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White Sox hopeful Micker Adolfo’s injury isn’t a long-term setback

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White Sox hopeful Micker Adolfo’s injury isn’t a long-term setback

White Sox prospect Micker Adolfo underwent successful surgery on a fractured fibula, an injury that included ligament damage, on Friday and is expected to be back to 100 percent for the beginning of spring training in 2016.

Adolfo suffered the injury Aug. 5 sliding during an Arizona League game. The White Sox are hopeful the injury to the 18-year-old, who was signed to a club-record $1.6 million signing bonus as an international free agent in 2013, won’t be a major setback.

“We are talking about a kid who would be a senior in high school right now,” general manager Rick Hahn said. “He certainly has youth on his side in terms of this recovery. We certainly have a great deal of development time ahead of us on our side so that in all probability this is not a long term major setback. Obviously it’s disappointing he wasn’t able to get through the whole season healthy.

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“He suffered a painful injury, but we are fairly confident it won’t have any long term impact on him.”

Adolfo made his professional debut in the United States as a 17-year-old in 2014, hitting five home runs with a .217/.281/.378 slash line for the rookie-level AZL White Sox. In 22 games repeating the level in 2015 — he’s still about two years younger than the average player in the league — he hit .253/.323/.313 with no home runs.

“You don’t want to minimize the impact of any injury,” Hahn said. “It’s unfortunate. It was painful. Unfortunately it turned out to be surgical. But in terms of long term impact on his ultimate major league career four, five or six years from now, we don’t think it will have any impact.”

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Hahn also provided an update on second baseman Micah Johnson, who’s been sidelined since July 29 with a strained left hamstring. The 25-year-old, who began the 2015 season in the majors, recently arrived in Arizona to rehab his injury and should return to Triple-A Charlotte in seven to 10 days.

In 299 plate appearances since being demoted to the minor leagues in mid-May, Johnson has a .328/.383/.487 slash line with 26 stolen bases in 32 attempts.  

White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

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White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

It might be a long shot for the White Sox to sign free agent Manny Machado, but here on the White Sox Talk Podcast, we like dark horses. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber discuss what it would take to bring Machado to the South Side. Plus, is he "the" guy the White Sox are targeting this offseason? Will the Rockies listen to trade offers for Nolan Arenado a year before he reaches free agency? Plus, Chuck talks about a cost-controlled, All-Star on a rebuilding team that could be an answer at third base.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

On this day in 2005: White Sox pitchers put the CG in Chicago

On this day in 2005: White Sox pitchers put the CG in Chicago

Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.

The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:

— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.

— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.

— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).

— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.

— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)

— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).

Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.