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Daily White Sox prospects update: Sixth straight multi-hit game for Eloy Jimenez


Daily White Sox prospects update: Sixth straight multi-hit game for Eloy Jimenez

Here's your daily update on what the White Sox highly touted prospects are doing in the minor leagues.

Double-A Birmingham

Eloy Jimenez doubled and homered, driving in a pair of runs in a 6-2 loss. The long ball was Jimenez's sixth of the season and his second in his last three games. He has picked up multiple hits in each of his last six games, a span during which he's slashed .481/.500/.852 with four doubles, two homers and five RBIs. Also Sunday, Ian Clarkin pitched. He gave up five runs on nine hits and two walks in five innings.

Triple-A Charlotte

Michael Kopech struggled Sunday, lasting just three innings in a 4-3 loss. He allowed just two runs on one hit but walked four, also recording three strikeouts. Casey Gillaspie had two hits: a double and a homer.

Class A Winston-Salem

Dylan Cease allowed just one earned run in his six innings of work. Despite surrendering eight hits and walking two batters, he struck out six and kept the damage to a minimum on the scoreboard. His ERA is at 1.95 on the season. Blake Rutherford tripled, and Luis Alexander Basabe walked three times in a 5-3 win.

Class A Kannapolis

Kannapolis won its game 4-3.

Chicago White Sox injury update provides good and bad news

Chicago White Sox injury update provides good and bad news

The White Sox announced a lot of great injury updates on Tuesday, but with the good came some bad news as well.

José Abreu is back in the White Sox lineup after he was taken out in the 8th inning on Monday night with a hip stinger. So is Tim Anderson who was activated from the 10-day IL list after he suffered a groin strain. Edwin Encarnacion also makes his first appearance in the White Sox lineup since Aug. 4 when he hurt his shoulder.

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As for Abreu, manager Rick Renteria says the injury was never very serious, and Abreu didn’t even want to come out of the game.

“Looking at the video it looks like he was at full extension when his foot hit the bag,” Renteria said. “Heel to bag is what it looked like, kind of shot his leg up into his hip. It was just a little stinger. We took him out last night with just a little bit of caution.

“He didn’t want to come out, you know ‘Pito,’ he didn’t want to come out. But it was the right thing to do, and he’s in there again. He’s doing well.”

But as three return, another goes down. Leury García, the man who did an admirable job replacing Anderson while he was hurt, was placed on the 10-day IL with a strained left thumb. García hurt himself while sliding head-first into first base on Monday night.

Since Aug. 1, the White Sox’ first game without Anderson, García hit .304 and drove in four runs. But García’s real value to the Sox is his ability to place nearly every position on the field. That versatility is a luxury to Renteria, and will certainly be missed if the injury bug strikes another White Sox position player.

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As Dallas Keuchel calls out teammates' effort, White Sox response is critical

As Dallas Keuchel calls out teammates' effort, White Sox response is critical

While Rick Renteria’s decision to hold a team meeting before Monday’s game in Detroit wasn’t necessarily noteworthy, the White Sox's lackluster performance in the team's 5-1 loss to the Tigers following that meeting was significant – and concerning.

Just ask the starting pitcher.

“We just came out flat, and I feel like we just stayed flat the whole game,” Dallas Keuchel said. “We’ve got some guys coming out and taking professional at-bats, being professional on the mound and doing what it takes to win, and we’ve got some guys kind of going through the motions.”

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That’s a frustrated veteran calling out the effort of his teammates, which can be a tricky thing to do when you’ve made all of four starts in a White Sox uniform. But Keuchel was brought to Chicago for his experienced leadership and he’s been the team’s most steady performer through 17 games, giving the White Sox four chances to win in his four starts -- with only a 2-2 record to show for it.

Yes, the White Sox are banged up. Yes, they arrived in Detroit early Monday morning after a grueling loss to the Indians on national television Sunday night.

Keuchel isn’t here for the excuses.

“We got in at 2:30 in the morning. We played a tough ballgame against the Indians. That’s who we’re going to have to beat if we’re going to win this division or we get into the playoffs,” Keuchel said. “It just seemed like we were taking a night off. We can’t afford that with a young core that we have here. We’ve got to show up every day, and even if there’s no fans, we’ve got to make sure that we’re ready to go. And if we’re not ready to go, we’ve got to fake it until we make it.”

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Keuchel was ready. It wasn’t his sharpest outing, but he only allowed three runs in six innings, once again giving his team a chance to win the game. Instead, the offense was lifeless, and the defense was sloppy, as an Adam Engel misplay in centerfield resulted in the second inside-the-park home run allowed in five days.

And all this after Renteria tried to get the team to regroup before the game. Team meetings aren’t uncommon at the start of road trips, but this one came after the team’s second 1-4 stretch of the season.

“(We met) about everything,” Renteria said before his team lost its fifth game in six days. “How we're proceeding, staying positive, trying to learn from everything that is going on. Trying to take advantage of every opportunity that they're getting, and I think they're looking forward to trying to have a nice game today.”

That didn’t happen. Sometimes you can chalk that up to it being baseball, but Monday was different, and Keuchel clearly saw a lack of focus in his teammates as he “emptied the tank” on the mound.

“We need to clean a lot of things up,” he said. “If we want to be in this thing at the end of the season, we’re going to have to start that now. Like I mentioned to you guys before, when you have enough talent to potentially win every game, it’s very frustrating when you have games like this, and it just seems like we were out of it from the get-go.”

The White Sox needed to hear the pitcher’s critical comments, but the response from the clubhouse could determine the direction this young team heads in with 43 games to go. Will they object to a new guy calling them out in the media? Or will they respect a veteran voice who was part of a Houston Astros team that successfully pulled out of a rebuild to win the World Series? And will Keuchel’s dubious connection to that Astros team hurt his credibility at all in this situation?

These are all fair questions, but the White Sox would be wise to listen to a guy who has logged 1325.2 Major League innings, pitched in the postseason four out of the last five years and hasn’t been on a losing team since 2014.

I don’t need to remind you that the White Sox haven’t had a winning season since 2012 and haven’t made the playoffs since 2008.

“There's going to be a lot of learning curves for this team just because of the process this team has kind of been under the last 2-3 years,” Keuchel said. “And this is one of them.”

Renteria wasn’t as willing to question his team’s effort after they fell to 8-9 on the season, but he did mention a need for accountability.

“My feeling is that I think we got a lot of guys that are going to be holding each other accountable in that clubhouse,” the manager said. “I'm very confident in that.”

Just minutes later, Keuchel said what he said.

Now it's up to his teammates to respond on the field.