return to the White Sox by the end of August, ESPN Chicago reports. When asked about the situation, manager Robin Ventura said, "It's possible. You look at what he's doing right now, where he's at, you don't want any setbacks. But if there are no setbacks, if he's available and ready to play, you'd like to have him."
Impact: Garcia was hit by a pitch in the upper arm Sunday, but the eventual diagnosis revealed a bruised triceps, which resulted in a single absence. In his return Tuesday at Triple-A Charlotte, he kept up his hitting ways, powering his first extra-base hit, a solo homer, during his rehab assignment. Overall, he's 8-for-15 with one RBI and four runs scored, evidence that his stance hasn't been affected by April shoulder surgery.
News: Eaton left Wednesday's contest due to a bruised lower back, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: After running into the chain-link fence in U.S. Cellular Field while tracking an Adam Rosales homer, Eaton was clearly on pain while laying on the warning track. The severity of the injury is unknown, but missing a handful of games certainly isn't out of the question, despite a negative X-ray. Following Eaton's removal, Leury Garcia was handed the first shot to handle center field.
Wed. Aug 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Eaton was back in the ChiSox starting lineup Friday.
Impact: Eaton left Wednesday's game against the Texas Rangers in the second inning after running into the right-center field fence at U.S. Cellular Field.
News: Eaton (lower back) is unlikely to play in Thursday's game, the Chicago Sun-Times' Daryl Van Schouwen reports.
Impact: The team will reevaluate Eaton after the long flight to Seattle on Wednesday, but in addition to his lower back issue, he seemed a little woozy on Wednesday. Leury Garcia would be an option to start over Eaton in center field if Eaton can't go Thursday, but owners should keep tabs on Eaton leading up to first pitch.
News: Sale struck out nine and walked two while giving up two runs on three hits over six innings in a losing effort Wednesday afternoon against the Rangers.
Impact: Nick Tepesch and the Rangers' bullpen kept the White Sox's offense at bay, costing Sale owners an opportunity to pick up a victory in a favorable matchup Wednesday. He'll face the Giants on the road in San Francisco in his next scheduled start Tuesday.
News: Eaton (undisclosed) was removed from Wednesday's game versus the Rangers after running into the outfield chain-link fence, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.
Impact: While tracking an Adam Rosales home run, Eaton lost his place in the field and ran full bore into the fence, remaining on the ground for approximately a minute before walking off the field. No specific injury has been relayed, but consider him day-to-day for the time being. In his place, Leury Garcia entered to cover center field.
News: De Aza (knee) is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Rangers, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: De Aza exited Monday's game with the knee injury and missed Tuesday's contest as a result. He will test out the injury Wednesday, as he is playing left field and batting eighth against the Rangers.
John Danks - #50 - Pitcher - 6'1" - 210lbs
News: Danks pitched just 4.2 innings, allowing nine runs on eight hits (including four home runs) and five walks while striking out five batters in picking up his seventh loss (9-7) of the year in Tuesday's loss to the Rangers.
Impact: Danks has been mired in a terrible slump of late. He has allowed 24 runs in his last four starts (spanning 23 innings) and has seen his ERA jump from 3.99 to 4.93 in the process. Couple that with an ugly 1.47 WHIP and 99:55 K:BB ratio and Danks is hard pitcher to trust these days. He will look to turn it around in his next start, which is set for Sunday on the road against the Mariners.
News: De Aza was scratched from the lineup against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night because of a bruised left knee.
Impact: De Aza had been expected to play before he complained of soreness in the pregame warmup. His status was listed day to day.
News: De Aza (knee) isn't in the lineup Tuesday versus the Rangers, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.
Impact: Removed from Monday's game after fouling a ball off his left knee, De Aza should be considered day-to-day. In his place, Dayan Viciedo is covering left field and batting fifth in the order.
Gordon Beckham - #15 - Second Base - 6'0" - 185lbs
News: Beckham isn't in the lineup Tuesday against the Rangers.
Impact: Beckham put together a span of hits in eight of nine games since the break, but a combined 1-for-25 stretch has bookended the mini-surge. Thus, his second-half line (.167/.171/.242 in 66 at-bats) leaves much to be desired, as Leury Garcia covers second base in his place Tuesday.
News: Eaton continued his torrid stretch Monday, going 2 for 2 in a 5-3 win over Texas.
Impact: Eaton is a scorching 32 for 66 over his last 16 games with 13 runs scored. He's batting .309 with 55 runs in 91 games this season.
News: Abreu was 2 for 3 with two RBIs in a 5-3 win over Texas on Monday.
Impact: Abreu is 36 for 86 (.419) over his last 22 games with 15 extra-base hits and 17 RBIs.
Taylor Thompson - #60 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 225lbs
News: Thompson was optioned to the minors on Sunday after Chicago relievers gave up 15 runs and 18 hits in just four innings of a 16-3 loss to Minnesota.
Impact: The Chicago White Sox have promoted right-handed reliever Maikel Cleto from Triple-A Charlotte and added him to a battered bullpen. The White Sox purchased Cleto's contract before Monday night's game against Texas.
Maikel Cleto - #39 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 235lbs
News: The Chicago White Sox have promoted Cleto from Triple-A Charlotte and added him to a battered bullpen.
Impact: The White Sox purchased Cleto's contract before Monday night's game against Texas. The 25-year-old Cleto was 3-0 with 5.91 ERA at Charlotte. He began the season with the White Sox and had a 5.14 ERA in 13 appearances.
News: Ramirez was 2 for 3 with a double in a 16-3 loss to the Twins on Sunday.
Impact: Ramirez has turned in eight multihit performances over his last 12 games while driving in 14 runs.
News: Quintana didn't factor into the decision of Sunday's 16-3 loss to Minnesota, allowing only an unearned run over five innings before the bullpen imploded.
Impact: Quintana owns a 1.69 ERA over his last nine starts.
News: Ramirez had a solo homer and an RBI single in an 8-6 loss to Minnesota on Saturday night.
Impact: The Chicago White Sox shortstop had two hits for the third straight game and for the seventh time in 11 contests. He's hitting .347 (17 for 49) with three doubles, three homers and 13 RBIs in those past 11 games.
News: Eaton had four more hits - three doubles and a single - in an 8-6 loss to Minnesota on Saturday night.
Impact: Eaton, now 12th in the AL with a .306 average, is batting .466 with five doubles, a triple and eight RBIs in his last 17 games.
News: Abreu's hitting streak ended at 21 games, longest in the AL this season, in an 8-6 loss to Minnesota on Saturday night.
Impact: The Chicago White Sox slugger went 0 for 3 with two walks, one of them intentional. The Cuban rookie, who leads the majors with 31 home runs, had reached base in 10 straight plate appearances before he popped up in the first inning. He batted .429 with four homers and 15 RBIs during his streak and has batted safely in 39 of his last 41 contests.
News: Sale wasn't himself Friday.
Impact: The fantasy stud gave up five runs in six innings with seven strikeouts. He faces the Rangers next.
News: The red-hot Eaton was 2 for 4 on Friday.
Impact: He is 17 for 38 during the Sox's 6-2 tear.
Tyler Flowers - #21 - Catcher - 6'4" - 245lbs
News: Flowers was 2 for 4 with a homer Friday.
Impact: Flowers was also sloppy behind the plate with a passed ball.
News: Abreu reached base five times while extending his hitting streak to 21 games Friday.
Impact: Abreu had three singles, scored twice and drove in a run. He also walked and was hit by a pitch. The 21-game hitting streak is the longest by a White Sox player since Carlos Lee's club-record run of 28 in 2004. Abreu has reached base in 10 straight plate appearances. No White Sox player has done that since Frank Thomas set a team mark of 15 in 1997.
Fri. Aug 1, 2014 | STATS
News: Abreu went 3 for 3 and walked twice in Thursday's 7-4 win at Detroit.
Impact: Abreu raised his average to .305, the highest it's been since the first week of the season. He's hit safely in 20 straight, going 33 for 81 (.407).
Thu. July 31, 2014 | STATS
News: Abreu singled in the seventh inning Wednesday night and extended his hit streak to 19 games in a 7-2 loss to Detroit.
Impact: Abreu is batting .385 (30 for 78) with nine doubles, four homers and 14 RBIs during his run. He has hit safely in 37 of his last 38 games.