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White Sox uncertain of James Shields' next start

White Sox uncertain of James Shields' next start

The White Sox are uncertain of when James Shields’ next start will be.

Shields, who allowed three homers and five earned runs in 2 1/3 innings against the Minnesota Twins on Saturday, experienced some back tightness. After being checked out by the trainer in the third inning, he remained in the game.

"We’re continuing to get treatment on that and pin down a little bit more if he’s going to be able to go out there and it’s not going to bother him," manager Robin Ventura said on Monday.

Shields said he "wasn't feeling too hot" before the game, but was "fine" once the game started going.

When Ventura was asked what level of frustration Shields is at right now, he thinks it's high up there, especially for a guy who's been searching for consistency all year.

"A guy that has pitched this long and has done as well as he has, it can be pretty high," Ventura said. "But again, he puts it behind him, he comes in, he works, he does all the things that you would expect a guy that’s a pro to do.

"He doesn’t come in and hide and not talk to guys and stay to himself. He’s still working hard, and he has the confidence to be able to overcome all of it."

Ventura also didn’t rule out the potential of shutting Shields down for the season.

"He’s working hard to get everything healthy and feel good and be ready to go."

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In 17 starts for the White Sox this season, Shields is 3-10 with a 7.50 ERA with 40 walks and 48 strikeouts.

With Miguel Gonzalez returning from the disabled list on Tuesday, if Shields isn’t ready to go for his next start, Ventura said that Anthony Ranaudo would likely get take the hill.

"We’ve got to get a better handle on what’s going on with James," Ventura said. "If we need (Ranaudo) to keep going, he’s going to keep going.

"Right now, until we get a better idea of what’s going on with James and if he can go his next time, that’s where we’re at."

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.

Tim Anderson celebrated his birthday in style

Tim Anderson celebrated his birthday in style

Tim Anderson turned 24 on Saturday and celebrated the occasion with a bang.

Anderson smashed a three-run home run in the first inning against the A's. It was actually his first swing on his birthday. Anderson took the first two pitches before launching the 1-1 pitch over the right field fence.

That home run, Anderson's 13th of the year, gave the White Sox a 5-0 lead. Things took an ugly turn later in the game with Oakland winning 7-6. Dylan Covey left in the fifth with a hip injury, which manager Rick Renteria said will be evaluated tomorrow to determine the severity of the injury.

Anderson finished 2-for-4 on his birthday. He later added a single, a stolen base and a run in the sixth inning.

Anderon's power surge this year has him on pace to blow past his 17 homers from a year ago. He is four shy of last year's total and has done so in just under half as many plate appearances.