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James Shields ready to be activated off disabled list

James Shields ready to be activated off disabled list

TORONTO -- James Shields not only got the physical preparation he needed, but he’s confident he received the mental work necessary, too.

The White Sox starter is set to return off a two-month long disabled list stint on Sunday and thinks his three-start rehab assignment has him amply prepared. Shields strained his lat muscle during an April 16 outing. He had a 3.21 ERA in 14 innings at Triple-A and won’t mind if he never hears about the first DL trip of his career ever again. The White Sox will activate Shields off the DL on Sunday morning and make a corresponding move.

“I’m kind of the over the whole DL for the first time thing,” Shields said. “Just excited to get back in action.

“Those guys made me work. It was great. It was good to see. They gave me a lot of work down there. I got tested for sure. I always thought Triple-A wasn’t too much of a difference except for experience and knowledge and that’s about it.

“We got some good work in.”

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The White Sox rotation could use another steady hand after it has endured its share of struggles recently. Including Mike Pelfrey’s start on Saturday, the rotation has produced only five quality starts in its last 25 games.

During that stretch, White Sox starters have a 6.03 ERA.

Coming off a disastrous 2016 campaign, Shields was off to a good start to 2017. Despite walking 10 hitters in 16 2/3 innings, Shields posted a 1.62 ERA with the aid of 16 strikeouts.

“It seemed like he had reinvented himself using his breaking ball a little more, a couple of different speeds with it and throwing it for strikes,” manager Rick Renteria said. “That’s been very helpful to him. But he was commanding the strike zone. I think he was throwing a lot of strikes and he knows how to manage particular situations, who to get to and who not to get to. I think his experience has been invaluable in order for him to kind of get the thing moving this season.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

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White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.  

Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.  

White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

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White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.

Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”

Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.

The White Sox released this statement:

Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.