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Source: Samardzija to begin serving suspension Wednesday

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Source: Samardzija to begin serving suspension Wednesday

Jeff Samardzija is expected to drop his appeal and begin serving a five-game suspension Wednesday, a baseball source said.

With Samardzija, Tuesday’s starter against the Detroit Tigers, out and perhaps Chris Sale starting his suspension on Thursday, Carlos Rodon almost certainly would make his first White Sox start during a three-game home series against the Cincinnati Reds that begins Friday.

Samardzija and Sale, who starts against the Tigers on Wednesday night, both received five-game suspensions stemming from an April 23 bench-clearing brawl against the Kansas City Royals. Four Royals players were suspended after the incident, including a seven-game penalty for Kansas City starter Yordano Ventura. White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers also received an undisclosed fine for what he described as making an aggressive move.

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn didn’t announce the team's plans to handle the situation whenever Samardzija and Sale start serving their suspensions.

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“We’ve got a pretty good idea how it’s going to unfold,” Hahn said. “Shark is starting tonight, Sale tomorrow then we’ll go from there.”

Rodon said he hasn’t learned if he’d make a start this homestand, but the White Sox likely would need a sixth starting pitcher to eat up the extra day and he’s the best candidate. Working in long relief on Saturday, the left-handed rookie threw 63 pitches against the Minnesota Twins. He also threw 87 pitches in his two starts at Triple-A Charlotte last month and thinks he could throw between 90-100 pitches.

The White Sox haven’t announced any starters for their series against the Reds.

“I’m ready to do whatever it takes to win for this team,” Rodon said. “If it’s starting or it’s out of the bullpen or whatever role it is, I’ll do it.”

Samardzija would next pitch at Milwaukee on Monday.

Dylan Cease struggles early, but finishes strong in second White Sox start

Dylan Cease struggles early, but finishes strong in second White Sox start

Dylan Cease picked up a win in his first start, but his second did not go as well.

Cease pitched six innings Tuesday at the Royals and gave up six runs (four earned) on eight hits and a walk. He struck out seven, but took the loss in an ugly game for the White Sox.

The game got off to an ominous start with Eloy Jimenez getting injured on the first batter Cease faced. The White Sox defense didn’t help Cease much either with three errors (Cease had one of those on an errant pickoff throw).

After giving up six runs in the first four innings, Cease settled down to retire the final eight batters he faced. He finished with seven strikeouts against just one walk and threw 67 of his 108 pitches for strikes.

Cease struck out six in his first start and is the first pitcher in White Sox history to strike out six or more in each of his first two career appearances.

A deeper look at Cease’s numbers show his swing and miss stuff hasn’t quite caught on as expected so far. Cease got 13 swinging strikes in 101 pitches in his major league debut. He got 12 whiffs on 108 pitches on Tuesday. His slider did get five swinging strikes on 25 pitches against the Royals.

Fastball command remains a key part to Cease’s success. He only threw 26 out of 54 fastballs for strikes in his debut. Cease improved upon that with 31 strikes on 50 fastballs against the Royals.

Most of the Royals’ damage came against Cease’s fastball as well. Six of the Royals’ eight hits off Cease, including all three extra base hits, were off heaters. Cease also gave up four hits with two strikes.

There has been plenty of hype surrounding Cease since he joined the White Sox, but he hasn’t hit the ground running in the majors just yet. Having 13 days between the first two starts of his career due to the all-star break and the White Sox giving him some extra rest also isn’t the ideal scenario for a young pitcher.

Cease’s ERA is now at 5.73, which isn’t going to set the world on fire. Still, there have been enough positives in his first two starts to see where reasonable improvement could lead to Cease becoming the pitcher the White Sox expect him to be.

 

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Next steps for the White Sox rebuild

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Next steps for the White Sox rebuild

David Haugh, Sam Panayotovich and Chris Bleck join Kap on the panel.

0:00 - The Cubs deal World Series hero Mike Montgomery to the Royals for catcher Martin Maldonado. So what does that mean for Willson Contreras' injury? And who will get the majority of the playing time behind the plate?

10:30 - The guys look ahead to Dylan Cease's second Major League start and discuss what players should be dealt at the deadline to continue the White Sox rebuild.

16:00 - The Blackhawks deal Artem Anisimov to the Senators. Could this mean Kirby Dach can make the team on opening night?

18:30 - Robbie Gould won't be a Bear next season. Is the Bears Week 1 kicker currently on their roster?

20:00 - Did EA Sports diss Mitch Trubisky? DARN NATIONAL MEDIA!!!!

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