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White Sox to assess Nate Jones' rehab this week

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White Sox to assess Nate Jones' rehab this week

Nate Jones is in town for the rest of the homestand so the White Sox can assess what progress the tall right-hander has made.

Jones, who had reconstructive elbow surgery last July, has reached the point in his rehab where the White Sox need to see what he’s capable of before determining his next step.

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As of now, Jones is expected to return to Glendale, Ariz. on Monday for more extended spring training. Jones -- who could come off the 60-day disabled list on June 4 -- has just begun to throw his slider, though he hasn’t yet used it in a bullpen session. He’s not yet sure when he could see game action but feels good about how he’s done so far.

“Knock on wood, I’m coming along pretty strongly and hopefully the rest of the rehab goes just as well,” Jones said on Wednesday. “I don’t know what the schedule is mapped out, but I know throw a side here Friday and that’s as far as I know. I know it’s going to change a little bit once I go home to start throwing more breaking balls and stuff like that, which I just started Monday off the mound.”

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The White Sox have previously established the All-Star break as a realistic time for Jones to return. They would love for Jones to return this summer and further fortify and already solid bullpen. But they’ve also shown they plan to err on the side of caution, too. Jones fared well in his rehab and was ready to start throwing once again around Thanksgiving but the White Sox delayed him until Jan. 1.

Despite the lengthy process (Tommy John can take 10-14 months to recover) Jones feels likes he close to returning.

“It’s like I’m finally seeing a little bit of the light,” Jones said. “I’m trying not to get too far ahead of myself, but I’ve been throwing off the mound without pain and that’s a huge accomplishment from last year.”

Revenge tour: After Eloy Jimenez homered against Cubs, Yoan Moncada homered against Red Sox

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Revenge tour: After Eloy Jimenez homered against Cubs, Yoan Moncada homered against Red Sox

Call it the White Sox Hitters Revenge Tour.

Last week, Eloy Jimenez provided the single best image of rebuilding progress to date for the White Sox, smashing a game-winning homer in the ninth inning against the Cubs, the team that traded him, at Wrigley Field, the park he always assumed would be the one he'd call home as a big leaguer.

Well, a week later, Yoan Moncada exacted similar revenge on the team that traded him.

In the first of a three-game series between the White Sox and Boston Red Sox, Moncada took a second-inning pitch out to left field, depositing a ball over the top of the Green Monster for a tie-breaking two-run homer at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox traded Moncada — as part of a package that also included Michael Kopech and Luis Basabe — to the White Sox during the Winter Meetings in 2016 in the deal that jump-started the South Side rebuilding project.

Between signing with the Red Sox in 2015 and making his White Sox debut in 2017, Moncada spent time as the No. 1 overall prospect in the game. After a disappointing first full season in the majors last year, Moncada is having a much better go of things in 2019, bringing a .295/.347/.509 slash line into Monday night, when he belted his 13th home run of the season.

Of course, the Red Sox are pretty happy with their return in that trade, Chris Sale, who in addition to being one of the best pitchers in baseball over the past two and a half seasons got the championship-clinching out in the World Series last October.

But part of the reason the White Sox future is so bright is the return they got in the Sale trade. And one of those players got his revenge, Eloy style, on Monday night.

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Chris Getz on Luis Robert, Dylan Cease, Nick Madrigal and more!

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Chris Getz on Luis Robert, Dylan Cease, Nick Madrigal and more!

Chuck Garfien gets the inside info about some of the top prospects in the White Sox organization from director of player development Chris Getz.

They talk about the wow factor of Luis Robert, what he's working on before being promoted to Triple-A, if he can make the majors in 2019, what kind of major league player he will be and more (3:45)

-Why Nick Madrigal has the "it" factor and why he might have been disappointed with Getz at the start of the season (10:10)

-Why Zack Burdi has struggled this season and a great sign of things to come (16:30)

-Why Kyle Kubat is so highly thought of in the White Sox farm system (18:20)

-How close Dylan Cease is to the major leagues (20:15) and more.

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

White Sox Talk Podcast

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