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Brett Lawrie returns to White Sox but status still undetermined

Brett Lawrie returns to White Sox but status still undetermined

The White Sox still are trying to determine the next step for second baseman Brett Lawrie and his tricky leg injury.

Manager Robin Ventura said Tuesday that Lawrie was being re-evaluated for what originally was diagnosed as a left hamstring injury last month. Lawrie played five games at Double-A Birmingham and didn’t finish the last two after what Ventura described as a quad injury on Aug. 17. Ventura didn’t rule out that Lawrie, who has played 94 games for the White Sox this season, may take an MRI.

“We're still checking him out,” Ventura said. “Not real sure exactly what's going on. He's going to get some tests. He just wasn't feeling right. We've got him back and we'll eventually figure out what's going on with him. I know his leg's not feeling right, his left leg, so we've got to figure that out before he can play. He hasn't played enough to make it through a game so there's something going on there.”

Ventura doesn’t believe the injury will end Lawrie’s season. Lawrie went 5-for-16 on his rehab stint. He was pulled after two at-bats in each game.

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“He's still moving around and playing,” Ventura said. “I wouldn't think so, but I'm not a doctor. I know he'll get checked out and we'll figure that out.”

The White Sox will take more time to determine just what they have in outfielder Avisail Garcia, who returned from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. Ventura is encouraged that Garcia was hitting with more authority before he sustained a sprained right knee on Aug. 9. He had a .774 slugging percentage in an 11-game span before the injury with seven extra-base hits in 34 plate appearances.

Tyler Saladino said Tuesday that his back has started to improve. Saladino said his back locked up. He hasn’t played since Thursday.  

Pitcher Miguel Gonzalez, also on the DL with a right groin strain, has a second bullpen session scheduled for Wednesday. He felt soreness after he threw off the mound on Friday, but reported he felt good after playing catch from 120 feet on Tuesday.

Prospects Zack Burdi, Luis Basabe to begin rehab stints in White Sox minors

Prospects Zack Burdi, Luis Basabe to begin rehab stints in White Sox minors

Tommy John surgeries have knocked out two top White Sox pitching prospects for 2019 (Michael Kopech and Dane Dunning), but one pitching prospect is set to make a notable step in his return from the surgery.

Zack Burdi will join Single-A Kannapolis on a rehab stint on Monday. Burdi had Tommy John surgery in July of 2017. In his first game action since the surgery, he made seven appearances last August with the Arizona League White Sox (rookie level). The Downers Grove native made five more appearances in the Arizona Fall League before being pulled from the league due to “general fatigue.” He talked about his recovery process on an episode of the White Sox Talk Podcast.

In spring training, Burdi was not invited to major league camp and he wasn’t on a minor league roster when the season began. With this news, he is set to hit another milestone in his return. If all goes well in Kannapolis, it is expected that Burdi will join Triple-A Charlotte, where he was in 2017 when he got hurt.

If Burdi can recapture his stuff, which profiled him as a back end of the bullpen pitcher, he could even join the White Sox sometime in 2019. He has to show he is healthy and back to his old self first though. The 24-year-old was taken with the 26th pick in the 2016 draft and is the No. 16 prospect in the system according to MLB Pipeline.

Another prospect will be joining Burdi in Kannapolis on a rehab assignment. Outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe, No. 7 prospect in the system, will also join the Intimidators on Monday. Basabe broke the hamate bone in his left hand during batting practice in spring training. It was initially estimated that he would return in late May, so Basabe appears to be ahead of schedule. The 22-year-old spent the second half of 2019 with Double-A Birmingham and is expected to return there after rehabbing with Kannapolis.

Elsewhere on the White Sox prospect injury watch, Luis Robert left a game on Saturday with soreness in his left hand and is reportedly day-to-day. He was hit by a pitch in the first game of a doubleheader for Single-A Winston-Salem. He made one at-bat in the second game, a leadoff groundout, and then was taken out of the game. He did not play on Sunday.

Robert endured an injury-plagued 2018. He was limited to 50 games, but has been on fire early in 2019. Robert leads the Carolina League in batting average (.475), home runs (6), hits (28), runs (16), on-base percentage (.530) and slugging percentage (.915) and is tied for the league lead in RBIs (18) and stolen bases (7).

 

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Saturday's White Sox-Tigers game postponed due to rain; makeup scheduled for August

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Saturday's White Sox-Tigers game postponed due to rain; makeup scheduled for August

The White Sox and Tigers were likely to start Saturday's game (12:10 p.m. CT) in a rain delay. Instead, the game has been pushed back altogether.

With rain expected all afternoon in Detroit, Saturday's game has been postponed. A makeup is scheduled for Aug. 6 at 12:10 p.m. as part of a split doubleheader. The originally scheduled game will start at 6:10 p.m. CT.

According to a press release, all paid tickets from Saturday's game will be valid for the first game of the doubleheader.

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