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Dunn, Peavy happy to not participate

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Dunn, Peavy happy to not participate

KANSAS CITY -- Jake Peavy and Adam Dunn didnt show the slightest hint of disappointment even though neither player appeared in Tuesday nights All-Star Game.

Both White Sox veterans were instead elated.

Aside from the final score -- the National League topped the American League 8-0 at Kauffman Stadium -- everything went according to plan for Peavy and Dunn, who preferred to rest rather than play in the exhibition.

Peavy, who arrived in town late Monday night after he attended the funeral of friend Darrel Akerfelds, is set to start here on Saturday night against the Kansas City Royals.

Prior to the game, Peavy, who was added to the All-Star roster on Sunday, spoke with Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux about pitching only in an emergency.

Thats the way we hoped it would work out, Peavy said. Im healthy. Im fine. But being a late add, my preparation, my mindset, to come here, I just wasnt in that mindset. Obviously a long day yesterday. I did get something throwing in and Im excited to go Saturday night.

In the days leading up to the game, Dunn made it clear he would enjoy the exhibition, but also try to rest as much as possible. He promised he wouldnt exert himself in batting practice, nor would he participate in the Home Run Derby in hopes of replenishing his body for the second half.

But Dunn took it a step further Tuesday. One of seven players not used in the contest, Dunn didnt push Texas manager Ron Washington for an at-bat late in the game.

I didnt even bring my bats down, Dunn said. I really could care less. I know it sounds bad. But I know four days will help me and I dont want to go do something stupid. It worked out good. I had fun, great time. Enjoyed it. Wash is awesome.

Peavy last pitched on Friday against Toronto. Hell be working on seven days rest when he pitches against the Royals.

Peavy is 20-9 with a 3.10 ERA in 37 starts when he pitches on six days of rest or more, according to baseball-reference.com.

The must-listen Nicky Delmonico White Sox Talk Podcast

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The must-listen Nicky Delmonico White Sox Talk Podcast

While taking part in the White Sox hitters camp in Glendale, Ariz., Nicky Delmonico joined Chuck Garfien and Ryan McGuffey on the podcast to talk about his impressions of Luis Robert and Eloy Jimenez. But that was only the beginning. 

Delmonico went in-depth about his first major league season, doing hot yoga this winter with Jake Burger, the one White Sox player he expects to have a big season in 2018 (the answer might surprise you), losing a big bet to Tim Anderson.

Plus, Delmonico helps us give away a pair of 3-day passes to Sox Fest and much more.

Listen to the latest White Sox Talk Podcast right here:

Is Luis Robert so good that he'll start the season at Double-A?

Is Luis Robert so good that he'll start the season at Double-A?

Just how good is Luis Robert?

Well, that's the problem. Us on the outside, we don't know exactly.

The White Sox obviously love him, willing to give him big bucks to come play a starring role in the rebuild. Rick Renteria raved about Robert last month at the Winter Meetings, getting White Sox fans all excited by hyping Robert's speed, fielding skills and power.

But as good as the scouting reports sound, is Robert really so good that he'll go from never playing a game in the United States to the higher levels of minor league baseball right away?

That eyebrow-raising possibility was floated Tuesday.

Robert unsurprisingly has plenty of confidence in his own abilities and told The Athletic's James Fegan at the team's hitters' camp in Arizona that his goal is to make it to the big leagues sometime in 2018.

But perhaps the more interesting comment came from Chris Getz, the White Sox director of player development, who said Tuesday that Robert could potentially start the season at either of the White Sox two Class A affiliates, Kannapolis or Winston-Salem, or even at Double-A Birmingham.

Robert is just 20 years old, and he's yet to play a game of minor league baseball in the United States after spending his teenage years playing in Cuba. In fact, his only action since joining the White Sox has been 28 games in the Dominican Summer League. He did fare quite well in that handful of contests, slashing .310/.491/.536 with three homers, 14 RBIs, 12 stolen bases and a sparkling 22-to-23 walk-to-strikeout ratio. But that's not really the point.

The White Sox are in no rush with Robert, or any of their highly touted prospects, for that matter. Not expected to compete for a championship in 2018, there doesn't appear to be any reason to elevate Robert to the highest levels of the minors so quickly without first getting him some experience in the lower levels.

Of course, Getz even mentioning the possibility of Robert starting the season at Birmingham should also show just how good the team thinks Robert is right now. So maybe Robert's major league dream for 2018 isn't as crazy as it sounds?