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White Sox eyeing Carlos Rodon, Scott Carroll for spot starts

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White Sox eyeing Carlos Rodon, Scott Carroll for spot starts

Scott Carroll is back in Chicago and could be an option when the White Sox need a spot starter to take a suspended Chris Sale and/or Jeff Samardzija’s turn in the rotation. But Carroll’s presence — his contract was purchased and he was promoted Sunday to replace the injured Matt Albers — doesn’t mean Carlos Rodon has been ruled out of making his first major league start in the coming weeks.

Manager Robin Ventura said both Carroll and Rodon will be considered when the appeals process for Sale and Samardzija comes to a conclusion and it’s determined if their respective five-game suspensions will be upheld and when those will start. Both pitchers are scheduled to make their next starts, with Hector Noesi starting Monday, Samardzija Tuesday and Sale Wednesday in Baltimore.

“It's a possibility (Rodon) gets a start in there for one of these guys,” Ventura said. “With yesterday being the way it was, guys got a little bit of rest, but he definitely becomes in the equation of getting a start out of one of these.”

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Rodon has appeared in one game since he was promoted to the majors a week ago, as the left-hander relieved Noesi Tuesday night against Cleveland. The 2014 No. 3 overall pick said he’s confident in his ability to swing between the bullpen and rotation if need be — he threw 60 pitches in relief against the Indians and 87 in each of his two Triple-A starts prior to his promotion.

“If I have to make a start I’ll make a start whenever that is,” Rodon said. “I’ll find out if that happens.”

To make room for Carroll on the 40-man roster, the White Sox designated left-hander Eric Surkamp for assignment on Sunday.

The 30-year-old Carroll was promoted to the White Sox right around this time last year — he made his MLB debut April 27, 2014 vs. Tampa Bay — and said he feels confident in his second go-around with the club. He was designated for assignment in the winter but re-signed as a minor league free agent in large part due to the familiarity he has with the organization.

Carroll, too, is a native of Liberty, Mo., a suburb northeast of Kansas City. So while he wasn’t here for Thursday night’s brawl, he heard plenty from his friends back home about it — and, because of it, now has another shot in the big leagues.

“I’m hearing from all of my K.C. people what’s going on, like ‘Hey what are your boys doing to our boys,’ “ Carroll said. “It’s interesting but I see it from the outside just as much, on my phone when I was in Norfolk (with Triple-A Charlotte). It’s kind of crazy the way things turned out. But I’m just excited for my opportunity and I want to help the team as much as I can.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Interview with Hall of Famer Harold Baines

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Interview with Hall of Famer Harold Baines

Chuck Garfien sits down with new Hall of Famer Harold Baines.

First, Chuck, Ryan McGuffey and Chris Kamka share their memories of watching Baines play with the White Sox (1:40). Then, Baines explains why he's always been so soft-spoken (8:45), how he was able to play 22 seasons in the majors (13:00), why he's never spoken to GM Larry Himes for trading him to Texas (15:30), the apology he received from President George W. Bush (16:30), what he thinks about the critics who don't think he should be in the Hall of Fame (18:25), a replay of Baines emotional interview with Chuck about his dad (20:50) and more.

Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:

White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson discusses inspiring a younger generation of black baseball players, bat flipping and much more on Pull Up Podcast with CJ McCollum

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White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson discusses inspiring a younger generation of black baseball players, bat flipping and much more on Pull Up Podcast with CJ McCollum

White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson appeared on Thursday's episode of the Pull Up Podcast hosted by Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum and ESPN's Jordan Schultz to discuss many things including his MLB career, the charity work he does in the Chicago community and the need more expression and entertainment (overall) in baseball.

McCollum asked Anderson if the sport of baseball has evolved and what he would do to further these developments, based on the idea that the sport has a stigma of being boring, particularly within inner-city and/or largely black communities. Anderson stated, "They should allow players to have more fun.....just allow players to be themselves." 

Anderson discussed how being the only black player on the White Sox—the team that represents the South Side of Chicago—is extremely important to him and how great the White Sox organization has been at giving him every opportunity to be himself and "be comfortable". He expanded on how much he loves MLB life and how he wants to be able to pass on that love for the game to younger generations, especially the youth of the South Side of Chicago.

"I enjoy it [the responsibility of being the lone black player on the White Sox].....a lot of those kids in they area [the South Side], they kinda remind me of myself."

Schultz brought up the criticism of Anderson's bat flipping, asking him why it was so important for him to show that he was enjoying himself, at the expense of breaking one of baseball's "unwritten rules".

Being of a younger generation, Anderson lamented that it was indeed a new day in baseball and doubled down in saying that the simple aspect of having fun needs to be encouraged even more in the sport. 

"You're playing a game that you're failing most of the time and the times that you do succeed they don't want you to enjoy those moments. For me man, y'know, I think that's just a lot of pain showing.....from struggling, that's just that emotion that's coming out man. You know when you finally get to a point where you feel like you breaking through.....those moments that I want to remember and I want people around me to remember. That’s why I play the way that I do.”

Anderson is indeed having the best season of his career so far, with a slash line of .317/.342/.491 entering Friday morning. He is also nine home runs away from matching his season-high of 20 with over the half the season left to go.

With even more of a platform amid his career-year, Anderson has continued his crusade to make baseball fun again and doesn’t plan on changing up the way he plays the game anytime soon.


 

As touched on earlier in this post, Anderson wants to serve as a role model while also showing the youth that it is OK to be yourself as a Major League Baseball player.

In all the camps and baseball clinics that Anderon hosts, he always makes sure to answer every question about his unique experience in the MLB because he understands the value of kids getting to see someone who looks like them succeeding, even more so in a sport where the number black players sits at a mere 7.7% of the entire league

“Everything [is] not always good [for kids in inner-city communities], so I think that understanding that and kinda being a role model and motivating and inspiring those kids that look like me and I look like them, I think it's easier for those kids to look up to me. So that's why I go out and play hard and....enjoy the moment and do those crazy things on the field.....because that's what those kids like."

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