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White Sox rotation juggle could lead to top three vs. Detroit

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White Sox rotation juggle could lead to top three vs. Detroit

CLEVELAND -- It hasn’t been finalized yet but it looks like the Big Three could debut at the Detroit Tigers this weekend.

The White Sox haven’t listed a pitcher for Sunday but have announced Jeff Samardzija for Friday afternoon’s series opener and Chris Sale on Saturday. With two days off this week the White Sox had the option to move their starters around and manager Robin Ventura suggested on Tuesday that Jose Quintana could return on regular rest on Sunday, which means the club would skip Hector Noesi’s start this turn.

“Having the off day you can see (Quintana) making that one,” Ventura said. “Or you could have Noesi come back at that point. There’s a chance to be able to do that. We don’t know which one it’s going to be right now.”

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The White Sox hoped to roll their trio out in Kansas City last week but they won’t be upset to have them against the red-hot Tigers, who won their first six games before losing on Monday. Sale’s injury prevented a debut in the opening series but the White Sox appear to be back at full strength in time for the team’s first trip to Motown.

“I’m always excited to see what that looks like with those guys,” Ventura said. “I don’t care if we split them up like we do on this one. When you have them together it’s pretty nice seeing them back-to-back. You like to see them go as many times as you can whether it’s in the same series or not. That remains to be seen. But again you like to see them back-to-back.”

Jose Abreu has already begun mentoring Luis Robert

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Jose Abreu has already begun mentoring Luis Robert

As the White Sox have added young Cuban stars in the making in Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert, Jose Abreu's long-term role on the team has shifted.

The 31-year-old first baseman has been looked at as something of a mentor for the two young Cubans. He seems to be delivering on that so far.

Abreu picked up Moncada from the airport when he first was called up to the White Sox last July. Now he's helping Robert in the batting cage.

The Cuban trio is expected to play a big part of the White Sox future in the coming years. 

Robert has already stated his goal of making it to the majors this year to join Abreu and Moncada, but that may be an overly ambitious goal. Either way, plenty of eyes will be on him throughout 2018 as he marches towards the White Sox roster and his Cuban teammates.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Tim Anderson opens up about his struggles in 2017 and why he wants White Sox fans "to know the real me."

Anderson dives into his personal tragedy from last season when his best friend was murdered in Alabama. 

He talks with Chuck Garfien about the dark days that happened, how counseling helped him, his new leadership role in 2018, if he'll draw more walks this season, "bringing swag to the South Side" with Yoan Moncada and much more.

Listen to the full White Sox Talk Podcast right here: