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White Sox pitching prospect Dane Dunning dealing with forearm discomfort

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White Sox pitching prospect Dane Dunning dealing with forearm discomfort

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.

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.

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Tim Anderson helped off field with ankle sprain, will be reevaluated Wednesday

Tim Anderson helped off field with ankle sprain, will be reevaluated Wednesday

White Sox fans saw a sight they hoped they'd never see Tuesday night.

Tim Anderson was helped off the field with an ankle injury in the fifth inning of Tuesday night's game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, hurt while making a play on a ground ball on a wet night in Massachusetts.

The White Sox announced later in the evening that Anderson has a sprained ankle and that X-rays were negative. The team added that Anderson will be reevaluated Wednesday.

Anderson made an on-the-run throw to nab J.D. Martinez at first base, but a play that Anderson has made look fairly routine over the past couple seasons this time included a slip on the rain-soaked infield. The White Sox star shortstop fell to the ground in pain immediately. After having his ankle briefly checked by the trainer, Anderson was helped off the field, into the dugout and into the clubhouse.

The rain poured down on Fenway Park on Tuesday night. The start of the game was delayed a half hour, but the teams played through steady rains throughout, worsening playing conditions, something the White Sox and every team across baseball have had to deal with quite often this season.

The degree of Anderson's ankle sprain is unknown, but the sight of him coming off the field was a nightmarish one for the White Sox and their fans. A sigh of relief came with the team's update, which did not include the words "Achilles" or "tear."

Anderson has emerged as one of the faces of the franchise this season, earning AL Player of the Month honors after a sensational April and earning national attention for flipping his bat after home runs and his mission to make what he calls a "boring" game more fun. He's got a .317/.342/.491 slash line on the season.

Anderson is undoubtedly a core piece for the rebuilding White Sox, who can pen him in as their shortstop of the future as well as the present.

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Baseball Night in Chicago Podcast: Will the White Sox get a win in Boston against the former World Series Champs?

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Baseball Night in Chicago Podcast: Will the White Sox get a win in Boston against the former World Series Champs?

Scott Podsednik and Doug Glanville join Leila Rahimi to talk all things Chicago baseball as the Cubs take on game two against the Braves and the Sox look to get a win in Boston.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below: