With Grapefruit and Cactus League action set to kick off with a full-slate of games in Florida and Arizona, respectively, this weekend; the Yankees’ starting rotation is dealing with another potential injury issue after right-hander Luis Severino was scratched from a scheduled bullpen session on Thursday due to right forearm soreness. The 26-year-old ace has been shut down from throwing and will meet with team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad on Friday. There should be an update on his status shortly, but it’s alarming news considering that Severino was limited to only 12 innings during the 2019 regular season due to injury.
Posted: February 21, 2020, 5:00 am
In a White Sox clubhouse filled with big-name prospects like Luis Robert, Nick Madrigal and Andrew Vaughn sits an under-the-radar minor leaguer who can flat out rake. Yermin Mercedes is built like a Mack Truck. “Yeah, I’m good with that,” Mercedes said, smiling when asked about the Uribe comparison.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 10:36 pm
Rick Renteria has been here before. Now 58, Renteria landed with the White Sox and replaced Robin Ventura as manager just as the team began its own massive rebuilding project. Now in his fourth season on the South Side, Renteria’s patience is finally getting rewarded.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 10:08 pm
I don’t know if that will soothe the concerns of worriers, but it doesn’t sound like protests will prevent Renteria from putting Anderson and Moncada first when he writes makes lineup for the opener on March 26. One player who won’t be there: Luis Robert. “I wouldn’t consider Robert right now, as we’re standing here today, to be the leadoff hitter,” Renteria said.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 9:29 pm
Abreu was able to drive in 123 runs last season, and even playing in the loaded White Sox lineup – yes, I did say loaded – it’s unlikely/unreasonable to expect those kind of numbers again in 2020. Meanwhile, LeMahieu has consistently hit for average – and he does get to play in a homer-friendly park – but it’s tough for me to ignore the fact that this was easily a career high in homers and RBI, and there are questions about the equipment that he was hitting/what the equipment will look like next year. The positional value for LeMahieu is nice, but he fits better as a second or third baseman in a normal lineup than a guy I’d want at first base.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 4:50 pm
Can Nomar Mazara live up to all the potential he has? Can he fit in well with this new powered up lineup? Why hasn’t he been as productive as he would’ve liked?
Posted: February 20, 2020, 4:43 am
Between the breakout seasons from young core players in 2019 and an influx of veteran additions, the White Sox starting lineup is rather easy to project. Obviously Jose Abreu, Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada, Yasmani Grandal, Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert and Edwin Encarnacion are locked in as everyday starters, and even Nomar Mazara seems to be in that category at the moment, with talk of a potential platoon in right field all but disappearing over the last couple months. Over the course of the entire 2020 season, the majority of the starts there figure to go to Nick Madrigal, one of the top-ranked prospects in baseball.
Posted: February 19, 2020, 10:01 pm
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Your 2020 White Sox Opening Day starter is … (drumroll, please) … we don’t know yet. “You want the scoop?” Renteria teased Wednesday at Camelback Ranch. Giolito has expressed on multiple occasions during the early days of camp that he hopes to be the guy that gets the Opening Day nod.
Posted: February 19, 2020, 9:14 pm
Joe Maddon called on Steve Cishek an awful lot during the right-handed reliever’s two years on the North Side. “You get paid a lot of money to play this game, I want to make sure that I’m keeping up my value,” Cishek said Wednesday at Camelback Ranch. Cishek’s pitching on the South Side now, one of the many veterans Rick Hahn’s front office brought in to complement the young core and build realistic postseason expectations for the 2020 campaign.
Posted: February 19, 2020, 4:56 pm