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White Sox reliever Nate Jones sore after close call but doesn't expect to miss World Baseball Classic

White Sox reliever Nate Jones sore after close call but doesn't expect to miss World Baseball Classic

GLENDALE, Ariz. — He's sore on Thursday after taking a comebacker off his knee a day earlier, but Nate Jones is encouraged after walking off the field without any assistance.

The White Sox reliever is temporarily out of action after Wednesday's scare, when he took a one-hopper off his right knee. Even so, Jones — who went 5-3 with three saves, a 2.11 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 70 2/3 innings last season — said he doesn't expect to miss the World Baseball Classic. He and closer David Robertson are headed for Miami on Monday to join workouts for Team USA, which plays its first game on March 10. Jose Quintana (Colombia), Miguel Gonzalez (Mexico) and Giovanni Soto (Puerto Rico) are also participating in the WBC.

"A little sore this morning, but the stability is good so it's all good," Jones said. "Just be sore for a couple days. Take it easy today, get after it tomorrow.

"Once you mess with your foundation, your knees and legs and feet, it's a little scary for sure. It got me right on the nerve, so went down pretty quick."

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Jones said the club planned to be cautious with him on Thursday but believes he'd be able to participate on Friday. He recorded two outs in the seventh inning on Wednesday but immediately limped off the field after he was struck with the one-hopper off the bat of Arizona's Ildemaro Vargas. Jones' leg bore a huge red mark and bruising on the right side of his right leg just below his knee cap. He said the hamstring connects where he was hit, which could lead to soreness there, too.

Still, after the closest call of his career, Jones feels fortunate.

"It got me right on that nerve, got some feeling back but it was sore and tight walking off," Jones said. "We've seen guys blow out their knee before, so to walk off was encouraging."

Chris Sale labors in World Series opener for Red Sox

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Chris Sale labors in World Series opener for Red Sox

When Chris Sale was with the White Sox, fans dreamed of seeing him headline a postseason playoff rotation.

That never materialized in his time with the White Sox, but Sale is headlining a World Series rotation for the Red Sox. The 29-year-old pitched Game 1 for the Red Sox against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

Sale didn't last long, making it into the fifth and getting pulled before recording an out. In those 4+ innings, Sale gave up three runs while striking out seven.

One of the key plays of the game featured Manny Machado getting an RBI single against Sale in the third inning to tie the game at 2-2. Machado later had an RBI groundout to again tie the game in the fifth before Boston regained the lead in the bottom half of that inning.

Was that a meeting of the White Sox past (Sale) against the White Sox future (Machado)? Machado will be a highly sought after free agent this winter and the White Sox have been connected to the former Orioles infielder since last offseason.

Game 1 featured a stellar pitching matchup of Sale against Clayton Kershaw, but it didn't materialize as it looked on paper. Sale labored while Kershaw gave up five runs in 4+ innings.

This postseason hasn't been a standout one for Sale. The lefty has a 4.40 ERA in 16 1/3 innings over four appearances (three starts and a relief appearance).

The longer Chris Sale is with the Red Sox, the less this will feel relevant to the White Sox, but it is still something to see the longtime White Sox ace on the mound starting a World Series opener.

White Sox Talk Podcast: A.J. Pierzynski rips Manny Machado

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White Sox Talk Podcast: A.J. Pierzynski rips Manny Machado

Former White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski comes on the podcast and tells Chuck Garfien why he’d sign Nolan Arenado over Manny Machado (6:15).

Pierzynski criticizes Machado for saying that he doesn’t play hard everyday (7:08). Would he make Machado the face of the White Sox franchise? (12:30)

He also talks about how bullpenning cost the Milwaukee Brewers a spot in the World Series (14:45).

He reveals the former White Sox player who had a gift for recognizing players who tipped their pitches (21:00).  Pierzynski tells behind the scenes stories about former teammates Nick Swisher, Bartolo Colon, Gavin Floyd and more (28:00).

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast

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