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.
Description: According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Red Sox have been scouting White Sox righthander Jake Peavy.
Insight: With Clay Buchholz still dealing with shoulder issues and Jon Lester struggling, Boston could be in the market for a starter. Peavy wouldn't come cheap but if the Red Sox are looking to win the pennant in 2013, he might be worth the steep asking price. If the Red Sox can't land Peavy in a trade, they might look at other options including Matt Garza and Bud Norris.
Description: White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy (rib) will start Saturday against the Braves.
Insight: The White Sox activated Peavy (6-4, 4.30 ERA) from the 15-day disabled list Friday. The right-hander hasn't started since June 4 due to a fractured rib. He was 6-2 with a 2.97 ERA after May 25, but allowed 12 runs on 15 hits over 6 2/3 innings in his last two starts before the injury.
Description: White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn is a career .355 hitter with four long balls in 31 at-bats versus Atlanta veteran right-hander Tim Hudson.
Insight: Dunn has hit .309 with five home runs, 16 RBI and a 1.000 OPS in his last 20 games. Add in a favorable matchup and you should simply ignore his low batting average (.213) and put him in Friday's lineup.
Description: Chicago White Sox catcher Josh Phegley is questionable for Friday's game against Atlanta with a bruised right index finger.
Insight: The 25-year-old took a foul tip off the hand last Sunday. He has consistently hit .300 over his minor league career and is batting .241 with three homers over his first eight games. He could eventually win the full-time job from Tyler Flowers, who has done little offensively.
Description: White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy is expected to make a start this weekend after his latest successful rehab start.
Insight: Peavy is 6-4 with a 4.30 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 66 strikeouts in 67 IP over 11 starts this season. He's a candidate to be traded before the July 31 deadline. If he lands with a team that scores runs he could certainly help fantasy owners in the wins category.
Description: The Pirates are hoping to acquire White Sox right fielder Alex Rios before the trade deadline. SOURCE: Phil Rogers, Chicago Tribune
Insight: Rios probably wouldn't come cheap but he'd be a massive upgrade over the Pirates' current right fielder, Travis Snider (.226, 3 HR, 22 RBI in 86 games). A ten-year veteran, Rios (.270, 11 HR, 40 RBI, 15 SB) has never played for a National League club. He's also never been to the postseason, which would certainly be a possibility if the White Sox traded him to Pittsburgh.
Description: White Sox third baseman Jeff Keppinger is sparsely owned in fantasy leagues, but anyone who does own him should start him Sunday against Cole Hamels. He has gone 7-for-15 (.467) against the Phillies left-hander.
Insight: It looks as though Keppinger has been unlucky this season, as he has a .264 BABIP despite posting a 23.6 percent line-drive rate. However, he has been hurt by a .078 average on flyballs; there's not much luck involved there, the infielder just doesn't have any pop at all.
Description: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez went 4-for-6 Saturday against the Phillies in Game 1 of Chicago's doubleheader.
Insight: Ramirez is 43-for-125 (.344) over his last 29 games and is hitting .289 this year. He displayed 15-20 home run power in his first four big league seasons, but he has just one longball this year after belting only nine in 158 games last season.
Description: According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Diamondbacks are interested in trading for White Sox ace Jake Peavy.
Insight: Peavy is no stranger to the NL West, having pitched for the Padres from 2002 to 2009. Peavy (6-4, 4.30 ERA in 11 starts) has been out with a rib injury for the past month but he should be back right after the All-Star break.
Description: The White Sox actually got Chris Sale a win Thursday against the Tigers. It wasn't Sale's best start, as he allowed 10 hits and two homers while walking two over 6 2/3 innings, but he limited Detroit to three runs.
Insight: Chicago was trailing 3-0 going into the top of the sixth inning, but Josh Phegley hit a grand slam off Anibal Sanchez. Sale holds a 2.85 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP and a 131/27 K/BB in 120 innings, but he's just 6-8. Thursday was his first win since May 17.
Description: White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn went 3-for-5 with a homer, a walk and three RBI Tuesday against the Tigers.
Insight: The White Sox had just one run over the first seven innings against Justin Verlander, but Dunn opened the floodgates with a two-run homer in the eighth. Chicago scored 10 runs over the final two innings. Dunn now has 24 home runs and 60 RBI with a .209 batting average.
Description: White Sox starter John Danks has thrown at least seven innings and allowed three runs or less in three straight starts since he gave up 12 hits and six earned runs in five innings on June 20.
Insight: Danks actually has been solid since returning from his rehab from shoulder surgery. The lefty has a 4.31 ERA, but his WHIP is just 1.10 due to a 1.12 BB/9 in 56 1/3 innings this season. Danks' 1.76 HR/9 makes him a risky play, but he's at least worth owning in AL-only leagues.
Description: White Sox right fielder Alex Rios has monster numbers against Rays ace David Price.
Insight: Somehow, Rios is a .474 career hitter against last season's Cy Young award winner. Maybe facing Price on Sunday will help Rios get back on track after falling into a 6-for-39 (.154) slump in his last ten games.
Description: Chicago White Sox minor league catcher Josh Phegley has been called up to the big club and will make the start behind the plate on Friday night.
Insight: The 25-year-old has consistently hit .300 over his minor league career and this season has added power (15 HR) to his repertoire. He could eventually win the full-time job from Tyler Flowers, who has done little offensively.
Description: Chicago White Sox minor league catcher Josh Phegley has been called up to the big club.
Insight: The 25-year-old has consistently hit .300 over his minor league career and this season has added power (15 HR) to his repertoire. he could eventually win the full-time job from Tyler Flowers, who has done little offensively.
Description: White Sox left-hander Hector Santiago bounced back from a terrible start his last time out with seven strong innings Wednesday against the Orioles.
Insight: Santiago struck out nine and gave up five hits, two walks and two runs. The left-hander took a no decision and is 3-5 with a 3.50 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP and 79 strikeouts in 74 2/3 innings this year.
Description: Paul Konerko will bat fifth Tuesday against the Orioles.
Insight: It's his first game in over a week. He'll serve as the DH while Adam Dunn gets another start at first base. Konerko (.253, 7 HR, 30 RBI) is probably still a few days away from playing the field.
Description: White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko is just 2-for-12 with six strikeouts against Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco.
Insight: Add it a sore back and he should be avoided. Konerko has had a decent month, hitting .278 with two homers and nine RBI, but he is still underperforming expectations. Latest update - Konerko is not in the starting lineup for Friday's game.
Description: White Sox lefty Chris Sale struck out 13 batters and allowed three runs on four hits over eight innings Tuesday against the Mets, but a misplayed popup in the top of the ninth cost him a win.
Insight: Sale has struck out 32 batters over his last three starts (21 IP), but he hasn't won since May 17 and is 5-6 despite carrying a 2.75 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP.
Description: ESPN's Buster Olney believes it's a foregone conclusion that White Sox reliever Jesse Crain will be dealt at this year's trade deadline.
Insight: Who wouldn't want a guy with an 0.53 ERA and a .195 average against in 35 relief appearances? The Dodgers, Red Sox and Tigers, three teams with well-documented closer issues, are all said to be interested.
Description: Chicago first baseman/DH Adam Dunn has just one hit in 15 previous at bats against Royals starter James Shields.
Insight: And it wasn't even a home run! You know the drill by now when it comes to Dunn (.188, 19 HR, 44 RBI). It's feast or famine with this guy. Sunday we're thinking it will be a lot more famine than feast.
Description: If Paul Konerko is your fantasy team's only first base option on Sunday, you might be in trouble.
Insight: The White Sox first baseman/DH has struggled mightily against Kansas City ace James Shields (.129 AVG in 31 lifetime at bats). The .253 average Konerko has hit for this season is his lowest since 2008 (.240).
Description: White Sox starter Jake Peavy (rib) rode a stationary bike for 30 minutes on Thursday and was encouraged, according to CSNChicago.com. Peavy has been on the DL since June 5 due to a fractured left rib.
Insight: "It wasn’t exactly pain free, but a step in the right direction," Peavy said. "It was fun to be active again after not being able to do anything for two weeks. The thing for me is to stay active enough to not lose everything you have and have to start from the bottom. I haven’t done any cardiovascular exercises, throwing, shoulder work. That can set you back quite a while if you don’t get back on the horse. To do some stuff with my legs, keep them strong, my shoulder too, I am able to throw a ball here soon. Hopefully won’t lose too much." The righty is expected to miss at least 2-4 more weeks.
Description: White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko went 4-for-4 with a double Tuesday versus Minnesota.
Insight: Konerko has a career-high 27.7 percent line-drive rate, but that has been offset by a .186 average on groundballs and a .198 average on flyballs. His luck should improve on grounders, but his power decline (career-low 7.3% HR/FB) is a real concern.
Description: White Sox DH Adam Dunn went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Saturday against Houston.
Insight: Dunn has crushed five homers over his last six games and six over his last 10. He has 18 on the year, and his .182 average should be on the rise once his luck turns a little. The DH has just a .177 BABIP.
Description: White Sox pitching prospect Erik Johnson is 6-2 with a 2.53 ERA and 0.938 WHIP at Double-A Birmingham.
Insight: A second-round selection (80th overall) in the 2011 Amateur Draft, Johnson has 65 strikeouts against 16 walks over 74 2/3 IP. The 23-year-old is particularly tough on right-handers and might get a September call up if Chicago is still in the chase,
Description: White Sox left-hander Hector Santiago beat Oakland Sunday with 6 1/3 strong innings. He allowed four hits and two runs (one earned) with three walks and six strikeouts.
Insight: It was Santiago's first start since May 22. The left-hander had to rejoin the rotation due to Jake Peavy's injury. Santiago is 2-2 with a 2.67 ERA and a 37/16 K/BB over 33 2/3 innings in his six starts this season.
Description: White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko is not in the starting lineup Friday versus Oakland.
Insight: The first baseman was dealing with a stiff neck several days ago, but no reason has been given for his absence Friday. He's hitting just .100 (2-for-20) over his last five games and his average has dropped to .228. While Konerko has a 26.2 percent line-drive rate and likely will get his batting average up eventually, fantasy owners should be very concerned about a career-low 7.1 percent HR/FB/
Description: White Sox starter Jake Peavy has a non-displaced rib fracture on his left side and will be shut down for 4-6 weeks, according to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Peavy left Tuesday's start after feeling "acute, sharp pain" in his ribcage. The right-hander allowed 15 hits and 12 earned runs in 6 1/3 innings over his last two starts, and the injury might have had something to do with his struggles.
Description: White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Beckham suffered a broken hamate bone in his left hand on April 9. The team said a few days ago that he was scheduled to return June 6, but White Sox manager Robin Ventura indicated he'd be back sooner than that. Beckham will get his starting job back, but hasn't been a solid fantasy value since his rookie season of 2009.
Description: White Sox lefty Chris Sale watched his scoreless innings streak come to an end on Sunday.
Insight: The streak ended at 28 innings. Sale pitched well (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K's) but he didn't get any run support from his offense. Sunday was Sale's first loss since April 18th against Toronto.
Description: White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham (hand) is expected to return to action this week.
Insight: Beckham suffered a broken hamate bone in his left hand on April 9. The team said a few days ago that he was scheduled to return June 6, but White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Sunday that it's possible he could be back sooner this week, according to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune.
Description: Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko left Saturday's game with a stiff neck, according to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Insight: Konerko struck out in his first two at-bats and is hitting .240 this season. He has been a bit unlucky, as he has a .264 BABIP despite owning a 26.8 percent line-drive rate, but he also has exhibited a dropoff in power. He has just a 7.6 percent HR/FB, down from 15.8 percent last year and 16.4 percent for his career.
Description: Chicago shortstop Alexei Ramirez is hitless in 11 career at-bats versus A's starter Bartolo Colon.
Insight: Ramirez continues to disappoint fantasy owners as he bats around .283, but with a very mediocre .683 OPS. It appears he'll never be the player of 2008 and it's time to look elsewhere for shortstop help, particularly in this unfavorable matchup.
Description: Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game with the Cubs.
Insight: Konerko's three-year bump, batting around .300, seems to have faded this season as he's hitting just .235 through the first 45 games. At 37-years-old fantasy owners have to wonder if he'll ever get it back. Adam Dunn gets the start at first.
Description: Chicago starter Chris Sale, who has been dealing with mild tendinitis in his shoulder, is expected to start on Tuesday after missing his last turn in the rotation.
Insight: Sale has allowed just 44 hits in 64 innings this season and is 5-2 with a 2.53 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP. He's pitched like the ace of the staff and must be started against a Cubs lineup that has produced just 3.94 runs per game.
Description: Chicago shortstop Alexei Ramirez is hitless in 17 career at-bats versus Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: Ramirez continues to disappoint fantasy owners as he bats around .275, but with a very mediocre .671 OPS. It appears he'll never be the player of 2008 and it's time to look elsewhere for shortstop help.
Description: Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko is 1-for-12 (.083) in his career versus Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: Konerko's three-year bump, batting around .300, seems to have faded this season as he's hitting just .235 through the first 45 games. At 37-years-old fantasy owners have to wonder if he'll ever get it back. Avoid this matchup.
Description: Chicago starter John Danks is set to make his season debut Friday against Miami. SOURCE: Scott Merkin, MLB.com
Insight: Danks hasn't pitched in the major leagues since undergoing shoulder surgery last May. We're not sure if Danks is a realistic long-term fantasy option but he couldn't have asked for an easier opponent in his first start back. He could be worth a look if your team is short on starting pitching.
Description: Chicago starter Chris Sale has been scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday against the Red Sox due to mild tendinitis in his shoulder, according to Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com. Hector Santiago will start in his place.
Insight: Sale has allowed just 44 hits in 64 innings this season and is 5-2 with a 2.53 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP. The White Sox expect him to make his next start Tuesday against the Cubs.
Description: Chicago White Sox minor league catcher Josh Phegley is making people notice down at Triple-A Charlotte, batting .333 with 10 HR, 27 RBI and a 1.052 OPS over his first 33 games.
Insight: The 25-year-old has consistently hit .300 over his minor league career, but this is the first time he's shown this much power. Should the White Sox tire of Tyler Flowers' .195 batting average, they could give the youngster a shot later this season.
Description: Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko is 10-for-23 (.435) in his career versus Boston left-hander Jon Lester. Three of his 10 hits are home runs.
Insight: Konerko's three-year bump, batting around .300, seems to have faded this season as he's hitting just .224 through the first 38 games. At 37-years-old fantasy owners have to wonder if he'll ever get it back. This favorable matchup could be a first step or an indication that he must have his fantasy value permanently reduced.
Description: Chicago shortstop Alexei Ramirez is a lifetime .467 hitter (7-for-15) with two homers against Jason Vargas of the Los Angeles Angels.
Insight: Ramirez had three hits Saturday to raise his average to .281 on the year. He has a career-high 24.6 percent line-drive rate, but his power has slipped even further than last season. He has a 2.3 percent HR/FB, down from a career-low 5.1 percent in 2012. Perhaps seeing Vargas Sunday will help him get one out of the park.
Description: Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko has slammed Angels lefty Jason Vargas in their previous meetings.
Insight: Konerko is batting .538 (7-for13) with a homer against Vargas. The first baseman has hit safely in four straight games since getting a few days off at the beginning of this week, and he is 7-for-25 (.280) against lefties this year.
Description: White Sox left-hander Hector Santiago was staked a 4-0 lead going into the bottom of the fourth Saturday against the Angels, but he allowed three runs in the inning and was sent packing.
Insight: Santiago walked four and gave up four hits. He has good stuff and showed promise in his first two starts after joining the rotation, but his last two starts have been poor. He has allowed nine runs (six earned) on 12 hits in nine innings over his last two outings.
Description: White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo has gone 8-for-18 since returning from the DL and homered in each of the last two games. Thursday could be another big day, as he'll face Jerome Williams of the Angels.
Insight: We saw what Viciedo can do when he heats up when he hit .351 and eight homers last May. Williams has never retired Viciedo in five career at-bats (5-5, 1 HR).
Description: White Sox DH Adam Dunn clobbered two homers and drove in five runs Wednesday against the Twins.
Insight: Amazingly, this was only Dunn's third multi-hit game of the season. He's batting .156 and has struck out 48 times with just 15 walks. His lone fantasy contribution this season is his eight homers in 128 at-bats.
Description: White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo has gone 6-for-14 (.429) with a homer, four RBI and five walks in five games since returning from the DL.
Insight: Viciedo was out a few weeks with an oblique strain. He homered for the third time this season Tuesday against the Twins. We saw what he can do when he heats up when he hit .351 and eight homers last May.
Description: White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo (oblique) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Viciedo strained his oblique on a hard swing on April 18. He's hitting .229 with two homers in 48 at-bats this season. It was last May that Viciedo exploded onto the fantasy scene batting .351 with eight homers and 24 RBI for the month.
Description: White Sox center fielder Alejandro De Aza went 3-for-5 with a solo homer, a steal and two runs scored Wednesday against the Mets.
Insight: It's a nice all-around effort from De Aza, who has six homers in his first 126 at-bats after hitting nine in 524 last season. However, De Aza's 30.1 percent strikeout rate limits will hold his batting average down.
Description: White Sox starter Jake Peavy (back) beat the Mets in his return to action Wednesday night. He allowed three hits and one run, walked two and fanned six in 6 2/3 innings.
Insight: Peavy (4-1, 3.03 ERA, 1.06 WHIP) was scratched from last Thursday's start with back spasms but he looked healthy in throwing 114 pitches (76 strikes) Wednesday. Peavy has a tremendous 45/8 K/BB in 38 2/3 innings this season.
Description: White Sox left-hander Hector Santiago went toe-to-toe with Mets ace Matt Harvey Tuesday night and came away with a no decision despite allowing just four hits and striking out eight over seven shutout innings.
Insight: Santiago joined the rotation in place of Gavin Floyd, who is headed for season-ending surgery and has given up one earned on six hits over 12 1/3 innings in his first two starts. The left-hander should be added in most leagues.
Description: White Sox left-hander John Danks (shoulder) is expected to make 2-3 more rehab starts before rejoining the big league rotation, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He allowed two runs ovre seven innings in his first rehab start for Double-A Birmingham despite throwing just 84-88 mph with his fastball.
Insight: Danks is coming back from shoulder surgery and was placed on the DL after being rocked during spring training. He should be owned in AL-only leagues, but fantasy owners in mixed leagues can leave him on the free agent wire until we see what he does against major league hitters.
Description: White Sox manager Robin Ventura said before Saturday's game that when John Danks returns from his rehab from shoulder surgery, the rotation could feature four lefties. That means Hector Santiago would remain in the rotation over Dylan Axelrod. SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times
Insight: Ventura likes Axelrod, but Santiago has better stuff and a higher ceiling. Ventura said he wouldn't be opposed to having four lefties in his rotation when Danks returns after two or three more minor league rehab starts. Santiago throws 95 mph and has several good off-speed pitches. Fantasy owners in deeper mixed leagues should take a shot on him.
Description: White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod took a tough-luck loss Saturday against the Royals despite allowing just two runs in 7 2/3 innings.
Insight: Axelrod (0-2, 3.60 ERA, 1.23 WHIP) allowed eight hits and didn't strike out a batter. His fantasy appeal is limited to AL-only leagues due to his lack of strikeouts, but he has been a solid arm at the back end of an injury-riddled White Sox rotation.
Description: White Sox DH Adam Dunn is 2-for-19 with 10 strikeouts in his career against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Dunn hit four homers in the final eight games of April and has been walking more lately after drawing just three free passes over the first 18 games, but he is still hitting just .147 with a .601 OPS.
Description: White Sox pitcher Hector Santiago likely will join the rotation full-time after a second opinion confirmed that Gavin Floyd has a torn flexor muscle.
Insight: Santiago was slated to make his first start of the season in place of Floyd Friday but he was moved up to Thursday to take the place of Jake Peavy (back spasms). Santiago allowed just two hits and one run and struck out six over 5 1/3 scoreless innings at Texas. His sinker sits at 93-95 mph and he has several off-speed pitches, including a screwball, a changeup and a slider. Deeper mixed league owners should make an add.
Description: A second opinion on White Sox starter Gavin Floyd's right arm has confirmed a torn flexor muscle and an unstable ulnar collateral ligament. SOURCE: Mark Gonzales, Chicago Tribune
Insight: Floyd will see a third doctor in New York on Monday to set a plan of action. In all likelihood, he's headed for season-ending surgery. Hector Santiago, who went 5 1/3 innings and allowed one run and two hits and struck out six Thursday in his first start of the season, will join the rotation, at least until John Danks returns from shoulder surgery.
Description: White Sox outfielder Alex Rios has faced Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie 50 times and collected 15 hits, including three doubles and two homers.
Insight: The two used to play in the AL East, which explains why Rios has so many at-bats against Guthrie. After a torrid start, Rios is 12-for-67 (.179) with zero multi-hit efforts over his last 18 games, but a familiar face on the mound could help him get it going.
Description: White Sox manager Robin Ventura is hopeful that Jake Peavy can make his next start on Sunday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He was scratched from his scheduled start Thursday due to a sore back.
Insight: Peavy says his back locked up after stretching Wednesday and he is still dealing with discomfort. Hector Santiago will make his first start of the season Thursday.
Description: Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko has a career .500 hitter (9-for-18) versus Rays' left-hander David Price.
Insight: Konerko hasn't homered in the last nine games and has just one extra base hit over that span, so could use this favorable matchup to get him going. For the season he's batting just .232 with a .664 OPS. Last April he came out of the gate quickly with five home runs and a 1.123 OPS, so this slow start is well below fantasy owners' expectations.
Description: Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko left Wednesday's game after being hit by a pitch.
Insight: Konerko went 0-for-3 in the game and is batting .232 this year. He was lifted for a pinch-runner after the HBP in the bottom of the eighth, but there hasn't been any word on an injury to the first baseman.
Description: White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers (.224. 4 HR, 7 RBI) has faced Cleveland right-hander just four times, but struck out in all four at-bats.
Insight: This might be a good day for manager Robin Ventura to give Flowers the night off, but backup Hector Gimenez is gimpy after being struck on the left shin in Monday's game. You should avoid Flowers on Wednesday.
Description: Chicago shortstop Alexei Ramirez is just 2-for-15 (.133) in his career against Twins starter Scott Diamond.
Insight: Ramirez is batting .322 with five doubles, a homer and a 6/4 K/BB, so you're probably not going to bench him now. He'll put his hot start to the test against a pitcher he hasn't performed well against in his career.
Description: White Sox outfielder Alex Rios has cooled a bit with six hits in his last 29 at-bats (.207), but he has had significant success against Sunday's opponent Scott Diamond of the Minnesota Twins.
Insight: Rios has been a gem against Diamond, going 7-for-17 (.412) with a homer and three RBIs.
Description: White Sox center fielder Alejandro De Aza is 5-for-29 over his last seven games, but three of his hits were home runs. He also will face Twins starter Scott Diamond Sunday, against whom he has five hits in 11 career at-bats.
Insight: De Aza already has four jacks in 65 at-bats after hitting nine in 524 last year, but he has struck out 19 times. However, Diamond doesn't have strikeout stuff and De Aza has a good chance at putting together a nice game on Sunday.
Description: White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left oblique.
Insight: Viciedo grabbed his left side after taking a big cut at the plate last Thursday. The outfielder is batting .229 average and but 16 strikeouts and no walks indicated he's not patient enough at the plate. Hopefully he can return in early May and produce like he did last May when he batted .351 with eight homers and 24 RBI.
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