Description: White Sox DH Adam Dunn is not a high-average hitter nor very good against left-handers, but he's a career .333 hitter (8-for-24) with a pair of long balls versus Royals southpaw Bruce Chen.
Insight: Dunn has hit .223 with 14 homers, 39 RBI this season, but just .152 with one home run against left-handers, This matchup goes against everything we know about Dunn.
Description: With seven innings of one-run ball Sunday against the Indians Chicago left-hander John Danks dropped his ERA below 4.00 for the first time since April 26.
Insight: Danks is over the shoulder troubles he dealt with in 2012 and 2013. He's gone 5-2 with a 2.69 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP over his last 67 innings after starting out 3-4 with a 5.64 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP in his first 52 2/3.
Description: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez (back) is not in the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Ramirez left Saturday's game with back stiffness. He made the All-Star team because his first two months were very strong, but he's batted .212 with one homer and a .534 OPS over his last 38 games.
Description: Chicago left-hander Chris Sale took a shutout into the eighth inning and left with a 4-1 lead Wednesday at Boston, but the White Sox bullpen gave away the game in the final 1 1/3 innings. Sale allowed four hits and one run, struck out six and walked none in 7 2/3 innings.
Insight: Chicago hasn't been able to solve its closing situation, which makes it all the more amazing that Sale is 8-1. The left-hander has a 2.08 ERA, a 0.84 WHIP and a 102/16 K/BB in 95 innings this season.
Description: Chicago third baseman Conor Gillaspie went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo homer Wednesday at Boston.
Insight: Gillaspie has finally started to hit for some pop after failing to hit one out of the park in his first 59 games. He's hit three in his last six games and is now batting .320 with 21 doubles, three triples, 33 RBI, 32 runs and an .835 OPS in 247 at-bats.
Description: Chicago left-hander Jose Quintana is nearly as hot as Seattle ace Felix Hernandez entering their Saturday afternoon showdown at U.S. Cellular Field.
Insight: Quintana and King Felix both enter with ERAs below 1.30 in their last three starts. Quintana has thrown seven innings in each of his previous three outings, recording 21 strikeouts along the way. Current M's haven't had much success against the under-the-radar starter, either, so he's definitely a smart play.
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is now the MLB leader with 27 home runs and tied for the lead with 69 RBI.
Insight: Abreu had the lead in both categories when he went on the disabled list with ankle inflammation on May 18, and he's made up ground after being passed up while recovering. Since he returned from the DL, Abreu has hit 12 homers and driven in 27 runs in 29 games.
Description: Chicago left-hander Chris Sale struck out 12 batters and didn't walk anyone in a complete-game 7-1 win over the Seattle Mariners Friday.
Insight: Sale took a shutout into the ninth inning. The left-hander missed nearly five weeks earlier this season due to an elbow injury, but he has a strong case to make the All-Star team with an 8-1 record, 2.16 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 96/16 K/BB in 87 1/3 innings.
Description: Chicago first baseman Jose Abreu went 1-for-3 with a homer and three RBI Tuesday against the Angels.
Insight: Abreu has kept up his prolific home run pace even after spending two weeks on the DL due to ankle tendinitis. He hit 10 homers in June and has 26 on the year after Tuesday's bomb. He's tied with Nelson Cruz for the MLB lead in homers.
Description: White Sox right-hander Zach Putnam earned his first career save Saturday at Toronto.
Insight: Chicago manager Robin Ventura mercifully removed Ronald Belisario from the closer role following Friday's game, and Putnam appears to be the next man up. He gave up three hits and one run in his 1 1/3 innings Saturday and has a 2.30 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP this season.
Description: Chicago left-hander Chris Sale hasn't had his best stuff or command over his last three starts, but he's managed to make it work (2-0, 3.32 ERA)
Insight: Sale has allowed 23 hits and walked seven batters in his last 19 innings (1.58 WHIP). However, he still has a 2.30 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP in 78 1/3 innings this season. The left-hander has thrown at least 100 pitches in six straight starts, which is a good sign after he missed five weeks with an elbow injury.
Description: Chicago first baseman Jose Abreu clobbered a pair of homers Friday in a victory over the Blue Jays.
Insight: Abreu (.280, 25 HR, 63 RBI) is on pace for 50 homers despite missing two weeks with ankle tendinitis last month. He's been way better than advertised and could wind up being an MVP candidate. Fantasy owners who paid top dollar for Abreu on draft day have to be feeling pretty good about their investment.
Description: White Sox DH Adam Dunn has struggled against Baltimore right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez throughout his career, notching just five hits in 32 at-bats (.156).
Insight: One of Dunn's five hits was a home run (no shock there) but he's struck out 19 times against the once-dominant right-hander. Dunn's average, however, is 71 points higher against right-handers this season and 11 of his 12 homers have come off righties. His OPS is also .875 on the road compared to .732 at home, so if you're feeling lucky, Dunn could surprise.
Description: Chicago starter Jose Quintana earned his first win in almost a month Tuesday against Baltimore.
Insight: Quintana held the Orioles to six hits and one earned run in seven innings of work. Despite a 4-7 record, Quintana owns a solid 3.69 ERA over 16 starts this season. His next start will come Sunday against Toronto.
Description: Chicago catcher Tyler Flowers is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against Minnesota.
Insight: Its just a routine day game after a night game off for the White Sox starter. Flowers is batting .244 this season with five homers. Adrian Nieto will make the start, but he's done little in his 51 at-bats to date.
Description: Chicago shortstop Alexei Ramirez has collected seven hits in 18 at-bats against Angels starter C.J. Wilson.
Insight: The righty-swinging Ramirez has been much better against right-handed pitchers than lefties this season, but he's been the opposite in previous years and will get to face Wilson Sunday. The shortstop hasn't tailed off after a hot start and is still batting .321 with seven homers, 36 RBI, 34 runs and 12 steals.
Description: White Sox DH/1B Paul Konerko should get the nod over Adam Dunn on Tuesday against Dodgers starter Dan haren.
Insight: Adam Dunn is just 2-for-18 (.111) against the right-hander while Konerko is a career .381 hitter with a home run versus Haren (8-for-21). Jose Abreu is back from the disabled list so neither Dunn or Konerko has the option of playing at 1B.
Description: The White Sox have sent infielder Marcus Semien down to Triple-A Charlotte.
Insight: Semien's fate was probably sealed as soon as Conor Gillaspie came off the disabled list. He played sparingly in May and only managed five hits over his final 24 at bats. The 23-year-old should get another shot at the majors later this season.
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (ankle) will return to the lineup Monday, according to Seth Gruen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Insight: Abreu was leading the AL in home runs and RBI two weeks ago when he went on the DL with ankle inflammation. He should pick up right where he left off, although tonight he faces two-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw.
Description: Chicago left-hander Chris Sale wasn't messing around Sunday against San Diego.
Insight: Sale limited the Friars to two hits and one run over nine impressive innings. He struck out nine without allowing a walk. Sale has been a machine this season, logging a 1.59 ERA over 45 1/3 innings. He hasn't lost a decision since September.
Description: White Sox left-hander Chris Sale threw just three innings Tuesday night due to a two-hour rain delay.
Insight: Sale didn't allow a hit and is clearly in the zone since coming off the disabled list. In fact, in his last three starts going back to before he suffered his elbow injury, Sale has allowed just two hits and one run while striking out 24 batters in 16 innings.
Description: White Sox right-hander Ronald Belisario allowed six runs (five earned) in his first three save chances.
Insight: Chicago skipper Robin Ventura handed the closer role to Belisario when Matt Lindstrom suffered a torn tendon sheath in his ankle this past week, but he hasn't locked down the role. Ventura indicated after Belisario blew a save Saturday that the right-hander will remain the closer for now. Ventura hasn't been predictable in his closer decisions this season, so it's anyone's guess as to whether he'll go with Daniel Webb or Jake Petricka should Belisario falter again.
Description: Chicago left-hander John Danks threw eight shutout innings Saturday against the Yankees.
Insight: Unfortunately New York scored three in the ninth to tie the score, costing Danks what would have been his fourth win of the season. Saturday's outing was a huge improvement for Danks, who allowed eight runs on ten hits versus Houston earlier this week. His next start is scheduled for Friday against the Padres.
Description: White Sox left-hander Chris Sale (elbow) will return to the rotation Thursday against the Yankees, according to Jon Heyman of cbssports.com.
Insight: Sale was diagnosed with a strained flexor muscle in his left elbow after throwing 127 pitches in his last start on April 17. He was expected to make one more rehab start but the team reconsidered because he was so dominant in his first and looked great in his bullpen session this week. Be sure to clear a roster spot if Sale is on your fantasy DL.
Description: White Sox closer Matt Lindstrom will miss approximately three months after having surgery to repair a torn tendon sheath in his left ankle, according to the team's Twitter.
Insight: Lindstrom suffered the injury during Monday's game and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Ronald Belisario and Daniel Webb are the frontrunners for saves. The 34-year-old Lindstrom can be dropped in all leagues.
Description: White Sox closer Matt Lindstrom will need to undergo ankle surgery, according to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Insight: Lindstrom suffered a peroneal tendon subluxation in his left ankle during Monday's game and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Even if the surgery doesn't end his season, it will keep him out for a while. Ronald Belisario and Daniel Webb are the frontrunners for saves. The 34-year-old Lindstrom can be dropped in all leagues.
Description: White Sox left-hander Chris Sale (elbow) threw a bullpen session Tuesday and could be back against the Yankees this weekend, according to Dan Hayes of csnchicago.com.
Insight: Sale was diagnosed with a strained flexor muscle in his left elbow after throwing 127 pitches in his last start on April 17. He was expected to make one more rehab start but the team is reconsidering. Chicago wants to see how he responds to Tuesday's session before making a decision.
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (ankle) will be in a boot for the next several days, according to Dan Hayes of csnchicago.com.
Insight: Abreu will be reevaluated at some point during Chicago's upcoming 10-game homestand, which starts Thursday. Further evaluation on Monday confirmed that he only has inflammation and no structural damage.
Description: White Sox SS Alexei Ramirez is a career .444 hitter (8-for-18) against Royals left-hander Jason Vargas.
Insight: Ramirez is in the middle of his best career start, batting .320 with five homers, 28 RBI and an .830 OPS. Add in a strong wind blowing out to left field, with a hot hitter and a favorable matchup and you have a must-start candidate.
Description: White Sox backup catcher Adrian Nieto went 3-for-3 Sunday in a loss to Houston.
Insight: It's Nieto's second three-hit performance in his last four starts. With Tyler Flowers seeing most of the action behind home plate, fantasy owners can't rely on Nieto (.324, 0 HR, 3 RBI) for consistent production.
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left ankle, according to Scott Merkin of mlb.com.
Insight: Abreu's ankle soreness worsened Saturday and he was removed from Saturday's game for pinch-hitter Paul Konerko. It's a tough blow to fantasy lineups, as Abreu has 15 homers and 42 RBI this season. Konerko will see more playing time in Abreu's absence.
Description: White Sox left-hander Chris Sale (elbow) struck out 11 batters over four innings in a rehab start Friday night with Triple-A Charlotte. SOURCE: Scott Merkin, mlb.com
Insight: Sale was diagnosed with a strained flexor muscle in his left elbow after throwing 127 pitches in his last start on April 17. He's expected to make one more rehab start despite the dominant results Friday.
Description: White Sox closer Matt Lindstrom saved his sixth game of the season Wednesday.
Insight: With Nate Jones on the shelf, the White Sox stuck with Lindstrom through his shaky start (three blown saves in first four chances). He has a 3.50 ERA, a 1.50 WHIP and a 10/9 K/BB in 18 innings, making him a low-end option among closers.
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu hit a go-ahead three-run homer off Luke Gregerson in the top of the eighth inning Wednesday afternoon at Oakland.
Insight: Abreu now has 15 homers and 41 RBI. He's slugging .620, second in baseball to Troy Tulowitzki. We'll see if his 40 percent chase rate (seventh-highest in baseball) catches up to him once pitchers start making adjustments.
Description: The White Sox have designated infielder Jeff Keppinger for assignment.
Insight: With Conor Gillaspie (.313, 0 HR, 13 RBI) taking the reigns at third base, Keppinger's presence is no longer necessary. Keppinger should catch on with another team shortly, assuming he refuses a minor league assignment.
Description: Chicago outfielder Alejandro De Aza won't be in action Tuesday against Oakland. SOURCE: White Sox on Twitter
Insight: It's only his second absence of the season. The White Sox will go with a starting outfield of Dayan Viciedo (.303, 3 HR, 14 RBI), Leury Garcia (.216, 0 HR, 1 RBI) and Moises Sierra (.179, 1 HR, 4 RBI).
Description: Acting White Sox manager Mark Parent (Robin Ventura is away from the team for his daughter's college graduation) confirmed that Chris Sale (elbow) is scheduled to make two rehab starts. SOURCE: Bruce Levine, CBS Chicago
Insight: Sale was diagnosed with a strained flexor muscle in his left elbow after throwing 127 pitches in his last start on April 17. He could begin the rehab assignment on May 15, which would put him on track to return to the White Sox on May 25 against the Yankees.
Description: White Sox SS Alexei Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a triple, a home run and four RBI Friday against Arizona.
Insight: He went 4-for-5 Thursday to snap out of a 2-for-19 slump. Prior to Friday, he hadn't homered since April 16. The shortstop is batting .342 with five home runs, 25 RBI, 24 runs and five steals this season.
Description: White Sox 1B Jose Abreu exited Thursday's game with an ankle injury. SOURCE: Comcast Sportsnet Chicago
Insight: Don't worry, it's nothing serious. Even if he can't play first base for a couple of days, Abreu should be fine to DH. He's been the best power hitter in the American League this season with 12 HR in his first 143 at bats.
Description: White Sox DH Adam Dunn (calf) isn't in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Cubs.
Insight: Paul Konerko will start as the DH. Dunn was kicked in the calf Monday and the White Sox scratched him from Tuesday's lineup. He'll sit out again Wednesday with lefty Travis Wood on the mound for Chicago.
Description: White Sox right fielder Dayan Viciedo is hitless in 14 lifetime at bats against Justin Masterson.
Insight: Unfortunately, that's the pitcher Viciedo will have to face on Saturday. If it's any consolation, Viciedo owns the third-highest batting average in the American League this season (.337 in 92 at bats).
Description: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez hasn't had much luck against Indians starter Justin Masterson in his career.
Insight: Ramirez is 9-for-21 against him with seven strikeouts (.176 AVG). With Masterson (0-1, 4.84 ERA) throwing for Cleveland on Saturday, Ramirez (.356, 4 HR, 19 RBI) isn't likely to extend his hitting streak to six games.
Description: Its a small sample size, but Chicago shortstop Alexei Ramirez is 6-for-7 (.857) with a home run and a 2.286 OPS versus Cleveland starter Danny Salazar.
Insight: We have seen the best of Ramirez over these opening 29 games this season. He's batting .351 with four homers, 19 RBI and a career-high .910 OPS. Fantasy owners have been waiting six years for this type of production. He's a must start on Friday.
Description: Chicago third baseman Conor Gillaspie should be able to return from the DL as soon as he's eligible on May 7th. SOURCE: Daryl Van Schouwen, Chicago Sun-Times
Insight: He went on the DL last week with a sore hand. Fantasy owners would love to have Gillaspie and his .302 batting average back in the lineup and it sounds like that will happen sooner rather than later.
Description: Chicago shortstop Alexei Ramirez will have a tough matchup Wednesday when he faces Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer.
Insight: Tough is an understatement. This is more like impossible. Ramirez has managed just four hits in 44 lifetime at bats with Scherzer throwing (.091 AVG). Obviously that doesn't bode well for fantasy owners.
Description: White Sox manager Robin Ventura said the chances of left-hander Chris Sale (elbow) coming off the disabled list when he's first eligible May 3 are "slim at best." SOURCE: Scott Merkin, mlb.com
Insight: Sale was diagnosed with a strained flexor muscle in his left elbow after throwing 127 pitches in his last start on April 17. He's been playing catch and is hoping to avoid having to go on a minor league rehab assignment.
Description: The White Sox demoted right-hander Erik Johnson to Triple-A on Saturday.
Insight: Johnson, Chicago's top prospect, allowed four runs on four hits and four walks in 1 2/3 innings Friday against Tampa Bay and owns a 6.46 ERA this season. Chicago is down to just Jose Quintana and John Danks from its Opening Day rotation.
Description: Right-hander Scott Carroll is set to make his big league debut Sunday against Tampa Bay. SOURCE: Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times
Insight: Carroll earned the promotion after going 3-1 with a 1.57 ERA in four starts for Triple-A Charlotte. If Sunday's start is a success, Carroll could get a few more turns in the rotation while Chris Sale recovers from a strained flexor muscle.
Description: White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie has been placed on the disabled list, retroactive to April 22 due to soreness in his left hand.
Insight: The 26-year-old is quietly hitting .302 with seven doubles, 12 RBI and a .760 OPS in 16 games for the White Sox this season. Marcus Semien (.225, 3 HR, 13 RBI) should see most of the playing time
Description: White Sox DH Adam Dunn went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Thursday at Detroit.
Insight: As usual, Dunn (.266, 5 HR, 11 RBI) has a high strikeout rate (30 percent), but he's actually getting some good luck on balls in play this year. His .333 BABIP is 67 points higher than last year.
Description: Chicago right fielder Dayan Viciedo has gone 14-for-24 (.583) with four doubles, one home run, five RBI and six runs over his last six games.
Insight: Viciedo took over the starting job in right field when Avisail Garcia suffered a season-ending injury and has hit .377 in 69 at-bats. His strikeout rate is down from 20.7 percent in 2013 to 14.5 percent this year, but he also has benefited from a .431 BABIP and only has one home run all season.
Description: White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham has been activated from the disabled list and is in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Beckham missed the first few weeks of the season with a strained oblique. His return will mean less playing time for Marcus Semien (.234, 3 HR, 13 RBI) and Conor Gillaspie (.302, 0 HR, 12 RBI).
Description: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez is just 4-for-42 (.095) against Detroit ace Max Scherzer.
Insight: Ramirez is off to a quick start, batting .352 with four homers, 15 RBI, 15 runs and a .944 OPS. he's hit safely in 21 of 22 games this season. All these numbers are well above his six-season averages and he's a "sell high" candidate. Don't start him against Scherzer.
Description: Chicago first baseman Jose Abreu socked a solo homer over the center-field wall off Justin Verlander in the top of the first inning Tuesday night.
Insight: That's the center-field wall at Comerica Park, 420 feet away from home plate, if you were wondering. Abreu went 2-for-3 with two runs in the game and has six homers on the young season. He's done a good job to shake off his first MLB slump, going 8-for-20 with three doubles and two homers after a 1-for-25 stretch.
Description: White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham should be activated from the disabled list later this week. SOURCE: WhiteSox.com
Insight: He's hoping to play this weekend against the Rays. Beckham missed the first few weeks of the season with a strained oblique. His return will probably mean less playing time for Marcus Semien (.227, 2 HR, 9 RBI) and Conor Gillaspie (.302, 0 HR, 12 RBI).
Description: White Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: The team was calling his ailment "general soreness" but he's since been diagnosed with a strained flexor muscle. Sale (3-0, 2.30 ERA, 0.841 WHIP, 29Ks in 27.1 IP) recorded a season-high ten strikeouts in his last outing Thursday against Boston and has always been a fantasy stud.
Description: It didn't take long for Chicago first baseman Jose Abreu to break out of his 1-for-25 slump. He's gone 5-for-9 with three RBI over his last two games.
Insight: Three of those hits came in Sunday's blowout win over Texas. Up to this point, Abreu has performed about the way you would expect him to. He's provided strong power numbers for the White Sox (five HR, 17 RBI) but has not been able to hit for a high average (.243 in 19 games this season).
Description: White Sox right-hander Erik Johnson took a step in the right direction Tuesday against the Red Sox.
Insight: Johnson struck out a career-high nine batters and allowed one run on three hits in 6 2/3 innings. The 24-year-old gave up 11 earned runs on 19 hits over 10 1/3 innings in his first two starts.
Description: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez hit another homer Sunday against Cleveland.
Insight: Ramirez went 2-for-4 and is now hitting .420 with three home runs, 12 RBI, 11 runs and three steals despite batting mostly out of the seven- and eight-hole. His home run total declined in each of the last three years down to six in 2013 but his steal total increased in the last two up to 30 in 2013. Maybe he can finally put the 20-homer power he flashed as a rookie in 2008 together with baserunning ability he displayed last year.
Description: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez has started the season on fire.
Insight: Ramirez is 16-for-38 (.421) with four doubles, two homers, nine RBI, two steals, eight runs and a 2/3 K/BB. He has driven in seven runs over the last five games. The 32-year-old's homer total decreased in each of the last three seasons down to six last year but his steals increased from seven in 2011 to 30 last season.
Description: Chicago first baseman Jose Abreu had his second two-homer game in three days Thursday against the Indians.
Insight: Abreu is the latest Cuban position player to get off to a fast start in the majors, following Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig. He's hitting .300 with three doubles, a triple, four homers, an MLB-leading 14 RBI and seven runs in 40 at-bats.
Description: White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia (torn labrum) is done for the season, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Garcia will undergo surgery within the next week after suffering the injury while trying to make a diving catch Wednesday. The promising 22-year-old won't be seen again until 2015. His absence will open up more at-bats for Dayan Viciedo and Paul Konerko.
Description: White Sox right-hander Erik Johnson is off to a shaky start this season.
Insight: Johnson has allowed 19 hits and 11 earned runs in 10 1/3 innings. MLB.com rated him as Chicago's top prospect before the season began after he went 12-3 with a 1.96 ERA, a 0.99 WHIP and a 131/40 K/BB in 142 minor-league innings last year. He also had a terrible spring (6.35 ERA, 1.53 WHIP in 17 IP) so avoid him until further notice.
Description: Chicago right fielder Avisail Garcia jammed his left shoulder while attempting to make a diving catch Thursday. X-rays ruled out a fracture, separation or dislocation, according to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Insight: Garcia had his MRI in a sling after the game and will have an MRI Thursday. The 22-year-old went 4-for-5 with two homers Tuesday and walked twice Wednesday.
Description: White Sox second baseman Marcus Semien ripped four hits Tuesday in a victory over Colorado.
Insight: It's the seventh multi-hit game of Semien's career and his first of the four-hit variety. The jury's still out on Semien's fantasy potential but at least he's hanging in there with a .273 average in the month of April (9-for-33).
Description: Chicago first baseman Jose Abreu showed off his power by swatting two long balls Tuesday in a blowout win against the Rockies.
Insight: Coors Field, aka Hitter's Paradise, was up to its usual tricks on Tuesday night. In total, seven balls left the yard with six of those round-trippers belonging to the White Sox. Abreu is tied with Minnesota's Chris Colabello for the league-lead in RBI with 11 through eight games.
Description: Rangers castoff Tommy Hanson has caught on with the White Sox. SOURCE: Jon Heyman, CBS Sports
Insight: It's a minor league contract. Hanson was a total disaster in Anaheim last season (4-3, 5.42 ERA) and was just as bad with Texas during spring training (0-2, 6.43). It's going to take a lot for him to get back on the fantasy radar.
Description: Chicago right-hander Nate Jones (hip) is expected to miss more than 15 days, according to Dan Hayes of csnchicago.com.
Insight: He strained a hip muscle on April 3. Jones was the favorite to win Chicago's closer job but manager Robin Ventura went with Matt Lindstrom and Jones then allowed four runs without getting an out in middle relief. His ERA and WHIP will remain infinite until he returns from the DL.
Description: If White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo gets a chance to start against lefty Bruce Chen, he is a worthy gamble for fantasy owners. Update: Viciedo is starting and batting cleanup.
Insight: Viciedo is 10-for-29 (.345) with three homers versus Chen. He stuck in a backup role behind Alejandro de Aza, Adam Eaton and Avisail Garcia and may not get the opportunities he saw over the past two seasons. Start him on Saturday.
Description: If White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo gets a chance to start against lefty Bruce Chen, he is a worthy gamble for fantasy owners.
Insight: Viciedo is 10-for-29 (.345) with three homers versus Chen. He stuck in a backup role behind Alejandro de Aza, Adam Eaton and Avisail Garcia and may not get the opportunities he saw over the past two seasons.
Description: Chicago catcher Tyler Flowers stayed hot with three hits Friday against Kansas City.
Insight: Norichika Aoki's fielding error in the eighth inning broke up a string of seven straight hits for Flowers. He's hitting .571 this season but don't expect it to last. Flowers is just a .210 career hitter in 196 major league appearances.
Description: White Sox reliever Nate Jones re-injured his left glute Thursday in a loss to Minnesota. SOURCE: Dan Hayes, Comcast Sportsnet Chicago
Insight: Once considered the favorite to fill Chicago's vacancy at closer, Jones has imploded, allowing four earned runs this season without recording an out. We're guessing he won't be available for Friday's game in Kansas City.
Description: If White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo gets a chance to start againat Minnesota hurler Kevin Correia you should consider him for a spot start as he's 5-for-8 with a couple of extra base hits and a 1.792 OPS in their matchups.
Insight: Viciedo is stuck in a backup role behind Alejandro de Aza, Adam Eaton and Avisail Garcia and may not get the opportunities he saw over the past two seasons. He averaged 473 at-bats and 19.5 homers over that span.
Description: Chicago left fielder Alejandro De Aza blasted two home runs off Ricky Nolasco Monday against the Twins.
Insight: De Aza lost both his starting center-field job and the leadoff spot in the order to Adam Eaton, and he'll split time with Dayan Viciedo in left field. Monday's results should help him remain on the heavy side of that platoon early this season.
Description: The White Sox will go with Matt Lindstrom at closer to start the season. SOURCE: Daryl Van Schouwen, Chicago Sun-Times
Insight: Nate Jones had been the favorite to snag the closer's job, but Robin Ventura has decided to go with the 34-year-old Lindstrom. A setup man the past few seasons, Lindstrom hasn't been a full-time closer since 2010 with Houston.
Description: Chicago second baseman Gordon Beckham (oblique) will begin the season on the disabled list, according to Scott Merkin of mlb.com.
Insight: Beckham had a promising rookie year in 2009 but has posted an OPS south of .700 in each of the last four seasons. There's no reason to own him in mixed leagues. With Jeff Keppinger (shoulder) also starting the season on the DL, Marcus Semien will start at second base.
Description: The White Sox have signed left-hander Jose Quintana to a five-year extension. SOURCE: Scott Merkin, MLB.com
Insight: The deal could be worth up to $26 million if Quintana gains Super 2 status. He's had a shaky spring so far (0-2, 16.36 ERA in five appearances) but we're confident Quintana will get it together by the time the regular season starts.
Description: The White Sox are still undecided on who will be their closer in 2014, according to Scott Merkin of mlb.com.
Insight: Chicago is in search of a new closer after trading Addison Reed to the Diamondbacks. Injuries and Ronald Belisario's visa issues delayed the process, but everyone is now healthy and in camp. Nate Jones is the favorite, followed by Matt Lindstrom, Belisario and Scott Downs.
Description: The White Sox optioned third baseman Matt Davidson to Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday.
Insight: Chicago dealt closer Addison Reed to get Davidson from the Diamondbacks this offseason, but it has decided to begin the season with Conor Gillespie at the hot corner even though Davidson has hit .308 with two home runs this spring. Davidson has hit 78 homers over the last four minor-league seasons.
Description: Chicago first baseman Jose Abreu (ankles) will get a few days off to rest, according to csnchicago.com.
Insight: Abreu has been playing with sore ankles and the White Sox want to make sure he is healthy for the start of the regular season. The Cuban first baseman has been as good as advertised this spring, hitting .317 with two homers and nine RBI in 41 at bats.
Description: White Sox pitcher Josh Quintana gave up nine earned runs without getting an out during Tuesday's Cactus League start against the Athletics and has a 30.00 ERA, but the team isn't panicked about his struggles this spring. SOURCE: Dan Hayes, csnchicago.com
Insight: "It just looks a little flat," manager Robin Ventura said. "But velocity is there. Really in the middle of the plate is where he was today. His cutter wasn't as sharp as it was in the past. That could be from getting on top of it and not having as much slide across the plate. He was in the middle today. ... You definitely think about it, but I wouldn't say it's a concern." A National League scout said he didn't detect any obvious arm issues but though the lefty had a poor delivery. Quintana went 9-7 with a 3.51 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP and 164 strikeouts in 200 innings last season.
Description: Chicago second baseman Gordon Beckham will be shut down for the next week with a strained oblique. SOURCE: Scot Gregor, Daily Herald
Insight: Beckham's 2013 season was disappointing to say the least. With just five hits in his first 30 spring training at bats (.167 AVG), 2014 isn't off to such a great start either. Avoid him in fantasy leagues.
Description: Nate Jones, one of the White Sox's top closer candidates, threw about 40 pitches in a bullpen session Wednesday and felt fine, according to JJ Stankevitz of csnchicago.com. Jones has been out with a gluteal strain and is targeting Saturday for his Cactus League debut.
Insight: Chicago is in search of a new closer after trading Addison Reed to the Diamondbacks. The hard-throwing Jones has a good shot to win the closer job, as Ronald Belisario still hasn't arrived to camp due to visa issues and Matt Lindstrom aggravated an oblique injury. Scott Downs and rookie Daniel Webb are the other options.
Description: According to mlb.com, Ronald Belisario still hasn't reported to White Sox camp due to visa issues.
Insight: Robin Ventura had no updates on the situation Tuesday, saying only that "it's gone dark." Belisario's chances of grabbing the closer role are all but gone. It will either be Nate Jones, Matt Lindstrom, Daniel Webb or Scott Downs closing games for the White Sox to start the season.
Description: Nate Jones, one of the White Sox's top closer candidates, could return from a gluteal strain as soon as Saturday, according to Scott Merkin of mlb.com.
Insight: Chicago is in search of a new closer after trading Addison Reed to the Diamondbacks. The hard-throwing Jones is competing with veterans Scott Downs, Ronald Belisario, Mitchelle Boggs and Matt Lindstrom for the job after posting a 4.15 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 78 innings last season.
Description: Nate Jones, one of the White Sox' top closer candidates, said he no longer feels any of the effects of a gluteal strain that kept him out the first week of camp. SOURCE: csnchicago.com
Insight: Chicago manager Robin Ventura said that Jones isabout a week behind his teammates and won't pitch in the early portion of the White Sox' Cactus League schedule. However, Ventura expects him to be ready for the season. Chicago is in search of a new closer after trading Addison Reed to the Diamondbacks. The hard-throwing Jones is competing with veterans Scott Downs, Ronald Belisario, Mitchelle Boggs and Matt Lindstrom for the job after posting a 4.15 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 78 innings last season.
Description: Chicago 1B/DH Adam Dunn says he plans to continue his career beyond this season. SOURCE: WhiteSox.com
Insight: Dunn has contemplated retirement in the past but insists it's not on his mind right now. The 34-year-old is 39th on MLB's all-time home run list with 440 jacks in 6,454 career at bats. Dunn made headlines earlier this week with the news that he might be present at the Oscars after playing a small role in the Academy Award-nominated Dallas Buyers Club.
Description: Relief pitcher Matt Lindstrom could end up starting the season as the White Sox closer as he has more experience at it than Chicago's other options. Pitching coach Don Cooper called Lindstrom, Nate Jones and Daniel Webb as the three likeliest closer candidates in a CSNChicago.com report.
Insight: We think its possible that Lindstrom will start the season as the closer if he shows well in spring training, but by the end of the season it will be Jones' job. Its certainly worth watching as he'd be a cheap source of saves.
Description: White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said to pencil in Erik Johnson as a starter next season.
Insight: A second-round selection (80th overall) in the 2011 Amateur Draft, Johnson had five major league starts last season. He went 3-2 with a 3.25 ERA and 1.55 WHIP. Not great, but not horrible either. He was also 12-3 with a 1.96 ERA and 0.986 WHIP in 24 minor league starts.
Description: Diamondbacks third base prospect Matt Davidson has been traded to the Chicago White Sox for closer Addison Reed.
Insight: The 22-year-old Davidson could open the season as the White Sox starter at third base. He hot just .237 in 76 at-bats with Arizona, but banged out 17 HR at Triple-A. The last time Chicago had a fantasy quality was 2006 when Joe Crede batted .283 with 30 HR and 94 RBI.
Description: Paul Konerko isn't going anywhere. The veteran first baseman has agreed to a $2.5 million contract that will keep him in Chicago for another season. SOURCE: Scott Merkin, MLB.com
Insight: Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn are likely to see most of the reps at first base which means Konerko probably won't be an everyday player anymore. Because of this, his fantasy use will be limited to AL-only formats.
Description: Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu has agreed to a record-breaking six-year, $68 million deal with the White Sox. SOURCE: Jesse Sanchez, MLB.com
Insight: The Red Sox, Astros and Rangers were also bidding on the talented 26-year-old. It's the largest contract ever given to an international player, topping the $56 million Texas paid for Yu Darvish in 2012. Abreu's presence now makes veteran first baseman Paul Konerko expendable.
Description: White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo has gone 10-for-27 (.370) with three home runs against Royals starter Bruce Chen.
Insight: Viciedo has dropped off from 25 homers and 78 RBI a year ago to 14 home runs and 56 RBI this season. The outfielder has hit .333 with four homers, 19 RBI and an .863 OPS over his last 29 games, though, and is in a position to finish the season with a big game against Chen.
Description: White Sox DH Adam Dunn is 4-for-26 (.154) with 12 strikeouts against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Dunn hit .286 with 22 homers, 61 RBI and a .945 OPS from May 14 to Aug. 17, but he bookended that with a .133 average, six homers, 12 RBI and a .535 OPS from April 1 to May 13 and a .115 average, four homers, 10 RBI and a .431 OPS from Aug. 18 to Sept. 24. It's safe to drop him.
Description: Thursday's starter Jeremy Guthrie of the Royals has limited White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez to a .158 average in their previous meetings.
Insight: That has come across 38 at-bats. Ramirez has set new career lows with five homers and 47 RBI while producing career highs with 39 doubles and 30 steals. He shouldn't be started Thursday based on his past struggles against Guthrie.
Description: Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko left Tuesday's game after fouling a ball off his knee, according to Scott Merkin of MLB.com.
Insight: Konerko is expected to address his future during Chicago's final homestand this weekend, ESPN Chicago reported earlier today. The 37-year-old has hit just .248 with 11 homers, 53 RBI and a .672 OPS in 508 plate appearances this season.
Description: White Sox lefty Chris Sale fired 7 2/3 shutout innings Saturday in a no-decision against Detroit.
Insight: Because it's the White Sox we're talking about, the Tigers ended up winning 7-6 in extra innings. If the sabermetricians had their way, Sale (2.97 ERA) would probably be the frontrunner for the AL Cy Young. Unfortunately for Sale, his 11-13 record will probably prevent him from winning the award.
Description: White Sox DH Adam Dunn shouldn't be started with Anibal Sanchez on the mound Sunday.
Insight: In fact, you might want to drop Dunn altogether. He hasn't had a multi-hit game since August 17 and is hitting .120 (12-for-100) over his last 29 games. He's 7-for-30 (.233) with zero homers and 14 K against Sanchez.
Description: White Sox starter Andre Rienzo has been scratched from his Friday night start.
Insight: Rienzo posted a 4.06 ERA and struck out 113 batters in 113 innings with Triple-A Charlotte this season, but has done little to excite fantasy owners with a 2-2 record, a 5.04 ERA and 1.56 WHIP. Dylan Axelrod (4-9, 5.33 ERA, 1.59 WHIP) will get the start in Rienzo's place.
Description: The White Sox will skip left-hander Hector Santiago's next start, according to Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com.
Insight: "The last few starts he's had, he just looks tired," manager Robin Ventura said. "Pitching as many innings as he has this year, just give him a rest and see what he does next time out." Overall, Santiago has thrown a career-high 142 2/3 innings and posted a 3.53 ERA this season. As a starter, he is 4-7 with a 3.47 ERA and 121 strikeouts in 124 1/3 innings.
Description: Chicago outfielder Avisail Garcia was scratched from Sunday's lineup to be with his pregnant wife and is questionable for Monday's game against Minnesota.
Insight: With the September roster exansion in effect, the White Sox can get by without him if necessary. The 22-year-old has hit .300 with two homers and a .733 OPS in his first 32 games with Chicago.
Description: Chicago outfielder Avisail Garcia was scratched from Sunday's lineup to be with his pregnant wife. SOURCE: Scott Merkin, MLB.com
Insight: With the September roster exansion in effect, the White Sox likely won't place Garcia on the paternity leave list. The 22-year-old has hit .300 with two homers and a .733 OPS in his first 32 games with Chicago.
Description: Chicago outfielder Avisail Garcia is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Tigers.
Insight: Garcia had a double root canal and missed Monday's game but he is already good to go. He has hit .320 with two homers since joining the White Sox in a three-team trade with Detroit and Boston.
Description: Chicago outfielder Avisail Garcia is doubtful for Tuesday's game against Detroit after having some dental work done.
Insight: Garcia was acquired from the Tigers as part of the Jake Peavy trade in late July. He's done well in his first stint as an everyday player, hitting .320 with 13 RBI in 27 games since the trade.
Description: Chicago outfielder Avisail Garcia will need a few days to recover after having some dental work done. SOURCE: Daryl Van Schouwen, Chicago Sun-Times
Insight: Garcia was acquired from the Tigers as part of the Jake Peavy trade in late July. He's done well in his first stint as an everyday player, hitting .320 with 13 RBI in 27 games since the trade.
Description: Gordon Beckham isn't the only White Sox player with a good history against CC Sabathia. Shortstop Alexei Ramirez has also had success against the lefthander.
Insight: He's hitting .423 against Sabathia in 26 prior engagements. Ramirez (.285, 4 HR, 43 RBI) is one stolen base away from 30, the first time he's approached that threshold in six major league seasons.
Description: White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham owns Yankees starter CC Sabathia.
Insight: Sabathia, who takes the hill for his 29th start of the season Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, has given up eight hits to Beckham in 20 at bats. Beckham broke out of an 0-for-11 drought by smacking two hits in Tuesday's loss.
Description: Ken Rosenthal from Fox Sports is hearing that White Sox DH/1B Adam Dunn may retire after the season.
Insight: He still has a year left on his contract and with 30 HR in 130 games this season, he's having a typical Adam Dunn year. So why would he quit? Well, perhaps it's because the game just isn't fun for him anymore. "I'm not coming back to chase home run numbers or whatever," Dunn told Rosenthal. "If I end up with 499 and I'm not having fun, see ya - 499 it is." As it stands now, the power-hitting Dunn is 41st on the all-time home run list with 436 blasts in 1,851 big league appearances.
Description: White Sox pitcher Josh Quintana only threw one inning (20 pitches) Monday against the Yankees due to a lengthy rain delay.
Insight: Quintana has had a solid campaign, going 7-4 with a 3.69 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and 139 strikeouts in 165 2/3 innings. Whether the White Sox choose to bring him back on three days rest or leave him on his regular routine, Quintana's next start will come at Baltimore.
Description: Chicago shortstop Alexei Ramirez had a fine afternoon Sunday against the Red Sox (3-for-5 with two stolen bases) but we wouldn't expect much from him Monday against New York.
Insight: Ramirez has been disastrous against starter Phil Hughes (1-for-11). Most days, Ramirez is an intriguing fantasy option due to his speed (29 steals) and high batting average (.288). Monday, however, we'd stash him on the bench.
Description: Chicago second baseman Gordon Beckham didn't play yesterday and it might be wise to sit him again Monday against New York.
Insight: That's because Beckham is only hitting .077 against Yankees starter Phil Hughes. Given the slump he's been in over the last week (just two for his last 19), we wouldn't recommend putting Beckham in your lineup on Labor Day.
Description: Chicago ace Chris Sale bounced back from allowing eight earned runs over seven innings by going eight innings and allowing one earned run on four hits Wednesday against the Astros.
Insight: A matchup with Houston is certainly a good way to get back on track. Sale struck out 12 batters Wednesday and is 10-12 with a 2.99 ERA and a stellar 193/39 K/BB over 180 1/3 innings this season.
Description: Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia exited Sunday's game after slamming into the wall chasing Jeff Baker's home run and is questionable for Monday's game against Houston with a head injury.
Insight: Garcia hit the back of his head and his right shoulder trying to make the catch and was shaken up. He passed a concussion test and is day-to-day.
Description: Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko's miserable season has gotten worse in August -- he's hitting .203 with a .603 OPS this month -- but a matchup with Texas' Matt Garza Sunday might be able to help Konerko recapture his youth for a day.
Insight: The 37-year-old Konerko owns a .467 average (7-for-15) with two doubles, three homers, two walks, seven RBI and zero strikeouts against Garza. If you're still holding onto Konerko, start him Sunday.
Description: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez is batting .326 with three homers, 13 RBI and an .837 OPS in August and owns a .389 lifetime average against Royals starter James Shields.
Insight: Ramirez had one homer all season coming into the month, but he has rediscovered his power stroke. The shortstop is 14-for-36 with two homers against Shields, so make sure he's in your lineup Thursday.
Description: Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko has struck out 11 times in 36 at-bats against James Shields of the Royals.
Insight: Konerko is 6-for-36 (.167) against Thursday's starter. After producing solid numbers for years, the 37-year-old has hit a wall in 2013, batting .241 with nine homers and a .662 OPS in 94 games.
Description: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer and three RBI Sunday against the Twins.
Insight: Ramirez has blasted three home runs this month after hitting zero from April 4 through Aug. 7. Continuing to provide even moderate power numbers would go a long way towards making him a serious fantasy option.
Description: White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie left Friday's game with a bruised left hand.
Insight: The 26-year-old Gillaspie has produced double-digit home runs, but not much else, batting .237 with a .667 OPS and zero stolen bases. There are better options at the hot corner even when he is healthy.
Description: White Sox DH/1B Adam Dunn has taken Twins starter Mike Pelfrey deep twice in their previous meetings and is 8-for-33 with five extra-base hits and eight walks against him.
Insight: After receiving horrific luck on balls in play over his first 55 games -- he had a .162 BABIP and a .156 average in that span -- Dunn has hit .366 on balls and play and .310 overall over his last 58 games. However, he only has three home runs over his last 31 games.
Description: White Sox DH/1B Adam Dunn is a career .353 hitter with a pair of home runs versus Detroit right-hander Rick Porcello.
Insight: The big man is actually hitting .294 since the All-Star break although he has just three homers in 25 games versus the first half when he blasted 24 home runs in 87 games, but batted .213. Which Dunn would you prefer? Wednesday you might get both the power and the average.
Description: Triple-A outfielder Avisail Garcia has been promoted to the major leagues.
Insight: Garcia, recently named the No. 5 prospect in baseball by ESPN's Jim Callis, was acquired from the Tigers at last week's trade deadline. With Alex Rios on his way to Texas, Garcia should be the team's starting right fielder for the forseeable future. If he's still available on the waiver wire make sure you snag him up quick.
Description: Chicago left fielder Dayan Viciedo is not in Friday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: He's been dealing with a sore thumb and that could be the cause, or they could just be wanting to play him in just one of the two games in today's doubleheader. Jordan Danks will get the start in center with Alejandro De Aza playing in left.
Description: The Rangers put in a waiver claim for White Sox right fielder Alex Rios on Thursday. SOURCE: Evan Grant, Dallas Morning News
Insight: Texas is desperate for a bat now that Nelson Cruz has been suspended for PED use. We'll see if the White Sox are willing to work out a deal, though at this point it seems unlikely. If the Sox had really wanted to move Rios they probably would have done it before last week's trade deadline.
Description: Chicago center fielder Alejandro De Aza ended things with a two-run triple in the bottom of the 12th inning Wednesday against the Yankees.
Insight: The White Sox were trailing 4-0 at one point in this game and were actually behind 5-4 heading into the bottom of the 12th. The triple was De Aza's third of the season. He's had a decent year with 13 HR and 13 steals in 108 games.
Description: White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo is a .333 hitter (5-for-15) with a pair of homers against Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer.
Insight: Viciedo had an excellent July - batting .303 with an .880 OPS. He has just nine homers this season after belting 25 last year and while he can be ignored most days, Saturday might be worth a flier.
Description: White Sox outfielder Alex Rios is a career .500 hitter (8-for-16) versus Detroit starter Doug Fister.
Insight: Rios exited Tuesday's game with a bruised foot after fouling a ball off it and was involved in some trade discussions, but his foot is OK and he's still with the White Sox following the trade deadline. He's batting .272 with 12 HR, 50 RBI and a .747 OPS and should be in all fantasy lineups on Friday.
Description: According to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, Alex Rios (foot) is in the White Sox lineup Wednesday against Cleveland.
Insight: Rios exited Tuesday's game with a bruised foot after fouling a ball off it and was involved in some trade discussions, but his foot is OK and he's still with the White Sox following the trade deadline.
Description: In his first career start, Andre Rienzo allowed three unearned runs in seven innings Tuesday against the Indians.
Insight: He struck out six and walked three. Rienzo posted a 4.06 ERA and struck out 113 batters in 113 innings with Triple-A Charlotte this season and is in line to replace Jake Peavy in the rotation if Peavy is traded prior to the deadline Wednesday.
Description: According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the White Sox are telling teams that they will keep Jake Peavy and attempt to build around him.
Insight: Olney suggests that the White Sox might just be trying to apply more leverage in trade talks. Peavy would be the best pitcher available at the trade deadline. He's 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP this season.
Description: White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn has a home run in 11 at-bats versus Cleveland starter Zach McAllister, but has also struck out eight times and walked three times.
Insight: In typical fashion, Dunn hasn't actually put the ball in play much in this matchup. Dunn had gone 13 straight games without hitting a homer until he hit one on Sunday afternoon, but you should still avoid this matchup.
Description: Chicago ace Chris Sale tossed his third complete game of the season Saturday versus Kansas City.
Insight: Yet somehow the White Sox managed to lose 1-0. Sale has to be frustrated with the lack of run support he's been getting. Chicago has been held scoreless in three of his last four starts. Sale has collected an ERA of 2.35 over that span.
Description: White Sox right fielder Alex Rios has managed one hit in 19 at-bats against Royals starter Wade Davis.
Insight: Davis has a strong case for baseball's worst pitcher this season -- he's 4-9 with a 5.92 ERA and a major-league worst 29.7 percent line-drive rate, so fantasy owners might want to roll the dice with Rios Saturday.
Description: White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy won his second straight start Thursday against the Tigers.
Insight: Peavy only gave up four hits in seven innings, but three of them were homers. He's 8-4 with a 4.20 ERA and a 76/17 K/BB in 80 innings this season and may have pitched his last game as a member of the White Sox.
Description: Add Oakland to the list of teams interested in Chicago starter Jake Peavy. SOURCE: Jon Heyman, CBS Sports
Insight: It's beginning to look more and more likely that Peavy (7-4, 4.19 ERA) will be dealt before the deadline. The Red Sox and Cardinals are also expected to make a push for the former Cy Young winner.