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White Sox closer to finalized 25-man roster

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White Sox closer to finalized 25-man roster

GLENDALE, Ariz. — J.B. Shuck is on the team and the White Sox intend to carry 12 pitchers.

Manager Robin Ventura made those announcements Tuesday shortly after the team sent five players, including Matt Davidson and Carlos Sanchez, to minor-league camp.

With Opening Day right around the corner, the White Sox have but one decision to make before the season gets underway. All that’s really left to decide is whether to take Jerry Sands, Travis Ishikawa or perhaps a player from outside as the 25th man. But the White Sox seem likely to take several more days to make up their minds.

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“It’s not an easy, clear cut, we’re going to take this guy (decision),” Ventura said. “There’s still some stuff to be looked over, but we’ll get through it before we get to Oakland.”

Shuck has been on the roster the entire way, even after the White Sox signed Austin Jackson earlier this month. The White Sox love that Shuck is accepting of his reserve role, that he plays all three positions and plays with energy. Shuck had an .820 OPS off the bench last season and general manager Rick Hahn said three weeks ago there was still room on the roster for the Ohio-product after Jackson’s signing.

“He brings a lot of different things,” Ventura said. “He’s versatile and he could move around, he can play all three outfield positions, first base in a pinch if you need to. And he wants to pitch, but he won’t.”

[MORE: Matt Davidson, Carlos Sanchez among White Sox cuts]

There had been some thought the White Sox would take an extra pitcher when they head to California on Friday. Mat Latos has yet to complete five innings in a single start with only one more turn to go. The team also opens the season with eight straight games and then plays 19 straight from April 13-May 1. But Ventura confirmed a 12-man pitching staff and said it’s why the team has recently stretched out several of its relievers. Hahn said the team would adjust on the fly if needed.

“It’s important we have multiple guys who can give us some length if the need arises,” Hahn said. “We want to break camp with the right 25 guys. But at the same time, there are going to be roster moves over the course of the season.

“We may well have to make some alterations based on how the team is playing or what the needs are or how taxed the bullpen is at that point. We feel we have some options in house if we need to make some switches on the fly.”

Lucas Giolito has some fun with the not so dark side of his Twitter history

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Lucas Giolito has some fun with the not so dark side of his Twitter history

White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito isn't having a great season, but at least it looks like his Twitter account could pass a background check.

A Twitter user dug through some of Giolito's tweets from his teenage years. He didn't find much in the way of hateful, mean or angry tweets. Instead, he found candy, touch tanks at the aquarium and animated movies.

The tweet got plenty of attention on the platform, leading Giolito to comment on it. Giolito took the joke with a good sense of humor and made a joke at his own expense.

This kind of makes you wonder what else would qualify as Giolito's "dark side." Maybe this will spawn a series of Lucas Giolito facts like the very tame version of Chuck Norris or The Most Interesting Man in the World.

Michael Kopech, Eloy Jimenez lead Charlotte Knights on NBC Sports Chicago

Michael Kopech, Eloy Jimenez lead Charlotte Knights on NBC Sports Chicago

Tonight, White Sox Triple-A affiliate Charlotte (44-52) will go head-to-head with the Pawtucket Red Sox (45-49) on NBC Sports Chicago at 6 p.m.

Top pitching prospect Michael Kopech (2-5, 4.88 ERA) faces William Cuevas (5-3, 3.21 ERA) at BB&T Ballpark. The flame-throwing Kopech is coming off an 11-strikeout performance in his last start when he completed six innings of work and allowed only four hits and one earned run.

Kopech has been inconsistent for the Knights this season, but leads the International League with a whopping 122 strikeouts. He had a forgettable month of June, when he went 1-4 with a 5.46 ERA, but he looks to be getting on the right track recently.

Charlotte’s batting lineup is highlighted by White Sox No. 1 prospect Eloy Jimenez, who has performed well since his promotion from Double-A Birmingham in mid-June. The powerful hitter has a .283/.348/.483 slash line with three home runs in 60 at-bats with the Knights.

Reliever Ian Hamilton (2.71 ERA), who is ranked by MLB Pipeline as the No. 18 White Sox prospect, has served as the team’s closer since his June promotion to Triple-A. The 23-year-old has converted four of five save opportunities with Charlotte, making him a player to monitor during tonight’s game. He has 10 strikeouts with only two walks in 9 2/3 innings.