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Sick bay: Danks on track for at least one rehab start

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Sick bay: Danks on track for at least one rehab start

John Danks threw a side session prior to Saturday's matchup with Houston that went well, according to White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper.

The lefty, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder soreness May 24 and hasn't started since May 19, is slated to make a rehab start with Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday in Columbus.

"Things seem to be going well," Cooper said. "Head trainer Herm Schneider got him on the mend, and now it's getting him back into pitching shape and now he's going to get out and throw in a game."

The Sox had Danks go through a game routine on Wednesday, having him warm up and throw two innings in the bullpen. He cleared that hurdle and the one on Saturday, so the next step is at least one rehab start in the minors. Both Cooper and Robin Ventura said that could be extended to two starts in the minors before he returns.

Brent Morel's status is less clear. The third baseman pulled himself out of a minor league game on Thursday after re-aggravating his back injury and was in Chicago yesterday for further tests. Ventura is hopeful the Sox can finally get to the bottom of Morel's back issues with this latest round of examinations.

Ventura added there's no chance Dayan Viciedo will be moved back to third base any time soon, noting the Sox have options at the hot corner. It doesn't help that Viciedo himself is in the infirmary with a pair of tight hamstrings.

Viciedo says he's ready to pinch-hit on Saturday, although Ventura would rather give him the day off after he pulled himself out of Friday's game.

"We got a long way to go, and I don't want to push it for him to go out there," Ventura said, adding that it's a nice chance for Jordan Danks to get a start. "If a guy feels he needs to pull himself out, I don't necessarily want to put him right back in there the next night if he feels it's bad enough to come out the night before."

Viciedo similarly doesn't want to take the chance of aggravating his injury further.

"Theres one thats tighter than other," Viciedo said through a translator, noting his left hamstring is the tighter of the two. "They both are tight, but its something that Im working through it right now, just being cautious. Its something that I dont want to risk anything."

White Sox Talk Podcast: Class A manager Justin Jirschele, youngest manager in professional baseball

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Class A manager Justin Jirschele, youngest manager in professional baseball

27-year-old Justin Jirschele made quite an impression in his first season as manager of the White Sox Class-A affiliate in Kannapolis. He helped lead the Intimidators to the South Atlantic League championship, and was named White Sox Minor League Coach of the Year. Jirschele came on the podcast to speak with Chuck Garfien about how he went from playing minor league baseball with the White Sox to coaching in their system. He talks about how growing up with a dad who was coaching minor league baseball helped mold him as a manager who is wise beyond his years. Jirschele also gives a report on some of the top White Sox prospects he managed last season such as Jake Burger, Alec Hansen, Dane Dunning and Miker Adolfo.

After baseball punishes Braves, one ranker says White Sox have game's best farm system

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After baseball punishes Braves, one ranker says White Sox have game's best farm system

The White Sox farm system is baseball's best, according to one of the people making those rankings.

In the wake of Major League Baseball's punishment of the Atlanta Braves for breaking rules regarding the signing of international players — which included the removal of 12 illegally signed prospects from the Braves' organization — MLB.com's Jim Callis tweeted out his updated top 10, and the White Sox are back in first place.

Now obviously there are circumstances that weakened the Braves' system, allowing the White Sox to look stronger by comparison. But this is still an impressive thing considering that three of the White Sox highest-rated prospects from the past year are now full-time big leaguers.

Yoan Moncada used to be baseball's No. 1 prospect, and pitchers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez weren't too far behind. That trio helped bolster the highly ranked White Sox system. Without them, despite plenty of other highly touted prospects, common sense would say that the White Sox would slide down the rankings.

But the White Sox still being capable of having baseball's top-ranked system is a testament to the organizational depth Rick Hahn has built in such a short period of time.

While prospect rankings are sure to be refreshed throughout the offseason, here's how MLB Pipeline's rankings look right now in regards to the White Sox:

4. Eloy Jimenez
9. Michael Kopech
22. Luis Robert
39. Blake Rutherford
57. Dylan Cease
90. Alec Hansen