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Tim Anderson hopes to be back in White Sox lineup Saturday

Tim Anderson hopes to be back in White Sox lineup Saturday

Tim Anderson said he hopes to be back in the White Sox lineup by Saturday. It might take him that long to get all the bandaging off his hand.

The X-rays came back negative after Anderson was hit in the hand with a pitch during Thursday’s 6-3 win over the Tigers in Detroit. But there is some soreness and swelling, according to the White Sox young shortstop and manager Robin Ventura. Talking to Anderson, there’d be no way to tell with that giant wrap on his hand.

"I feel a lot better today. It's just a little sore today," Anderson said. "It was really bad. I was very sore yesterday."

Ventura’s update provided a few more details that might raise an eyebrow or two in the wake of Anderson’s positive prognosis, though the manager said Anderson could even play in a pinch Friday.

"He’s sore," Ventura said. "You can tell that he got hit. There’s some swelling there, can’t grip the bat all that great, but he can do it if there’s an emergency. You’re just a little concerned him going out there and doing something that would jeopardize some other part of his body. So we’re going to let him rest a little bit, and hopefully that (swelling) goes down and he’s better by tomorrow."

Ventura also said the time off due to injury will allow Anderson — who’s played in all but one game since his major league debut on June 10 — to get a little rest.

"The injury is more why he’s not playing not anything else," Ventura said, "but there is a double meaning to it where he can get a little rest and get back after it once he feels good."

If all goes well, Anderson will miss just one game, but that doesn’t change the fact that his injury is the latest in a stunningly long line of maladies that have plagued White Sox rookies this season. Kevan Smith, Matt Davidson, Jason Coats and Charlie Tilson all preceded Anderson with injuries, those four far more serious than Anderson’s ball off the hand.

"Yeah, it's kind of scary," Anderson said. "I was able to get past the first game, so that was a good thing."

"That’s something new, and I think a lot of guys have talked about that because we’ve got nothing else to talk about," veteran outfielder Adam Eaton joked. "It’s been kind of crazy. It’s something all those guys would say they didn’t prepare to get hurt in their debut or get hurt in a recall or whatever. Tough go at it. I feel bad for them and their families. They get up here, and they’re excited, wanting to make a good impression right away. And having a setback like they’ve had, I hope they in the rehab learn from their trials and it makes them better come spring training."

Anderson is hitting .264/.275/.398 in 47 games this season with five home runs and 12 RBIs.

Chris Sale labors in World Series opener for Red Sox


Chris Sale labors in World Series opener for Red Sox

When Chris Sale was with the White Sox, fans dreamed of seeing him headline a postseason playoff rotation.

That never materialized in his time with the White Sox, but Sale is headlining a World Series rotation for the Red Sox. The 29-year-old pitched Game 1 for the Red Sox against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

Sale didn't last long, making it into the fifth and getting pulled before recording an out. In those 4+ innings, Sale gave up three runs while striking out seven.

One of the key plays of the game featured Manny Machado getting an RBI single against Sale in the third inning to tie the game at 2-2. Machado later had an RBI groundout to again tie the game in the fifth before Boston regained the lead in the bottom half of that inning.

Was that a meeting of the White Sox past (Sale) against the White Sox future (Machado)? Machado will be a highly sought after free agent this winter and the White Sox have been connected to the former Orioles infielder since last offseason.

Game 1 featured a stellar pitching matchup of Sale against Clayton Kershaw, but it didn't materialize as it looked on paper. Sale labored while Kershaw gave up five runs in 4+ innings.

This postseason hasn't been a standout one for Sale. The lefty has a 4.40 ERA in 16 1/3 innings over four appearances (three starts and a relief appearance).

The longer Chris Sale is with the Red Sox, the less this will feel relevant to the White Sox, but it is still something to see the longtime White Sox ace on the mound starting a World Series opener.

White Sox Talk Podcast: A.J. Pierzynski rips Manny Machado


White Sox Talk Podcast: A.J. Pierzynski rips Manny Machado

Former White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski comes on the podcast and tells Chuck Garfien why he’d sign Nolan Arenado over Manny Machado (6:15).

Pierzynski criticizes Machado for saying that he doesn’t play hard everyday (7:08). Would he make Machado the face of the White Sox franchise? (12:30)

He also talks about how bullpenning cost the Milwaukee Brewers a spot in the World Series (14:45).

He reveals the former White Sox player who had a gift for recognizing players who tipped their pitches (21:00).  Pierzynski tells behind the scenes stories about former teammates Nick Swisher, Bartolo Colon, Gavin Floyd and more (28:00).

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast