Reason No. 1 why spring training needs to start: Hopefully it'll get Ozzie Guillen out of the news in Chicago.
But for the next few weeks, Ozzie will continue to linger in headlines, for better or for worse. On Friday, the Waddle & Silvy Show reported that he and his coaching staff knew Adam Dunn had some major issues with his swing a few days into spring training.
"I looked at his swing and I told bench coach Joey Cora going home, 'We've got a big problem,' " Guillen said.
So that begs this question: Why, if Guillen realized Dunn was in for a rough year, did he send him to the plate 496 times, nearly qualifying him to have the worst offensive season of all time? Why didn't Guillen, as Robin Ventura put it, just point to the bench and sit Dunn down?
And, as I've seen some asking on twitter, why can't Guillen just go away and enjoy Miami?
Here's your daily update on what the White Sox highly touted prospects are doing in the minor leagues.
Eloy Jimenez hit his eighth home run of the season in a 7-3 loss. Zack Collins and Matt Rose each had a hit, a walk and a run scored. Ian Clarkin gave up five runs and walked five in his five innings. Seby Zavala, who leads the Southern League with 10 homers, went on the disabled list with a wrist injury.
Jordan Stephens had a good second outing at the Triple-A level, allowing just one earned run in his 6.1 innings. He allowed five hits and walked two, striking out four batters. In his two starts with Charlotte, he's got a 2.19 ERA with three earned runs allowed in 12.1 innings. Charlie Tilson doubled in the 12-6 win. Thyago Vieira gave up two runs in his lone inning of work, and his ERA stands at 5.85 on the season.
Class A Winston-Salem
The bats seem to have gone a tad cold for the Dash, who suffered a 4-1 loss. The top five hitters in the lineup — Joel Booker, Alex Call, Blake Rutherford, Micker Adolfo and Gavin Sheets — combined to go 2-for-18.
Class A Kannapolis
Lincoln Henzman gave up four earned runs in five innings, allowing a pair of home runs. Luis Gonzalez and Evan Skoug each had a hit in a 5-3 loss.
Manny Machado to the White Sox?? It's been the dream for many White Sox fans for months.
With Machado in town to the play the White Sox, Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss the White Sox chances of signing the soon-to-be-free agent.
Garfien also talks with Nicky Delmonico who played with Machado and fellow free agent to be Bryce Harper on the U.S.A. 18-under national team.
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