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Wednesday's White Sox starter remains a mystery

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Wednesday's White Sox starter remains a mystery

BOSTON -- Who will start on Wednesday for the White Sox remains a mystery, but it wont be anyone on the 25-man roster.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura ruled out Gavin Floyd, who is experiencing tendinitis in his right elbowforearm, and said he plans to stick to the original plan where he gives his other starters an extra day of rest.

Ventura announced Jose Quintana will throw against Boston on Thursday with Jake Peavy and Chris Sale at Detroit on Friday and Saturday, respectively. The teams top internal candidate for Wednesdays game is Triple-A pitcher Pedro Hernandez, who was acquired in the December deal which sent Carlos Quentin to the San Diego Padres.

Hernandez is 7-2 with a 2.90 ERA in 14 minor-league appearances (13 starts) this season.

I dont see him pitching here, Ventura said of Floyd. He might throw a little bit, play catch (Tuesday). Well readjust and figure out somebody for Wednesday. Were having talks with Rick (Hahn) and Kenny (Williams) about the best scenario of who thats going to be. You have to make a move whether Gavin goes on the disabled list or not. Its more of how hes feeling. Youre going to have to make a move eventually.

Floyd hopes to avoid a trip to the DL, though he thinks it will be a couple of days before he tests his elbow again.

The right-hander, who is 3-1 with a 1.37 ERA in his last four starts, said he first noticed an issue in his July 7 start against Toronto.

He called the tendonitis a gradual thing and said he experienced soreness in a catch session over the All-Star break and couldnt complete a bullpen session in Kansas City on Friday, which prompted a return to Chicago for an MRI. Floyd said he was most affected when he tried to throw off-speed pitches.

The MRI showed no structural damage, but Floyd expects he wont play catch for several days in an attempt to let the affected area quiet down.

Maybe not tomorrow, maybe the next day, Floyd said. Just give it a little break. Thats the best thing we can do right now throwing-wise. I mean, it feels fine until I put myself in certain positions and twist it and I feel it strongly in that area.

Floyds uncertainty may make general manager Kenny Williams feel stronger about adding at least one pitcher before the July 31 trade deadline. The team is already without John Danks and Philip Humber returns to a rotation featuring three first-year starters on Tuesday.

Several national reports have indicated the White Sox are interested in Milwaukees Zack Greinke and Chicago Cubs starter Ryan Dempster. But Ventura said his focus is solely to fill out the lineup card with the names on the roster.

We talk about different stuff, but for me its whoever is here, Ventura said. Were going to try and win with what we got here. I dont like looking outside to think something else is better. (Kenny is) the one who does all that.

Joakim Soria knows he is turning into a valuable trade asset for White Sox

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Joakim Soria knows he is turning into a valuable trade asset for White Sox

No one knows better than Joakim Soria that the more successful he is as the White Sox’s closer, there is an increased likelihood that the veteran right-hander will be headed out of town at some point.

Soria has not only solidified the back end of the bullpen, the 34-year-old has emerged as perhaps the Sox’s most valuable trade asset to a contending team in need of relief help.

Over this last 14 appearances, Soria has not allowed an earned run and has converted all seven save chances with five hits allowed, two walks and 15 strikeouts.

“My body feels good and my arm feels good,” Soria said before the Sox defeated the Athletics 10-3 on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field. “I come to the ballpark expecting to pitch and … I try to be out there and help this team win.”

While the Sox haven’t done a whole lot of winning of late—Sunday’s win was just their second in their last 11 games—when they are victorious it’s accompanied by a Soria save. With the Sox’s rebuild in full swing, Soria understands that general manager Rick Hahn won’t hesitate to flip him in a trade.

“Players say they don’t think about it but you have to think about it,” said Soria, who was acquired from the Royals on Jan. 4 in a three-team trade also involving the Dodgers. “When you have a family with three kids and a wife you have to be prepared for everything. But it’s not like I come to the field thinking about that. It’s just God’s plan and whatever happens it’s a business and you prepare.”

Soria has 215 career saves, including 162 in seven seasons with the Royals, but hadn’t been a full-time closer since notching a combined 24 saves with the Tigers and Pirates. With the Sox, Soria won the closing job over fellow veteran Nate Jones in spring training and has been nearly unhittable in recent weeks.

Over his last 13 2/3 innings pitched, Soria has held opponents to a .109 batting average and sports a 2.89 ERA for the season. He has issued five walks in 28 innings and is averaging 10.29 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.

The two-time All-Star has settled in nicely in a Sox clubhouse featuring a mix of veterans and promising talents. Soria has to balance that with the knowledge he might not be around as the season progresses.

“It’s something I can’t control,” Soria said. “I have a really good relationship with these guys and the chemistry with this team is very good. I can’t think outside of the box because (a trade) hasn’t happened yet. You have to keep focused and be ready for today’s game.”

Dane Dunning left minor league start with 'moderate' elbow strain

Dane Dunning left minor league start with 'moderate' elbow strain

Dane Dunning has been nothing but consistent since joining the White Sox organization in the Adam Eaton trade before the 2017 season.

He has performed well at three different levels in the minor leagues and has stayed healthy. That second part is currently in question after he left a start for Double-A Birmingham on Saturday with elbow soreness.

Dunning left in the fourth inning in what was developing into one of his worst starts of the season. He had four strikeouts, but also walked four and gave up two runs (one earned). The four walks matched a season high.

Here is how things went down on his final pitch:

It's too early for a full diagnosis, but Dunning is expected to have an MRI in the next few days. White Sox manager Rick Renteria talked about Dunning's injury before Sunday's game against the Athletics.

"I think everybody considered it a very moderate strain," Renteria said. "Nobody is at this point too concerned. They still have to re-evaluate more. We won’t know more until they get further evaluation and at that point everybody will know where he’s at. Right now he still has to be re-evaluated."

Dunning, 23, began the season at Single-A Winston-Salem where he posted a 2.59 ERA in four starts with 31 strikeouts against three walks in 24 1/3 innings. The Florida product then was promoted to Birmingham where he has a 2.76 ERA. In 11 starts with the Barons, Dunning has 69 strikeouts and 23 walks in 62 innings.

Dunning is one of the top pitching prospects in the White Sox farm system along with Michael Kopech and Alec Hansen.

Chris Kuc contributed to this report.