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Peavy gives up six in loss to A's

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Peavy gives up six in loss to A's

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Jake Peavy was roughed up again in his second spring start for the Chicago White Sox. He even crossed up a sign with catcher Tyler Flowers on a pitch that Brandon Allen hit for a two-run single.At least his confidence is still intact."No doubt in my mind that if I'm healthy I will get people out," he said. "There is no chance I will give that up after a rough spring training start."Peavy left with one out in the third and was charged with six runs and eight hits in a 9-4 to the Oakland Athletics on Monday."It's early. I've got five, six more of these to get better," he said. "We all have to get better. I certainly will. You want results, you don't want to walk out there and give up runs and hits."Peavy made his spring debut against Milwaukee on Wednesday and surrendered three runs and four hits over two innings in a 10-6 loss. The 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner threw more breaking balls in this outing."I threw a lot of breaking balls, some good and some not so good," he said. "Just had a hard time commanding the outer half of the plate."Peavy said he has to work on his tempo. Injuries limited him to 19 games last season.Collin Cowgill went 3 for 3 with three RBIs for Oakland, which finished with 15 hits. Tyson Ross allowed three hits in three scoreless innings.A's slugger Daric Barton went 0 for 3 with two walks in his first spring game. Barton, who batted second and served as the designated hitter, is coming back from surgery in September for a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The first baseman has yet to make throws in a game."The velocity in his swings I think is better," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "I think the surgery has really helped him. It's going to take time to get your timing. This is his first time in games other than some swings yesterday, so it will take some time, but he got five at-bats today."Ross, one of five contenders for three spots in Oakland's rotation, struck out two and walked two."I went out there and put up some zeros. In the end, that's always the most important thing," Ross said. "My control wasn't as great as I want it to be at. Just looking at the positives, I went out there three times, hit my pitch limit and was able to pitch out of some jams and ultimately get some ground balls and prevent runs."Alex Rios, Alexei Ramirez and Alejandro De Aza had two hits apiece for Chicago.NOTES: Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes was off Monday but is expected to play Tuesday. Manny Ramirez is expected to be the DH against the Milwaukee Brewers. . White Sox 1B Paul Konerko was back in the lineup after fouling a pitch off his knee Saturday. . The White Sox announced outfield prospect Brandon Short, a non-roster invitee to spring training, underwent surgery to repair a dislocated left shoulder and torn left labrum injured on Thursday. He is expected to miss the season. . Melvin said Travis Schlichting has been impressive. He got the save by throwing 2 1-3 scoreless innings. His ERA is 2.84. .White Sox manager Robin Ventura said he would like to see Dan Johnson at third base. He's a candidate for a bench spot. ... Peavy and the White Sox invited 13 wounded war veterans to spring training on Monday.

White Sox prospect Micker Adolfo sidelined with elbow injuries

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White Sox prospect Micker Adolfo sidelined with elbow injuries

PHOENIX, Ariz. — One of the White Sox prized prospects will be on the shelf for a little while.

Outfielder Micker Adolfo has a sprained UCL in his right elbow and a strained flexor tendon that could require surgery. He could avoid surgery, though he could be sidelined for at least six weeks.

Though he hasn’t received the same high rankings and media attention as fellow outfield prospects Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert, Adolfo is considered a part of the White Sox promising future. He’s said to have the best outfield arm in the White Sox system.

Adolfo had a breakout season in 2017, slashing .264/.331/.453 with 16 homers and 68 RBIs in 112 games with Class A Kannapolis.

Adolfo, along with Jimenez and Robert, has been generating buzz at White Sox camp in Glendale, with a crowd forming whenever the trio takes batting practice. Earlier this week, the three described their conversation dreaming about playing together in the same outfield for a contending White Sox team in the future.

As Cactus League play begins, how many spots are actually up for grabs on the White Sox roster?

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As Cactus League play begins, how many spots are actually up for grabs on the White Sox roster?

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Some teams have it easy, with their 25-man rosters seemingly locked into place before spring training games even start.

The White Sox actually have a lot more locked-down spots than you might think for a rebuilding team, but this spring remains pretty important for a few guys.

The starting rotation figures to be set, with James Shields, Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, Miguel Gonzalez and Carson Fulmer the starting five. Carlos Rodon, of course, owns one of those spots once he returns from injury. But the date of that return remains a mystery.

From this observer’s viewpoint, eight of the everyday nine position players seem to be figured out, too: Welington Castillo behind the plate, Jose Abreu at first base, Yoan Moncada at second base, Tim Anderson at shortstop, Yolmer Sanchez at third base, Nicky Delmonico in left field, Avisail Garcia in right field and Matt Davidson as the designated hitter. More on the omission of a starting center fielder in a bit.

Omar Narvaez would be a logical pick to back up Castillo at catcher, and Tyler Saladino is really the lone reserve infielder with big league experience, not to mention he’s a versatile player that can play anywhere on the infield.

Leury Garcia also figures to be a lock for this 25-man roster. But will he be the everyday center fielder, as he was for a spell last season? He played 51 games in center in 2017 but battled injuries throughout the year. I think Leury Garcia will end up the starting center fielder when the season begins because of his bat. His .270/.316/.423 slash line isn’t going to make anyone do cartwheels, but it’s better than the offensive struggles of Adam Engel, who started 91 games in center in 2017 and slashed .166/.235/.282. Engel would still be a solid inclusion on the bench because of his superb defense, but to create that big a hole in the everyday lineup is tough.

How could that position-player group change? Keep your eyes in center field, where there are a couple other guys who could force their way into a roster spot this spring: Charlie Tilson and Ryan Cordell. Tilson has had a tremendous amount of trouble staying on the field since coming over to the White Sox in a 2016 deadline deal, but that hasn’t dampened the White Sox hopes for him. And Cordell got name-dropped by general manager Rick Hahn during SoxFest, when the GM said he’s received multiple calls about Cordell since acquiring him last summer. Cordell put up good numbers at the Triple-A level prior to a significant injury last year.

But the main battles figure to be in the bullpen. At times this winter, as the White Sox kept adding players to that relief corps mix, that the whole thing seemed wide open. But when you think about it, maybe there are only one or two open spots.

You’d have to think these guys are pretty safe bets to make the team: Juan Minaya, Gregory Infante, Nate Jones, Joakim Soria and Luis Avilan. Though Hector Santiago was just recently acquired on a minor league deal, he’s really the only long man of the group, and he could sub in if there’s an injury to a starting pitcher. That leaves two spots between the group of Aaron Bummer, Danny Farquhar, Jace Fry, Jose Ruiz and Thyago Vieira — not to mention guys signed to minor league deals like Xavier Cedeno, Jeanmar Gomez and Bruce Rondon.

Bummer had a 4.50 ERA in 30 big league games last year. Farquhar had a 4.40 ERA in 15 games. Vieira has gotten attention as a flame-thrower, but he’s got just one big league game under his belt, something that might or might not matter to the rebuilding White Sox. Guys like Gomez, who has 40 career saves including 37 just two years ago, and Rondon, who had multiple shots at the Detroit Tigers’ closing job in the past, could vault themselves into the mix as potential midseason trade candidates.

Then there's the question of which of those guys will be Rick Renteria's closer. Minaya had closing duties after most of the bullpen was traded away last summer. He picked up nine saves and posted a 4.11 ERA in his final 17 appearances of the campaign. Look to Soria, though, a veteran with plenty of closing experience from his days with the Kansas City Royals. If he's given the opportunity to close and succeeds, he could fetch an intriguing return package in a potential deadline deal.

But now it's game time in Arizona.

“The fun part of playing the game of baseball is playing the game of baseball," Renteria said earlier this week. "We prepare. I think they all enjoy what they’re doing in terms of their preparation. They take it seriously, they focus. But ultimately like everything that we do in life, I guess it’s a test. And the games are a test for us on a daily basis. And how we are able to evaluate them and take advantage of the opportunities that we have to see them in a real game situation is certainly helpful for us.”