White Sox Minor Keys: Aug. 26, 2019

With Lucas Giolito in contention for some Cy Young support and Reynaldo López more closely resembling his 2018 form, Scott Merkin checked in with Dane Dunning, who says he’s motivated to get the White Sox to 3-for-3 on the Adam Eaton trade.

The article includes a status update and rough timetable for Dunning’s recovery from Tommy John surgery:

The right-hander started throwing a few weeks ago but described it as light throwing with putting an arc on the ball from 30 and 45 feet, respectively.

That light throwing is scheduled to run for two months. But by the time Spring Training arrives, Dunning hopes to be throwing bullpen sessions.

“Just starting up that, or if anything, already be into bullpens,” Dunning said. “From there, hopefully be able to go into the extended season and throw in my games and make my way back early June-ish.”

Durham 7, Charlotte 3

  • Nick Madrigal and Danny Mendick both were 1-for-4.
  • Luis Robert was 1-for-3 with a sac fly and a strikeout.
  • Zack Collins hit his 18th homer of the year during a 1-for-4 night.

Birmingham 8, Tennessee 5

  • Luis Gonzalez went 0-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Blake Rutherford was 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.
  • Gavin Sheets had a big night, going 1-for-2 with his 16th homer and three walks.
  • Laz Rivera was 0-for-4 with a walk and three strikeouts.
  • Blake Battenfield: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
  • Tyler Johnson: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Salem 4, Winston-Salem 0

  • Steele Walker accounted for half the Dash’s hits while going 1-for-4.
  • Andrew Vaughn was 0-for-3 with a walk.
  • Carlos Perez, 0-for-4.


*The Dash have now been shut out in three straight games.

Hagerstown 4, Kannapolis 1

  • Corey Zangari went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Amado Nunez was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Camilo Quinteiro went 0-for-1 with two walks.
  • Jason Bilous: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, 1 WP
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Writing about the White Sox for a 16th season, first here, then at South Side Sox, and now here again. Let’s talk curling.

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Assuming no Robert or Madrigal, who should we expect the Sox to call up when rosters expand? Do they wait until Charlotte’s playoff run is over?


Of course I can wait. Thanks.


I’m putting money on Palka and Collins.

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I’d bring up all 3 catchers and just let McCann catch Giolitio. See what you have and save some miles on McCann.


Guys I really want to see up. 

Tyler Johnson
Hansen – Just bring him up, have him throw it as hard as he can and see where it goes. 
Palka – Collins and Mercedes should get all the meaningful playing time, but I’d like to see Palka get a chance to come back up and take a few whacks. 


I just don’t get the Palka love. We’ve seen what he is. It’s not great. We had some fun last year but it’s time to move on and see what else is out there.


It’s either him or Jon Jay in RF or him and Matt Skole in DH. He’s been hitting well in AAA so it doesn’t hurt to see if he’s made any adjustments in what is essentially garbage time of the 2019 Season.


Besides service time considerations, Madrigal doesn’t need to be rostered yet.
I don’t know the Sox thoughts on Medeiros or Frare, but they are both on the 40 man. May have a chance.




Tyler Johnson had one outing at AA where he walked 2 guys, gave up 2 dingers, and 2 other hits, while only getting one out. If you ignore that one disastrous outing, he’s been fantastic in his 10 appearances at AA:

14 IP, 17 K, 4 BB, 1.92 ERA