Player News - White Sox

Date: Team: Pos:

White Sox optioned OF Charlie Tilson to Triple-A Charlotte.

Tilson has batted just .264/.331/.292 over 41 games with the big club this season. The White Sox will announce a corresponding move prior to Friday's game.
Jul 18 - 5:07 PM

White Sox released LHP Jairo Labourt.

Labourt, who signed a minor league contract with the White Sox in May, had made just five appearances with the club's rookie-level affiliate in the Dominican Summer League, yielding six runs -- three earned -- in 5 2/3 innings. The 24-year-old left-hander will try to latch on with a new organization.
Jul 18 - 11:49 AM

Leury Garcia went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base in a win over the Royals on Sunday.

Garcia's steal gives the outfielder 10 on the season, and he has yet to be caught. It makes back-to-back three-hit games for the outfielder and three-of-four, and his average jumps up to .290 from the .271 it was at on Wednesday. His ability to make contact makes him a decent bet to hit for average, but his lack of patience (six walks) and power (four homers) make him a better bench option on full-season fantasy rosters.
Jul 15 - 5:37 PM

Daniel Palka went 3-for-4 and hit two-run homer while scoring three runs in a victory over the Royals on Sunday.

Palka hit a two-run shot off of Burch Smith to give the White Sox a two-run lead in the first inning. It gives the outfielder 12 on the season, and it ups his slugging percentage to .480. Even with the three hits he's still hitting just .234 on the year, and it's unlikely that average is going to up considering his contact issues (79 strikeouts in 65 games).
Jul 15 - 5:33 PM

Yoan Moncada went 3-for-4 with a homer and a double along with three RBI in a rout of the Royals on Sunday.

Moncada had to leave Saturday's game against the Royals with a bruise right knee. He sure looked healthy on Sunday. He hit his 12th homer of the season off of Enny Romero in the fifth, and his double was the 19th of the season. The 23-year-old has been woefully inconsistent as you can see from his .238/.312/.437 line, but there have been flashes of brilliance in his 2018 campaign. He's certainly a candidate to improve over the second-half, but it's understandable if you're not willing to trust him just yet.
Jul 15 - 5:29 PM

Lucas Giolito threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings on Sunday in a 10-1 victory over the Royals.

This marks back-to-back strong starts for Giolito, which is nice to see considering he was pummeled for seven runs in the start before that, and if we're being honest, most of the starts before this as well. He did walk three, but he allowed just two hits, and he struck out six. There's still a chance Giolito has some long-term value for the White Sox, but let's keep in mind that the Royals are atrocious, and Giolito still owns an ERA of 6.18 even with the shutout innings. His next start will come sometime after the All-Star break.
Jul 15 - 5:25 PM

Bruce Rondon has elected free agency.

Rondon decided to decline his outright assignment and will now look to catch on in another organization. He'll have to settle for a minor league pact.
Jul 15 - 1:15 PM

Nate Jones (arm) is close to throwing a simulated game.

Jones will report to Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday and will throw a simulated game soon, which will be followed shortly after by a rehab assignment. It's sounding like he could return before the end of the month if all goes well, which is notable since he could serve as the White Sox' closer if/when Joakim Soria is traded.
Jul 15 - 12:58 PM

Jose Abreu went 1-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts during Saturday's shutout loss to the Royals.

Abreu has been in a slump for awhile but seems to be coming around a little bit. He was voted in to start the All Star game even though his statistics have taken a step back compared to prior years. He is on pace for the lowest batting average (by far) and the fewest home runs of his five-year career since defecting from Cuba. He's played 92 games so far and has a .256/.311/.444 slash line with 13 home runs and 52 RBI. His career slash line is .295/.352/.514 including this year's depressed numbers.
Jul 14 - 5:58 PM

Reynaldo Lopez surrendered five runs in 7 2/3 innings and was charged with a loss to the Royals on Saturday.

He served up a two-run homer to Jorge Bonifacio in the first inning and a two-run bomb to Salvador Perez in the eighth. The 24-year-old right-hander struck out seven, walked none and allowed nine base hits in the ballgame. He falls to 4-7 with a fairly good 3.91 ERA after 19 starts. He has lowered his ERA nearly a run compared to his 2017 rookie season, which is good of course, but he needs to improve his 82:47 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 112 2/3 innings if he wants to maintain long-term success.
Jul 14 - 5:38 PM

Yoan Moncada left Saturday's game against the Royals with a bruised right knee.

He's day to day, the team said, and X-rays came back negative. Moncada may sit out Sunday's first half finale to give him a handful of days of rest before the season's second half picks up late next week, but he should be able to avoid a DL stint.
Jul 14 - 4:23 PM

Nate Jones (arm) threw his second live bullpen session on Saturday without any issues.

The right-hander appears to finally be making some progress in his recovery from a pronator strain in his right arm. He's inching closer to a minor league rehab assignment and could be ready to rejoin the White Sox' bullpen before the end of the month.
Jul 14 - 1:00 PM

James Shields improved to 4-10 after allowing four runs (two earned) over 6 2/3 innings against the Royals on Friday.

Shields limited his former team to two runs over the first six innings before Jorge Bonifacio chased him from the game with a two-run double in the seventh. The veteran right-hander struck out seven and walked a pair in the victory and has now worked into the seventh inning in three out of his last four starts. Still, he doesn’t come recommended in fantasy leagues. Shields will head into the break with a 4.43 ERA and 92/49 over 126 innings.
Jul 14 - 1:31 AM

Joakim Soria tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the Royals on Friday for his 14th save of the season.

Soria fanned two batters in the inning while throwing 12 out of 14 pitches for strikes. The 34-year-old took a blown save against the Astros last week, but he’s been very good for the great majority of the year. He holds an impressive 2.75 ERA and 45/9 K/BB ratio over 36 innings. Look for him to be dealt to a contender this month.
Jul 14 - 1:30 AM

Leury Garcia finished 3-for-5 with a homer, three RBI, and two runs scored in a win over the Royals on Friday.

Garcia put two runs on the board with a double against Brad Keller in the first inning before taking Tim Hill deep for a solo shot in the sixth. Patience isn’t a big part of Garcia’s game, but he’s put up some decent numbers when called upon this year, batting .280 with four homers, 20 RBI, and nine steals over 56 games. The speed is obviously the main draw here. There’s at least an opportunity for at-bats with Avisail Garcia sidelined due to more hamstring issues.
Jul 14 - 1:29 AM


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