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Robin Ventura on Kyle Schwarber: 'It makes you sick to your stomach'

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Robin Ventura on Kyle Schwarber: 'It makes you sick to your stomach'

It was 19 years ago when Robin Ventura fractured his right ankle sliding into home plate during a spring training game, an injury that cost him most of the 1997 season.

Ventura’s injury was gruesome, but ultimately not as serious as the one Cubs catcher/outfielder Kyle Schwarber suffered Thursday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Schwarber tore his ACL and LCL — the same injury suffered by former Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith that has knocked him from being projected to be a consensus top NFL Draft pick to well out of the first round — and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

But from one person who’s dealt with a significant injury to another, Ventura said it “makes you sick to your stomach.”

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Ventura saw the replay of Schwarber’s injury and initially hoped for the best. 

“I just saw it real quick and you saw him get up and walk so you are hoping that was just an ankle sprain like they had said,” Ventura said. “It’s bad news all the way around. You don’t wish that on anybody.”

Ventura returned for 54 games in 1997 but didn’t re-gain his offensive form until 1999. But with advancements in modern medicine, Ventura is optimistic the 23-year-old Schwarber can return to the his promising trajectory sooner rather than later. 

“He has a better chance than I (had),” Ventura said. “I think they do great things with knees and things like that. Mine was different. But I hope he can still catch and do all the stuff that he was, that everybody is expecting him to do in his career.”

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Danny Parkins (670 The Score), Chris Bleck (ESPN 1000) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join David Kaplan on the panel.

Ryan Pace’s offseason begins. Josh Sitton and Jerrell Freeman are gone, but what will he do with Kyle Fuller?

Plus, Rick Hahn joins Kap from Glendale, Ariz., to discuss the state of the White Sox rebuild, how tough it is to keep their best prospects in the minors and why Jose Abreu is so important for his young team?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

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White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

The White Sox three outfield prospects are creating a lot of buzz at spring training.

On this edition of the podcast, Micker Adolfo tells Chuck Garfien about a conversation they all had about one day becoming the starting outfield for the White Sox. Adolfo talks about his longtime friendship with Eloy Jimenez, his impressions of Luis Robert, Luis Basabe and the White Sox future.

But first, it's a conversation with MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez who has great insight on many of the White Sox players: Jimenez, Robert, Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu. He tells an amazing story about why Jimenez decided to sign with the Cubs when he was a teenager, how much Abreu is revered in Cuba and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.