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White Sox officially designate Yonder Alonso for assignment among other roster moves


White Sox officially designate Yonder Alonso for assignment among other roster moves

The White Sox officially moved on from Yonder Alonso on Friday, designating the veteran hitter for assignment a day after it was reported they would do just that.

Alonso was acquired in a December trade with the division-rival Cleveland Indians, and while fans focused on the fact he was the brother-in-law of mega free agent Manny Machado, who the White Sox pursued all winter, general manager Rick Hahn touted the 2017 All Star's offensive ability and mentorship potential inside the clubhouse.

On the field, none of that panned out, with Alonso posting a woeful .178/.275/.301 slash line with seven homers and 27 RBIs in his 67 games. Fans directed much of their frustrations at him, and the White Sox clearly started looking elsewhere for production both with Alonso's limited use during the month of June and the promotion of Zack Collins, who looked primed to further eat into at-bats that before the season started were allotted for Alonso.

Alonso's departure will dominate the conversation Friday, but it was one of four roster moves the White Sox made at the outset of a weekend series against the first-place Minnesota Twins.

Tim Anderson expectedly landed on the 10-day injured list after suffering a high ankle sprain Tuesday night at Fenway Park. The severity of the sprain is still unknown, but Anderson will miss at least 10 days and likely won't see any further action before the All-Star break, which comes in little more than a week. The team will certainly address what will happen at shortstop while Anderson is on the shelf, but it looks like Leury Garcia and Jose Rondon sharing duties there is a safe bet.

The White Sox also brought Daniel Palka back from Triple-A Charlotte, where the lefty slugger had been since being sent down on April 17. Palka notably began the 2019 season with the major league team but went hitless in his first 32 at-bats before picking up a pinch-hit single in that April 17 game against the Kansas City Royals. His 1-for-35 start prompted his being sent down to Charlotte, where he was able to turn things around, with a .271/.374/.548 slash line and 16 home runs in 59 games. Palka's power bat figures to replace the one the White Sox thought they were getting in Alonso, and a three-position timeshare of sorts between Jose Abreu, James McCann, Collins and Palka could be in the works at catcher, first base and DH, though Palka is capable of playing right field, as well, and will likely see time there, too.

Finally, the White Sox called up starting pitcher Ross Detwiler, who they signed as a minor league free agent earlier this season. The team's shredded starting-pitching situation adds another name at the big league level, and it'll be Detwiler getting the start Friday night against the high-powered Twins. It will be Detwiler's first big league start since the 2016 season. At Charlotte, the left-hander posted a 3.98 ERA in eight starts, striking out 35 batters in 43 innings.

Who knows how long Detwiler might be around. But Tommy John surgeries for Michael Kopech and Carlos Rodon, far more minor injuries that Dylan Covey and Manny Banuelos are still recovering from and the failed experiments of Ervin Santana and Odrisamer Despaigne have pushed the depth to its limits. The White Sox did recently sign Hector Santiago for his third go-round with the organization, and top pitching prospect Dylan Cease figures to make his major league debut before long. But right now, it's Detwiler.

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NBC Sports Chicago to simulate White Sox games with MLB: The Show

MLB: The Show, via Forbes

NBC Sports Chicago to simulate White Sox games with MLB: The Show

Chicago, IL (April 1, 2020) – NBC Sports Chicago will present weekly Chicago White Sox MLB: The Show game simulations - based on the team’s original 2020 same day game schedule - beginning tomorrow, Thursday, April 2.  The network’s 2020 White Sox MLB: The Show “Game of the Week” simulations, which will include the same video and audio components of MLB: The Show gameplay, will debut every Thursday at 2:00 PM CT exclusively on NBCSportsChicago.com, the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app and YouTube.com/NBCSportsChicago.  NBC Sports Chicago’s White Sox experts Jason Benetti (@jasonbenetti) and Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) will also be a part of every game simulation, providing entertaining play-by-play and analysis via an in-game video chat.  (NOTE: Fans located anywhere in the U.S. can download MyTeams for free on iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.)

In addition, for all games that were originally scheduled to take place in between NBC Sports Chicago’s MLB: The Show “Game of the Week” simulations, fans can visit NBCSportsChicago.com and the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app for a quick “In :60” video highlight reel, along with a complete game recap.  Please note NBC Sports Chicago’s complete White Sox MLB: The Show game simulation schedule below (NOTE: All games debut at 2:00 PM CT; schedule subject to change):

Thursday, April 2 -- WHITE SOX at BOSTON (Red Sox home opener)
Thursday, April 9 -- WHITE SOX vs. SEATTLE (from Wed, Apr. 8 due to off day on Apr. 9)
Thursday, April 16 -- WHITE SOX vs. TEXAS
Thursday, April 23 -- WHITE SOX at LOS ANGELES (Angels)
Thursday, April 30 -- WHITE SOX at COLORADO (from Wed, Apr. 29 due to off day on Apr. 30)
Thursday, May 7 -- WHITE SOX vs. TAMPA BAY
Thursday, May 14 -- WHITE SOX vs. TORONTO
Thursday, May 21 -- WHITE SOX at MINNESOTA
Thursday, May 28 -- WHITE SOX at BALTIMORE

NOTE:  For the latest news, analysis, team/league updates and team-specific podcasts, fans are urged to visit NBCSportsChicago.com or download the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app.  

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Rick Renteria has a laugh at Cubs' expense in census PSA


Rick Renteria has a laugh at Cubs' expense in census PSA

"Even that team up in Wrigleyville counts."

White Sox fans probably have some varying opinions on that statement, but it was an unexpected laugh-worthy line in Rick Renteria's public service announcement encouraging folks to participate in this year's U.S. census.

In an otherwise standard pep talk from the South Side skipper, he assured every Chicago resident and every White Sox fan that they deserve to be counted in the every-10-years tally of the national population.

But even the manager had to chuckle when he got to this line: "I mean, even that team up in Wrigleyville counts."

Renteria has repeatedly expressed his lack of ill will toward his former employer on the other side of town and his gratitude for the Cubs giving him his first big league managerial job.

But a little neighborly ribbing between the two Chicago squads is always welcome. And in this case, it's for an important cause.

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