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Davidson, Tilson set for spring training after unlucky White Sox debuts

Davidson, Tilson set for spring training after unlucky White Sox debuts

Two of the White Sox players hit by some of the worst luck imaginable have made good progress this winter and should be ready to compete for spots in Rick Renteria's starting lineup when pitchers and catchers report to Camelback Ranch next week. 

Infielder/designated hitter Matt Davidson, who broke a bone in his foot in his White Sox debut last June, and outfielder Charlie Tilson, who tore his hamstring in his major league debut last August, both offered optimistic assessments of their respective recovery processes at SoxFest last month. 

Davidson delivered an RBI single in his second at-bat with the White Sox June 30, which was his first major league appearance since 2013. But at some point while running the bases after that hit, he fractured a bone in his foot, which required surgery and sidelined him for the rest of 2016. 

The White Sox acquired the 25-year-old Davidson from the Arizona Diamondbacks in December of 2013 for right-hander Addison Reed, but the former top 100 prospect struggled in his first two years in the White Sox system. Davidson improved during his third season with Triple-A Charlotte last year, hitting .268/.349/.444 and earning his first promotion to Chicago after 75 games. 

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Davidson will be in White Sox mix at designated hitter in 2017. He had an X-Ray on his foot in late January and said he's been feeling 100 percent since the middle of December. 

Tilson will enter spring training as the favorite to start in center field on Opening Day despite getting just two major league at-bats before suffering that season-ending injury in Detroit. Tilson, who the White Sox acquired for left-hander Zach Duke last July, singled in his first career at-bat and hit .293 with a .346 on-base percentage and 89 stolen bases in five minor league seasons spent in the St. Louis Cardinals' farm system. 

"I like to think a setback is a setup for a comeback," Tilson said. "I tried to harness all that energy and move it toward rehab. I've been progressing really well."

Tim Anderson scratched from White Sox lineup for second-straight game

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Tim Anderson scratched from White Sox lineup for second-straight game

For the second-straight game, White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson was scratched from the team's lineup just a few hours before first pitch.

Anderson was scratched from Saturday's lineup with right wrist soreness, with Jose Rondon getting the start in his place. In the second inning on Friday, Anderson hit a foul ball that deflected off of his bat onto his wrist. Despite the injury, Anderson went 3-for-3 before Rondon pinch-hit for him in the eighth inning.

White Sox manager Rick Renteria said that while Anderson is better than yesterday, he still feels something in his wrist.

“He’s better than he was yesterday, but he felt a little bit, Renteria told reporters before Sunday's game. "We’ll keep treating him up during the game and see if we have to have him available late for some situation. Right now, we just keep making sure he’s dealing with it."

Although Anderson is out of the lineup again, he has not gotten x-rays. He holds a .337/.369/.506 slashline with eight home runs in 46 games this season.

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White Sox promote catcher Seby Zavala from Triple-A Charlotte as Welington Castillo lands on IL

White Sox promote catcher Seby Zavala from Triple-A Charlotte as Welington Castillo lands on IL

The White Sox catching depth will soon be put to the test.

Saturday, the White Sox placed catcher Welington Castillo on seven-day concussion list. In a corresponding move, the team promoted catcher Seby Zavala from Triple-A Charlotte, 

In 26 games this season, Castillo holds a .176/.286/.318 slashline with three home runs in 85 at-bats. He exited Friday's game against the Twins in the eighth inning after taking two foul tips off of his catcher's mask. 

While White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Friday that Castillo didn't go into concussion protocol, the team is likely being precautious due to the nature of the injury. 

Zavala, 25, has yet to appear in the big leagues, though he's played in 360 minor league games since the White Sox selected him in the 12th round of the 2015 MLB Draft. He holds a career slashline of .267/.335/.457 across all minor league levels, reaching Triple-A for the first time last season. 

Zavala's slashline this season is currently below his career averages (.218/.253/.506 in 21 games), but he's hit six home runs in 87 at-bats. Last season, he hit 13 in a combined 380 at-bats between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte.

Although the circumstances of his promotion are not ideal, Zavala is leaving Charlotte on a high-note. In last night's game against the Durham Bulls, he went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run.

With Castillo out, the White Sox will likely lean on James McCann more. In 31 games this season, McCann holds a stellar .333/.373/.523 slashline

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