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.
Dane Dunning has been nothing but consistent since joining the White Sox organization in the Adam Eaton trade before the 2017 season.
He has performed well at three different levels in the minor leagues and has stayed healthy. That second part is currently in question after he left a start for Double-A Birmingham on Saturday with elbow soreness.
Dunning left in the fourth inning in what was developing into one of his worst starts of the season. He had four strikeouts, but also walked four and gave up two runs (one earned). The four walks matched a season high.
Here is how things went down on his final pitch:
It's too early for a full diagnosis, but Dunning is expected to have an MRI in the next few days. White Sox manager Rick Renteria talked about Dunning's injury before Sunday's game against the Athletics.
"I think everybody considered it a very moderate strain," Renteria said. "Nobody is at this point too concerned. They still have to re-evaluate more. We won’t know more until they get further evaluation and at that point everybody will know where he’s at. Right now he still has to be re-evaluated."
Dunning, 23, began the season at Single-A Winston-Salem where he posted a 2.59 ERA in four starts with 31 strikeouts against three walks in 24 1/3 innings. The Florida product then was promoted to Birmingham where he has a 2.76 ERA. In 11 starts with the Barons, Dunning has 69 strikeouts and 23 walks in 62 innings.
Dunning is one of the top pitching prospects in the White Sox farm system along with Michael Kopech and Alec Hansen.
Chris Kuc contributed to this report.
Tim Anderson turned 24 on Saturday and celebrated the occasion with a bang.
Anderson smashed a three-run home run in the first inning against the A's. It was actually his first swing on his birthday. Anderson took the first two pitches before launching the 1-1 pitch over the right field fence.
That home run, Anderson's 13th of the year, gave the White Sox a 5-0 lead. Things took an ugly turn later in the game with Oakland winning 7-6. Dylan Covey left in the fifth with a hip injury, which manager Rick Renteria said will be evaluated tomorrow to determine the severity of the injury.
Anderson finished 2-for-4 on his birthday. He later added a single, a stolen base and a run in the sixth inning.
Anderon's power surge this year has him on pace to blow past his 17 homers from a year ago. He is four shy of last year's total and has done so in just under half as many plate appearances.