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White Sox prospect Short ruled out for 2012

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White Sox prospect Short ruled out for 2012

Brandon Short suffered a dislocated left shoulder and torn labrum Thursday after an unsuccessful attempt to catch a deep drive against the Texas Rangers.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the outfielder will undergo surgery and will miss the entirety of his age-23 season.

After a promising 2010 that saw Short post a .365 OBP in Single-A Winston-Salem, Short struggled with Double-A Birmingham, compiling just a .318 OBP. His success at Single-A may have been fueled by some luck, though, as his BABIP sat at a pretty unsustainable .372 with the Dash. That number fell to a more neutral .317 with Birmingham, and his walk rate didn't improve much (5 to 6 percent), leading to his lower on-base percentage.

Short ranked as high as No. 9 on major White Sox prospect lists, although he didn't crack John Sickels' top 20 or Baseball America's top 10.

Danny Farquhar to throw out the first pitch before White Sox game on June 1

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Danny Farquhar to throw out the first pitch before White Sox game on June 1

In another example of how amazing Danny Farquhar’s recovery has been, the pitcher will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the White Sox game on June 1.

Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage from a ruptured aneurysm during the sixth inning of the team’s April 20 game against the Houston Astros. But his recovery has been astounding, and he was discharged from the hospital on May 7. Farquhar’s neurosurgeon expects him to be able to pitch again in future seasons.

Farquhar has been back to visit his teammates at Guaranteed Rate Field a couple times since leaving the hospital. June 1 will mark his return to a big league mound, even if it’s only for a ceremonial first pitch with his wife and three children. Doctors, nurses and staff from RUSH University Medical Center will be on hand for Farquhar’s pitch on June 1.

The White Sox announced that in celebration of Farquhar’s recovery, they will donate proceeds from all fundraising efforts on June 1 to the Joe Niekro Foundation, an organization committed to supporting patients and families, research, treatment and awareness of brain aneurysms.

White Sox Talk Podcast: The fallout from Welington Castillo's suspension

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White Sox Talk Podcast: The fallout from Welington Castillo's suspension

Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss the shocking news that Welington Castillo has been suspended for 80 games for testing positive for a performance-enchancing drug, putting the White Sox catching position in quite the precarious position.  You’ll hear reaction from Rick Hahn and Ricky Renteria, Castillo’s apology, the options the White Sox have at catcher both inside and outside the organization, and what it means not only for Castillo’s future with the White Sox but what the team might do at catcher going forward.