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Wednesday's White Sox starter remains a mystery

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Wednesday's White Sox starter remains a mystery

BOSTON -- Who will start on Wednesday for the White Sox remains a mystery, but it wont be anyone on the 25-man roster.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura ruled out Gavin Floyd, who is experiencing tendinitis in his right elbowforearm, and said he plans to stick to the original plan where he gives his other starters an extra day of rest.

Ventura announced Jose Quintana will throw against Boston on Thursday with Jake Peavy and Chris Sale at Detroit on Friday and Saturday, respectively. The teams top internal candidate for Wednesdays game is Triple-A pitcher Pedro Hernandez, who was acquired in the December deal which sent Carlos Quentin to the San Diego Padres.

Hernandez is 7-2 with a 2.90 ERA in 14 minor-league appearances (13 starts) this season.

I dont see him pitching here, Ventura said of Floyd. He might throw a little bit, play catch (Tuesday). Well readjust and figure out somebody for Wednesday. Were having talks with Rick (Hahn) and Kenny (Williams) about the best scenario of who thats going to be. You have to make a move whether Gavin goes on the disabled list or not. Its more of how hes feeling. Youre going to have to make a move eventually.

Floyd hopes to avoid a trip to the DL, though he thinks it will be a couple of days before he tests his elbow again.

The right-hander, who is 3-1 with a 1.37 ERA in his last four starts, said he first noticed an issue in his July 7 start against Toronto.

He called the tendonitis a gradual thing and said he experienced soreness in a catch session over the All-Star break and couldnt complete a bullpen session in Kansas City on Friday, which prompted a return to Chicago for an MRI. Floyd said he was most affected when he tried to throw off-speed pitches.

The MRI showed no structural damage, but Floyd expects he wont play catch for several days in an attempt to let the affected area quiet down.

Maybe not tomorrow, maybe the next day, Floyd said. Just give it a little break. Thats the best thing we can do right now throwing-wise. I mean, it feels fine until I put myself in certain positions and twist it and I feel it strongly in that area.

Floyds uncertainty may make general manager Kenny Williams feel stronger about adding at least one pitcher before the July 31 trade deadline. The team is already without John Danks and Philip Humber returns to a rotation featuring three first-year starters on Tuesday.

Several national reports have indicated the White Sox are interested in Milwaukees Zack Greinke and Chicago Cubs starter Ryan Dempster. But Ventura said his focus is solely to fill out the lineup card with the names on the roster.

We talk about different stuff, but for me its whoever is here, Ventura said. Were going to try and win with what we got here. I dont like looking outside to think something else is better. (Kenny is) the one who does all that.

The White Sox just traded for a really intriguing arm

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The White Sox just traded for a really intriguing arm

The White Sox continued their rebuild Thursday by trading for an intriguing young right-handed pitcher.

The South Siders acquired Thyago Vieira from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for international signing bonus pool money.

The 24-year-old Vieira is a Brazilian native and has only made one appearance in the big leagues, striking out a batter in one perfect inning of work in 2017.

While his career minor-league numbers don't jump off the page β€” 14-19 with a 4.58 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 13 saves and 7.4 K/9 in 290.2 innings \β€” Vieira has been reportedly clocked at 104 mph with his fastball and was ranked as the Mariners' No. 8 prospect at the time of the deal. He also held righties to .194 batting average in 2017.

Here's video of Vieira throwing gas:

And this may explain why Vieira was even available:

Control has been an issue throughout his career, as he's walked 4.6 batters per nine innings in the minors. He has improved in that regard over the last few seasons, however, walking only 22 batters in 54 innings across three levels in 2017 and he doled out only one free pass in 5.1 innings in the Arizona Fall League in 2016.

What does this deal mean in the big picture for baseball? How did the Sox pull off a move like this while not having to give up a player in return? 

This may help shed light on the situation from Baseball America's Kyle Glaser:

Either way, the White Sox may have just acquired a guy who could potentially throw his name in the hat for "future closer." Or at the very least, throw his name in the hat for "best name."

Is Avi Time coming to an end on the South Side?

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Is Avi Time coming to an end on the South Side?

After posting career numbers in 2017, Avisail Garcia is already attracting trade suitors this offseason.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle's John Shea, the Oakland A's have interest in acquiring the outfielder, who would fill the team's need for a right-handed bat. 

The buzz should come as no surprise given Garcia produced a slash line of .330/.380/.506 in his breakout campaign, where he was also named the lone representative for the rebuilding Sox at the All-Star Game. 

Now the question centers on whether GM Rick Hahn, whose phone constantly stays buzzing, sees the 26-year-old as a piece for the future or trade bait. Heading into winter meetings, Hahn reiterated that he would listen to deals involving Garcia and Jose Abreu, especially considering the South Siders are likely still a few years away from seriously competing in the American League. 

With Garcia under club control until 2019 and his value at its peak, now may be the ideal time for Hahn to sell high and stockpile even more prospects for the already talent-rich farm system. The A's currently have four players in MLB Pipeline's Top 100

It may be Avi Time in Oakland.