When Gail Fischer asked Mark Buehrle on Friday's edition of Chicago Tribune Live if he ever considered the Cubs during his free agency, the former White Sox starter gave the most politically-correct answer possible.
Buehrle, speaking like someone who grew up a Cardinals fan and played a dozen seasons for the White Sox, then elaborated.
"I had friends and family who pretty much said said 'hey, if you go to the Cubs, I'm gonna boo you every time you pitch, every time you take the mound,'" explained Buehrle. "It's hard to say. Obviously, it would've been one of my first choices, being in Chicago, playing for the White Sox -- I think every White Sox fan would turn to start hating me if I went over to the Cubs side. But never say never, there's a lot of crazy stuff that happens in the game. It would've been tough, but you never know."
That doesn't sound like someone who seriously would've considered overtures from the Cubs.
The entire interview with Buehrle is worth a listen, as in it he explains how tough it is for him and his family to leave Chicago. It's not just about leaving his teammates, it's about leaving ushers, parking attendants and neighbors he's become close with since joining the Sox in 2000.
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.