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CSN welcomes Dan Hayes as our White Sox Insider

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CSN welcomes Dan Hayes as our White Sox Insider

We're thrilled to announce Dan Hayes, who covered the San Diego Padres beat for the last six years, is joining CSN Chicago as our new White Sox Insider, covering all things South Side beginning with tonight's matchup against Milwaukee. You can follow Dan on twitter @DanHayesCSN.

Hayes did an excellent job covering the Padres and San Diego State men's basketball for the North County Times in San Diego and joins our team with excellent credentials. Along with Chuck Garfien, Bill Melton, Frank Thomas and myself, Hayes will provide cross-platform coverage of the White Sox on CSNChicago.com's White Sox Talk franchise as well as White Sox Pregame Live, SportsNet Central, Chicago Tribune Live and web features such as the BMO-Harris Look Ahead.

We're excited to see what Dan will do with the Insider position, although we're sure it'll be good things.

White Sox reportedly calling up top catching prospect Zack Collins

White Sox reportedly calling up top catching prospect Zack Collins

The next big piece of the White Sox rebuild is reportedly on his way to Chicago.

According to Andy Slater of 640 The Hurricane, the White Sox are calling up catcher Zack Collins from Triple-A Charlotte. The team has yet to confirm the report.

The White Sox drafted Collins 10th overall in the 2016 MLB Draft out of University of Miami. Collins, 24, is the White Sox No. 11 prospect, according to MLB.com.

Collins' promotion indicates that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo could be headed to the 10-day injured list. Both Castillo and third baseman Yoán Moncada exited Sunday's game against the Yankees due to back tightness.

Collins reached Triple-A for the first time this season. In 50 games, he holds an impressive .250/.374/.482 slashline, hitting nine home runs in 164 at-bats.

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Yoan Moncada continues battle with back issues

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Yoan Moncada continues battle with back issues

Yoan Moncada's battle with his back issues might not be as over as we thought.

The third baseman made his return to the White Sox starting lineup Sunday following a four-game layoff due to a mild back strain. But his return didn't last long. After a fourth-inning strikeout in his second plate appearance of the 10-3 loss to the visiting New York Yankees, Moncada was removed from the game with what the team announced as upper back tightness.

Moncada is described as day to day. The White Sox have an off day Monday ahead of the start of a two-game Crosstown series at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night.

"He's doing good. I think I'm not the only one who noticed his grimace in the swing. It made no sense to continue to expose him to that," manager Rick Renteria said after Sunday's game. "All indications are he should be ready to go on Tuesday.

"Didn't seem to put him in any predicament. Hopefully it didn't set him back. All indications are that hopefully he'll be back on Tuesday."

Moncada was removed from Monday's game against the Washington Nationals with what was initially described as back spasms. Renteria updated the verbiage to a back strain in the following days. Moncada missed Tuesday's game against the Nationals, went through a Wednesday off day and then missed the first three games of the four-game weekend set with the Yankees. His return lasted all of four innings Sunday before he was taken out again.

"Just watching the swing, watching the finish, which is what I was concerned with, getting through the ball. He's ready to get through the ball, it's just the finish. He's feeling a little something there," Renteria said. "You can't replicate it in any drill work. We've tried to do it. Everything he did was good. All the work he did was good.

"Everything we tried to do to replicate it, it wasn't existent until you get into the game, then you know. That's why I think it was a good — I don't know if you want to call it a test, but it was a test. We wanted to see where he was at. Didn't make any sense to continue to push him. Get him ready and calm it down and get him ready for the series against the North Siders."

Moncada wasn't the only White Sox hitter removed from Sunday's game. Welington Castillo, who was the designated hitter, was taken out with what the team announced as lower back tightness. Renteria confirmed after the game that Castillo's injury came on his swing in the second inning, a line drive off the center-field wall that ended up as only a single. Castillo will be reevaluated during the off day Monday.

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