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Reinforcements on the way for banged-up Sox

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Reinforcements on the way for banged-up Sox

Paul Konerko probably won't play Sunday, as swelling around his left eye remains bad enough that he can't completely see out of it. The White Sox captain, who was hit in the face by Jeff Samardzija offering on Friday, was seen roaming the cramped visitor's clubhouse at Wrigley Field with an ice pack over his eye prior to Sunday's game.

"He would probably want to," manager Robin Ventura laughed when asked if Konerko was available to pinch hit Sunday. "He's gonna try and go take swings to see what it looks like. You just don't want to put a guy out there that can't fully see. There's enough swelling above his eye that he can't fully see. He can do everything physically, you just don't want to put him out there in that situation."

Tuesday's contest against Minnesota will likely mark Konerko's return to the lineup. It also could be Orlando Hudson's debut with the White Sox.

While there has been no official confirmation from the team, Ventura answered questions about Hudson's role with the White Sox, so it appears the signing of the 34-year-old infielder is a go.

"Probably fill him in," Ventura said of Hudson's place on the team. "It depends if Brent Morel's on the DL, then we're going to have to mix in guys at third base and back up second, use him like that."

Hudson hasn't played third base in his major-league career, but he did come up through Toronto's farm system there. So he won't displace Beckham at second base, and Ventura also added Hudson will probably hit lower in the order unless he's subbing in for Beckham.

"I would say Gordon's probably going to stay where he's at," Ventura summed up.

The White Sox have yet to add Hudson to their roster, though, because Morel has yet to be placed on the disabled list. Despite a large ice wrap around his waist, Morel was still listed on the White Sox lineup card as "available" off the bench.

Until Morel hits the shelf, the White Sox won't have room on their 25-man roster for Hudson. Morel hasn't played since May 17, so a 15-day disabled list stint would be retroactive to May 18, meaning he wouldn't be eligible to come off the DL until early June.

Provided Morel does come off the disabled list then, the Sox may be forced to send utilityman Eduardo Escobar to Triple-A. While Morel has a paltry .420 OPS this season, Escobar's OPS is only .424 entering Sunday, and Morel may have the excuse of not being completely healthy for some of his offensive struggles.

Hudson, though, joins the White Sox after hitting .211 with a .260 on-base percentage and .317 slugging percentage in 35 games with San Diego. While his offensive numbers may be lagging this season, he brings a lot more than his bat to a team.

"He plays hard, plays good defense, good at-bats," explained Ventura. "And there are a lot of guys who like playing with him."

White Sox Talk Podcast: Who will win the AL Central in 2020?

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Who will win the AL Central in 2020?

With only 60 games to play in the 2020 MLB season, it seems like there will be a three-team race to the top of the AL Central. To discuss and debate, Chuck Garfien is joined by Anthony Castrovince and Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com to discuss who will be crowned the division winner.

(4:30) - Is the AL Central a three-team race or will the Twins win it again?

(10:30) - Who will have the best hitting in the division?

(16:49) - Who has the best starting pitching?

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(23:38) - Bullpen break down

(31:52) - Final rankings on who should win the AL Central

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MLB The Show: White Sox take down Blue Jays behind Dallas Keuchel

MLB The Show: White Sox take down Blue Jays behind Dallas Keuchel

NBC Sports Chicago is simulating the 2020 White Sox season via MLB The Show during the postponement of play. The White Sox, stocked with young talent and veteran offseason acquisitions, were expected to take a big step forward in their rebuild this season. Follow along as we play out the first few months of the season.

Result: White Sox def. Blue Jays 7-1
Record: 51-36 this season, first in AL Central (3 games ahead of Twins)

W: Dallas Keuchel (5-5)
L: Hyun-Jin Ryu (9-4)

Game summary: The South Siders continued their three-game set vs the Blue Jays north of the border on Wednesday. And just like Canadian summers, their bats took a little longer than normal to warm up in this game.

Fortunately for the White Sox, they didn’t need a lot of runs early as Dallas Keuchel had his entire repertoire working. The veteran lefty, a frequent sore spot in the rotation this season, went eight innings while allowing just one run and striking out five batters. Sporting an ERA above 7 at times this year, Keuchel is now sitting at 5.90.

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After just scoring just two runs through the first seven frames, the White Sox offense broke out in the eighth. Tim Anderson emerged from his power slump in a big way, hitting a three-run bomb to left. Then, Nomar Mazara also went deep, slugging his 17th homer of the season.

The White Sox winning streak is now at three games, the same total they lead the AL Central by as All-Star weekend approaches.

White Sox lineup:

Edwin Encarnacion: 0-4 (.311 BA)
Eloy Jimenez: 1-4, 2B (.251 BA)
Yoan Moncada: 1-5, HR (23), RBI, R (.278 BA)
Yasmani Grandal: 1-3, 2 BB, R (.309 BA)
Jose Abreu: 3-5, 2 2B, 2 R (.311 BA)
Tim Anderson: 1-5, HR (15), 3 RBI, R (.275 BA)
Luis Robert: 1-5, R (.256 BA)
Nick Madrigal: 1-3 (.283 BA)
Nomar Mazara: 2-4, HR (17), 2 RBI, R (.257 BA)

Scoring summary:

Top first

Yoan Moncada homered to left field. 1-0 CHW.

Top fourth

Nomar Mazara singled to left field, Luis Robert scored. 2-0 CHW.

Bottom fifth

Bo Bichette homered to left field. 2-1 CHW.

Top eighth

Tim Anderson homered to left field, Yasmani Grandal and Jose Abreu scored. 5-1 CHW.
Mazara homered to right field. 6-1 CHW.

Top ninth

Anderson reached on throwing error, Abreu scored. 7-1 CHW.

Notable performance: Mazara is the human embodiment of the saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Despite being in the nine-hole, Mazara has hit 16 homers and is ninh in the AL with 63 RBIs. There's no reason to move him elsewhere in the lineup.

Next game: Thursday, July 2 - Game 88: White Sox at Blue Jays (Dylan Cease, 4-4, 5.40 ERA vs Ryan Borucki, 6-4, 5.11 ERA)

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