The White Sox played one of their best games of the season after a pair of duds Monday and Tuesday, beating Baltimore 8-1. Adam Dunn hit a three-run double off lefty Troy Patton, A.J. Pierzynski hit home run No. 4 and Alejandro De Aza hit dinger No. 3, Gordon Beckham had two hits and Jake Peavy struck out eight in seven innings of one-run ball.
Seeing Beckham get two hits -- even if the second of them was a weak infield single -- was good, since he entered Wednesday with just three on the season. Frank Thomas broke down Beckham's swing for us in a frame-by-frame analysis.
Steve Stone hopped on Chicago Tribune Live to discuss the state of the White Sox:
Jim looks at how some problems from 2011 have carried over into 2012 even with a new manager while James weighed in on Ventura as well.
Around the division: Things aren't looking good for Francisco Liriano, Grady Sizemore is slowly working toward a return, Jeanmar Gomez is getting a five-game suspension, Doug Fister had a setback in his recovery and the Royals lost their seventh straight game.
Danny Farquhar is progressing well according to his medical team, the White Sox announced in an update on the pitcher's condition Monday.
Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage when a ruptured aneurysm caused a brain bleed during the sixth inning of Friday's game against the Houston Astros. He is stable but still remains in critical condition while being treated by the neurosurgical team at RUSH University Medical Center.
Farquhar, who had successful surgery Saturday, has use of his extremities and his speaking with doctors and his family.
Here is the full update on Farquhar provided by the White Sox, which includes how fans can send "get well" wishes to the pitcher:
"Danny Farquhar’s medical team reported today that Danny is progressing well following a successful surgery Saturday to address the aneurysm. Farquhar has use of his extremities, is responding appropriately to questions and commands and is speaking to doctors and his family.
"Danny remains in critical, but neurologically stable condition in the ICU unit at RUSH. Farquhar’s wife, Lexie, and family members are present at the hospital as he continues to receive treatment and close monitoring by the neurosurgical team. He is expected to remain in the neurosurgical ICU at RUSH for the next few weeks.
"Fans interested is sending 'Get Well' wishes and letters of support to Farquhar should address mail to him at Guaranteed Rate Field, 333 W 35th Street, Chicago, IL 60616.
"His family and the White Sox organization appreciate all of the messages of support for Danny, and the White Sox also appreciate fans and friends keeping Danny and his family in their thoughts and prayers.
"The White Sox will provide additional updates on Farquhar’s health as appropriate, but the club also asks that everyone continue to respect the privacy of the Farquhar family at this time. Thank you."
If you feel like you've seen a lot of Carson Fulmer lately, you're not wrong.
Fulmer will make his third appearance in six days after the White Sox announced a trio of pitching moves Monday morning.
Miguel Gonzalez was placed on the 10-day disabled list with right rotator cuff inflammation, Chris Beck was brought up from Triple-A Charlotte, and Danny Farquhar — who as of the most recent update was stable but in critical condition after suffering a brain hemorrhage during Friday's game — was transferred from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. For anyone who might have missed it, Gregory Infante was brought up from Triple-A to take Farquhar's roster spot when Farquhar was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday.
It all means that Fulmer, who started the 14-inning marathon last Wednesday in Oakland and pitched in relief Friday to help rest a taxed bullpen, gets the start in the series-opener with the Seattle Mariners on Monday night on the South Side. Fulmer only logged 2.1 innings in those two most recent appearances and threw a combined 70 pitches.
Gonzalez's trip to the DL comes after struggling in his first three starts of the season. He currently has a 12.41 ERA after giving up eight runs in three innings during his last start in Oakland.
Beck, who had a 6.40 ERA in 57 appearances for the White Sox last season, has made two starts in four appearances with Charlotte this season. He has a 2.00 ERA, allowing two earned runs in nine innings.
The White Sox will almost certainly need a new starter in the rotation, most likely for Tuesday's game against the Mariners, though who that will be remains a guessing game at this point. James Shields' turn would normally be up after Fulmer's, though he would be on short rest and, like Fulmer, also made two consecutive appearances in Wednesday's and Friday's games. Hector Santiago is the most logical option. He has plenty of starting experience and pitched just one inning in this weekend's series against the Houston Astros.