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White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From the weekend:

RIP, Moose Skowron. If you haven't read Chuck's outstanding profile of one best men to ever put on a White Sox uniform, do so. It's well worth your time. Chris Kamka also looked at how Moose always hit when it mattered the most.

John Danks was frustrated. Really frustrated.

While Danks turned in a rough outing Friday, both Jake Peavy and Gavin Floyd were excellent in their starts on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. The Sox lost Saturday's game 1-0, as they couldn't touch Boston starter Jon Lester, while Floyd flirted with a no-hitter Sunday and was buoyed by a first-inning homer off the bat of Adam Dunn in a 4-1 win.

The Sox hadn't been in a save situation since Wednesday, when Hector Santiago served up three runs to the A's in the 14th. So when Matt Thornton remained in Sunday's game to nail down the save, it certainly raised questions as to who Robin Ventura's choice is for the ninth.

One person it won't be is Addison Reed, at least until Jesse Crain comes off the disabled list. While Reed -- and Nate Jones -- will see increased roles with Crain's left oblique landing him on the shelf, the Sox won't be able to turn to Reed in the ninth until they can get Crain back to his usual setup role.

Last thing of note: Jim Thome is paying a lot of money for a house in Burr Ridge, and it looks like he's keeping his permanent home here in the Chicagoland area.

Around the division: Shin-Soo Choo could miss some time against the Sox this week, Detroit finally released Brandon Inge and saw him sign with Oakland, Doug Fister's on the mend and that's really good news for the scuffling Tigers, Delmon Young was placed on the restricted list, and this happened:
It's worth repeating that Bruce Chen threw over to first base TEN TIMES w Denard Span on and Jamey Carroll up in the 1st inning. TEN. Phil Mackey (@PMac21) April 29, 2012

Joakim Soria knows he is turning into a valuable trade asset for White Sox

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Joakim Soria knows he is turning into a valuable trade asset for White Sox

No one knows better than Joakim Soria that the more successful he is as the White Sox’s closer, there is an increased likelihood that the veteran right-hander will be headed out of town at some point.

Soria has not only solidified the back end of the bullpen, the 34-year-old has emerged as perhaps the Sox’s most valuable trade asset to a contending team in need of relief help.

Over this last 14 appearances, Soria has not allowed an earned run and has converted all seven save chances with five hits allowed, two walks and 15 strikeouts.

“My body feels good and my arm feels good,” Soria said before the Sox defeated the Athletics 10-3 on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field. “I come to the ballpark expecting to pitch and … I try to be out there and help this team win.”

While the Sox haven’t done a whole lot of winning of late—Sunday’s win was just their second in their last 11 games—when they are victorious it’s accompanied by a Soria save. With the Sox’s rebuild in full swing, Soria understands that general manager Rick Hahn won’t hesitate to flip him in a trade.

“Players say they don’t think about it but you have to think about it,” said Soria, who was acquired from the Royals on Jan. 4 in a three-team trade also involving the Dodgers. “When you have a family with three kids and a wife you have to be prepared for everything. But it’s not like I come to the field thinking about that. It’s just God’s plan and whatever happens it’s a business and you prepare.”

Soria has 215 career saves, including 162 in seven seasons with the Royals, but hadn’t been a full-time closer since notching a combined 24 saves with the Tigers and Pirates. With the Sox, Soria won the closing job over fellow veteran Nate Jones in spring training and has been nearly unhittable in recent weeks.

Over his last 13 2/3 innings pitched, Soria has held opponents to a .109 batting average and sports a 2.89 ERA for the season. He has issued five walks in 28 innings and is averaging 10.29 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.

The two-time All-Star has settled in nicely in a Sox clubhouse featuring a mix of veterans and promising talents. Soria has to balance that with the knowledge he might not be around as the season progresses.

“It’s something I can’t control,” Soria said. “I have a really good relationship with these guys and the chemistry with this team is very good. I can’t think outside of the box because (a trade) hasn’t happened yet. You have to keep focused and be ready for today’s game.”

Dane Dunning left minor league start with 'moderate' elbow strain

Dane Dunning left minor league start with 'moderate' elbow strain

Dane Dunning has been nothing but consistent since joining the White Sox organization in the Adam Eaton trade before the 2017 season.

He has performed well at three different levels in the minor leagues and has stayed healthy. That second part is currently in question after he left a start for Double-A Birmingham on Saturday with elbow soreness.

Dunning left in the fourth inning in what was developing into one of his worst starts of the season. He had four strikeouts, but also walked four and gave up two runs (one earned). The four walks matched a season high.

Here is how things went down on his final pitch:

It's too early for a full diagnosis, but Dunning is expected to have an MRI in the next few days. White Sox manager Rick Renteria talked about Dunning's injury before Sunday's game against the Athletics.

"I think everybody considered it a very moderate strain," Renteria said. "Nobody is at this point too concerned. They still have to re-evaluate more. We won’t know more until they get further evaluation and at that point everybody will know where he’s at. Right now he still has to be re-evaluated."

Dunning, 23, began the season at Single-A Winston-Salem where he posted a 2.59 ERA in four starts with 31 strikeouts against three walks in 24 1/3 innings. The Florida product then was promoted to Birmingham where he has a 2.76 ERA. In 11 starts with the Barons, Dunning has 69 strikeouts and 23 walks in 62 innings.

Dunning is one of the top pitching prospects in the White Sox farm system along with Michael Kopech and Alec Hansen.

Chris Kuc contributed to this report.