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Word on the Street: Rose day-to-day with wrist sprain

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Word on the Street: Rose day-to-day with wrist sprain

Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010
CSNChicago.com

Rose has sprained wrist, day-to day

Monday night's Bulls-Pacers game provided a few terrifying scenes for Bulls fans. Nothing to do with the score, though - the Bulls trampled the Pacers by a final score of 92-73. The scary scenes came courtesy of Derrick Rose, who twice found himself on the floor writhing in pain after going to the basket hard. After his second fall, cause by a collision with Indiana's Brandon Rush, Rose could be seen holding his wrist.

Rose had an X-ray after the game, which came back negative, and was diagnosed with a sprained wrist and bruised elbow. His status for Wednesday's game in Toronto is unknown; he is currently listed as "day-to-day" according to CSNChicago.com Bulls Insider Aggrey Sam.

I know tomorrow is probably going to be a bad day, especially resting and sleeping, Rose said. Its going to be tight. Everything is going to be tight on my body, but Ill get treatment, and weve got to play in a couple more days. (Chicago Sun-Times)
Obama, Kobe talk smack
Kobe Bryant and his LA Lakers visited Washington D.C. on Monday to do community service with President Barack Obama at the local Boys & Girls Club. While there, Obama reportedly gave Kobe a hard time about LA's recent 88-84 loss at the hand of the president's home-town Bulls.

"My Bulls are showing some signs of life," Obama told Bryant. "Derrick Rose may have your number."

"I said, 'If he calls that number, I'll be sure to pick up after the fifth ring,'" Bryant replied. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Prior inks deal with Yankees

Former Cubs draft pick and star pitcher Mark Prior has reportedly signed a minor-league deal with the New York Yankees. The deal includes a big-league camp invitation and could be worth as much as 750,000, plus another 750,000 in incentives.

The Yankees just recently lost out on the Cliff Lee sweepstakes, but a reunion with former Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild in the Bronx may help turn Prior's career around. However, the issue with Prior has never been talent, but health, as the former ace has not pitched in the Major Leagues since 2006 now. He was 1-6 with a 7.21 ERA for the Cubs last year. (Chicago Tribune)

Hjalmarsson buys 1.32M home

Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson recently bought a 1.32 million four-bedroom town house in a gated development in River West. Hjalmarsson, a Swedish native, was drafted by the Blackhawks in 2005 and joined the team in 2008. The home is 4,000 square feet, has 12 rooms, 3-12 baths, a fireplace, and a two-car garage. Other star athletes living in the same community include Dwayne Wade and Shawn Marion. (ChicagoBreakingBusiness)

Jackson holds clinic for military families

Most people spend the weekend before Thanksgiving shopping for the massive feast to come or maybe cleaning their house in anticipation of visitors. Not Edwin Jackson. The White Sox starter spent his pre-thanksgiving weekend holding a free on-field clinic for children of military families at Fort Benning. Jackson's father, Edwin Sr., served as a cook manager and ran the mess hall at the base between 1991 and 1996.

"Definitely this becomes a long day, but it's worth it," said Jackson after the Fort Benning program. "It's worth it all around with all of the people you touch." (MLB.com)

Cliff Lee signs with Philadelphia

This offseason's most prized free agent has finally found a home. On Monday evening reports broke that Cliff Lee reached a preliminary agreement on a five-year, 100 million contract. The Phillies offer, which Lee ultimately accepted, is far less lucrative than other contracts that are rumored to have been offered to him. According to a person familiar with the Yankees' negotiations, New York's initial offer was six years, 138 million. After Carl Crawford agreed to his massive seven-year, 142 million contract with Boston the Yankees' offer reportedly increased to 150 million. (Tribune News Services)

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Discussing 2020 White Sox expectations

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Discussing 2020 White Sox expectations

SportsTalk Live is on location at McCormick Place to preview SoxFest 2020. Chuck Garfien and David Haugh join David Kaplan on the panel.

0:00 - White Sox manager Rick Renteria joins the guys to talk about the team's big offseason and the expectations for the 2020 season. He also talks about how the team with handle Michael Kopech (4:00) and what Dallas Keuchel brings to the rotation. (6:00) Plus, he explains how guys who turned the corner in 2019 like Lucas Giolito and Yoan Moncada can stay hot in 2020. (15:00)

17:00 - Steve Stone joins the guys to explain how the White Sox rebuild is going according to plan despite not landing one of the top free agents this winter. Plus, he updates his Twitter follower battle with Jason Benetti (23:00) and talks about how he would handle Michael Kopech's return. (25:30)

Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:

White Sox reward for winning the offseason: They get to talk playoffs ... or bust

White Sox reward for winning the offseason: They get to talk playoffs ... or bust

The White Sox know there is no trophy for winning the offseason.

Make no mistake, they did win the offseason, Rick Hahn’s front office adding enough veteran cache to vault the 89-loss South Siders from just another rebuilding team with a bright future to a team whose future is pulling into the station.

But there was no self-congratulating at Hahn’s pre-SoxFest press conference Thursday.

“Quite candidly, we haven't accomplished anything yet, we haven't won yet,” he said. “This whole process was about winning championships, was about finishing with a parade at the end of October down Michigan Avenue. Until that happens, I don't think any of us are really in a position to feel satisfied or feel like we've accomplished anything.

“We've had a nice winter. We've had, frankly, in our opinion, a real nice three years since we started (the rebuild) with the Chris Sale trade. We think very bright days are ahead of us, and we look forward to enjoying them. But in terms of feeling like we've accomplished something or feeling satisfied, ask me after the parade.”

Give me a second while I email that last bit over to our marketing department. They might be able to conjure up a few things with “ask me after the parade.”

But in all seriousness, Hahn is right. There is no trophy for winning the offseason. The act of signing free agents does not balance out all the losing over the last three seasons. Only winning can do that.

There has been, however, a reward for winning the offseason. Rick Renteria — and presumably all his players this weekend during SoxFest — get to talk about playoff expectations. Real ones.

“I would be disappointed if we don’t make the postseason,” Renteria said during his own session Thursday. “We want to break through. We want this to be an impactful season.”

As recently as a year ago, no matter how bright the future appeared to be, that comment would have raised eyebrows. It would not have been taken seriously. Now? It is the expectation.

Renteria has not been shy about the rebuilding White Sox turning the corner in 2020. He spent the last few weeks of the 2019 campaign making similar postseason proclamations. But now Hahn has backed his manager up with all this winter’s acquisitions.

The White Sox place in the standings by the end of September still figures to have a lot more to do with Yoan Moncada and Lucas Giolito and Eloy Jimenez and Tim Anderson and Luis Robert than any of the individual newcomers, even players as talented and accomplished as Yasmani Grandal and Dallas Keuchel. The core is that important. But the outsiders brought in this offseason have embodied the turning tide — and given Renteria the chance to talk seriously about these kinds of big expectations for the first time in his tenure as the South Side skipper.

“I think, man for man,” he said, “now we at least have a little bit more ammunition to be able to go out and compete hopefully on a consistent basis and put those victories on the board.

“I’m not afraid of talking about high expectations and winning. … If we do our job and we go about preparing and hopefully the actions and performances come to fruition, we should be on top of the victory column in terms of wins and losses. And there’s nothing beyond my thought that doesn’t say that I expect us to compete and be in conversation for postseason play.”

Hahn isn’t quite as willing to declare the 2020 season “playoffs or bust” because he’s still got his eye on the long term, the same place it’s been throughout this rebuilding process. That next parade down Michigan Avenue is supposed to be merely the first.

And so while the White Sox can reap the rewards of Hahn’s offseason work in the form of preseason talk, he’ll bask in nothing more than setting up his team for that long-term postseason success.

“I think the expectations are understandably high, at least when you talk to Ricky or the coaches or any of the players or anyone in uniform. Their expectation is that this team is in a position to win in the 2020 season, which is exactly where all of us in the front office would want them to be,” he said. “That said, whether you're talking Jerry (Reinsdorf) or Kenny (Williams) or myself, the entire purpose of this rebuild was to put ourselves in a multi-year position to win multiple championships.

“So the progress that we make in any given offseason has to be viewed not just about what's going to happen in that upcoming season, but what position that puts us in toward accomplishing that long-term goal. We want to make sure that we are well positioned, once that window opens, to win as many championships as possible.

“When that window opens, we're going to find out together. I certainly think the players in uniform think it's going to happen come Opening Day of this year. Whether we're blessed with good health and continued progress from our young players, we're going to find out together.

“But we look at it, in the front office, from a multi-year perspective. The guys in uniform are going to do everything in their power to make it about now, which you've got to appreciate.”

That’s going to be the theme of this weekend, as White Sox fans descend on SoxFest with more excitement than they have in years. This is a White Sox team expected to reach October, and that hasn’t exactly been common, as evidenced by the franchise’s more than decade-long postseason drought.

Hahn can talk about putting the team in good position for 2021 and 2022 and 2023 and beyond all he wants. The fans are finally — and with good reason — thinking playoffs or bust for the upcoming season.

And the manager agrees.

“I see our club, and I want to go into this season thinking I don't want to miss an opportunity,” Renteria said. “That's my goal right now, not to miss this opportunity. Expectations bread opportunities. I'm not afraid of expectations because it breads opportunity. I want to attain and complete those tasks that I think our club is going to have a chance to be able to do.

“I'm not afraid to say it.”

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