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Morel feeling better, ready to start rehab assignment

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Morel feeling better, ready to start rehab assignment

By Paul LaTour
CSNChicago.com contributor

With the temperatures soaring into the 90s, not many of the White Sox players took to the field prior to todays series finale against Cleveland at U.S. Cellular Field.

But one of those who did was Brent Morel.

Morel took some infield practice as he continues to recover from the lower back strain that put him on the disabled list.

Im just getting my feet back underneath me, getting my arm back in shape, Morel said. I feel ready to go.

After taking five days to rest, Morel has taken infield practice the past two days and took batting practice in the cage this morning. He said his back is progressing well.

It feels way better, so hopefully it continues to feel like this, Morel said, adding he expects to begin a rehabilitation assignment Wednesday, most likely in Charlotte, home of Chicagos Triple-A affiliate.

Morel was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to May 18, making him eligible to rejoin the Sox next weekend for the Seattle series.

Its no guarantee hell be plugged back into his starting position at third base. Veteran Orlando Hudson has played well at the position in Morels absence.

Hudson is hitting .231 with one RBI in five games. Hell make his fifth straight start at third base today. Hes also been error free in adjusting to a position hes never played at in his major-league career.

White Sox' Luis Robert not feeling pressure of Rookie of the Year hype

White Sox' Luis Robert not feeling pressure of Rookie of the Year hype

Of all the White Sox players this season, the spotlight has shined brightest on Luis Robert, but he says that’s not the reason for his recent five-game slump. In fact, Robert doesn’t even see himself as a new face of the franchise, despite all the hype surrounding his MLB debut and hot start to the season.

“I honestly don’t feel that way,” Robert said via team interpreter Billy Russo. “I just think that I’m the new guy.”

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It’s clear the pressure didn’t affect Robert earlier in the year as he notched at least one hit in his first six games, and racked up 14 hits through 10 games. As the impressive performances at the plate mounted, so did the buzz around the young centerfielder. But Robert insists he doesn’t think about it, even though he’s slashing a lowly .158/.200/.211 over his last five games, and out of the lineup for the first time in his career on Monday.

“I know everyone’s trying to talk about me, about my option for Rookie of the Year and that kind of stuff,” Robert said via Russo. “But for me I just feel like another guy for this team. I don’t feel that pressure, that attention. I know that it’s there, but I don’t think about that.”

So is this mini-slump due to an adjustment in the way pitchers are approaching Robert at the plate? Again, Robert says no.

“Pitchers have been attacking me the same way since the season started. I didn’t have good results the last few days, but I just have to keep working. There’s nothing different that they have done against me. It’s just a matter of results.”

Robert has shown a remarkable ability to adjust to a pitcher’s approach mid-game. Now it’s time to see how he adjusts to a little major league adversity.


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White Sox-Cardinals series, amid COVID-19 outbreak, still scheduled to play

White Sox-Cardinals series, amid COVID-19 outbreak, still scheduled to play

At least one sign points to the St. Louis Cardinals returning to play soon enough to play the White Sox this weekend.

The White Sox announced on Monday that the start time of their Saturday game against the Cardinals had been pushed back from a day game to a night game.

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While that isn’t extraordinarily newsworthy on it’s own, it does indicate that MLB still intends for the Cardinals to travel to Chicago to play the White Sox. St. Louis hasn’t played since July 29, since nine players and seven staff tested positive for COVID-19, according to CBS Sports.

While things can certainly change quickly, if everything remains the same the Cardinals will make up two games against the Detroit Tigers on Aug. 13. The White Sox were previously scheduled to play the Cardinals that day, so they will now have an off day on Aug. 13 and will begin their series against St. Louis on Aug. 14.

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