There's some concerning injury news out of White Sox camp.
Dane Dunning is dealing with forearm discomfort, according to Our Chuck Garfien, an unfortunate development for one of the White Sox highest-rated pitching prospects, a guy who Rick Hahn said in January would've been considered for the major league roster this spring if not for the elbow injury that ended his 2018 season in late June.
White Sox announce that Dane Dunning is dealing with forearm discomfort. He's being evaluated. Team will update over the coming days when more is known.— Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) February 26, 2019
Dunning, a 24-year-old right-hander ranked as the No. 80 prospect in baseball, wasn't invited to big league camp this spring, a decision Hahn explained away as an effort to ease Dunning back into things after all the missed time. Zack Burdi, the White Sox pitching prospect coming off his own Tommy John surgery, was given the same treatment.
Here's what Hahn had to say about Dunning during SoxFest in late January:
"The reason for that is we know he’s starting the season at Double-A Birmingham. He’s not making the big league club right now," Hahn said. "And in a season coming off of injury where he needs to be ready for that Birmingham schedule on April 6 or whenever his spot comes up, we don’t want him throwing pitches in anger on Feb. 25 when our Cactus League schedule starts. So he’s fine, we’re easing him back in, we expect him to be part of that Birmingham rotation.
"Quite frankly, had he not had the forearm setback last year, he probably would’ve been part of this conversation for the fifth spot coming into this season," he said. "He’s extremely polished, great pitch ability, great makeup. And the only thing that derailed his rapid ascent was the forearm issue. So we feel good about where he’s at."
Dunning was sensational in 2018, posting a combined 2.71 ERA with 100 strikeouts in 86.1 innings between Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham.
Dunning is being evaluated by the White Sox medical staff, so there's no telling how this could affect his 2019 season or long-term development.
It's the second injury to a White Sox prospect to this point in camp. Outfielder Luis Basabe suffered a broken bone in his hand last week.