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White Sox looking at outfield options with Charlie Tilson beginning 2017 on disabled list

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White Sox looking at outfield options with Charlie Tilson beginning 2017 on disabled list

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Charlie Tilson will begin the 2017 season on the disabled list, so the White Sox will have to look elsewhere to find their Opening Day center fielder. 

The presumed frontrunner to be the White Sox Opening Day center fielder, Tilson hasn't appeared in a Cactus League game after being shut down Feb. 19, when an MRI revealed a stress reaction in his right foot. The problem wasn't initially thought to be serious.

But Tilson will be shut down for a minimum of three weeks and is in a boot after a follow-up MRI Monday revealed a fair amount of swelling in his foot. The MRI did not reveal a fracture, so the original diagnosis of a stress reaction remains the same.

It's a difficult setback for the 24-year-old New Trier alum, who suffered a season-ending torn hamstring shortly after collecting his first career hit in his major league debut last August. 

The White Sox have three players in camp who would be in the mix to start in center field April 3 against the Detroit Tigers: Peter Bourjos, Adam Engel and Jacob May. 

Bourjos was a non-roster invitee to White Sox camp after spending the last seven seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies. The 29-year-old native of Park Ridge, Ill., hit .251/.292/.389 in 383 plate appearances with the Phillies last year and has posted on-base percentages below .300 in each of the last three seasons. 

But Bourjos has hit well this spring, collecting two more hits Monday against the Cleveland Indians to bring him to 10 hits in 27 at-bats (though he has yet to draw a walk). The White Sox have two spots open on their 40-man roster that could go to Bourjos and fellow non-roster invitee Geovany Soto.

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May has hit well this spring, but hasn't been able to stay healthy as he's worked his way through the White Sox farm system. The nephew of former White Sox outfielder Carlos May appeared in 83 games with Triple-A Charlotte in 2016 with a .266/.309/.352 slash line. 

Bourjos has rated as an above-average defender in his career (+36 DRS, +49 UZR) while Engel and May have shown good range and instincts in the outfield this spring (and both have made highlight-reel catches in the last week). 

"We always have to be mindful of different options," manager Rick Renteria said Monday. "The reality is we've got all three of those young men beyond Tilly. They're working very hard. They're doing very well in the outfield. All of them are contributing to our part of the spring in terms of playing different positions, center field in specific."

Prospects Zack Burdi, Luis Basabe to begin rehab stints in White Sox minors

Prospects Zack Burdi, Luis Basabe to begin rehab stints in White Sox minors

Tommy John surgeries have knocked out two top White Sox pitching prospects for 2019 (Michael Kopech and Dane Dunning), but one pitching prospect is set to make a notable step in his return from the surgery.

Zack Burdi will join Single-A Kannapolis on a rehab stint on Monday. Burdi had Tommy John surgery in July of 2017. In his first game action since the surgery, he made seven appearances last August with the Arizona League White Sox (rookie level). The Downers Grove native made five more appearances in the Arizona Fall League before being pulled from the league due to “general fatigue.” He talked about his recovery process on an episode of the White Sox Talk Podcast.

In spring training, Burdi was not invited to major league camp and he wasn’t on a minor league roster when the season began. With this news, he is set to hit another milestone in his return. If all goes well in Kannapolis, it is expected that Burdi will join Triple-A Charlotte, where he was in 2017 when he got hurt.

If Burdi can recapture his stuff, which profiled him as a back end of the bullpen pitcher, he could even join the White Sox sometime in 2019. He has to show he is healthy and back to his old self first though. The 24-year-old was taken with the 26th pick in the 2016 draft and is the No. 16 prospect in the system according to MLB Pipeline.

Another prospect will be joining Burdi in Kannapolis on a rehab assignment. Outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe, No. 7 prospect in the system, will also join the Intimidators on Monday. Basabe broke the hamate bone in his left hand during batting practice in spring training. It was initially estimated that he would return in late May, so Basabe appears to be ahead of schedule. The 22-year-old spent the second half of 2019 with Double-A Birmingham and is expected to return there after rehabbing with Kannapolis.

Elsewhere on the White Sox prospect injury watch, Luis Robert left a game on Saturday with soreness in his left hand and is reportedly day-to-day. He was hit by a pitch in the first game of a doubleheader for Single-A Winston-Salem. He made one at-bat in the second game, a leadoff groundout, and then was taken out of the game. He did not play on Sunday.

Robert endured an injury-plagued 2018. He was limited to 50 games, but has been on fire early in 2019. Robert leads the Carolina League in batting average (.475), home runs (6), hits (28), runs (16), on-base percentage (.530) and slugging percentage (.915) and is tied for the league lead in RBIs (18) and stolen bases (7).

 

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Saturday's White Sox-Tigers game postponed due to rain; makeup scheduled for August

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Saturday's White Sox-Tigers game postponed due to rain; makeup scheduled for August

The White Sox and Tigers were likely to start Saturday's game (12:10 p.m. CT) in a rain delay. Instead, the game has been pushed back altogether.

With rain expected all afternoon in Detroit, Saturday's game has been postponed. A makeup is scheduled for Aug. 6 at 12:10 p.m. as part of a split doubleheader. The originally scheduled game will start at 6:10 p.m. CT.

According to a press release, all paid tickets from Saturday's game will be valid for the first game of the doubleheader.

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