White Sox Minor Keys: April 16, 2018

Ryan Cordell leaves game after crashing into the center field wall

Ryan Cordell was off to a rough start this season. Now the question is whether he’ll have a chance to erase it.

In the third inning of Monday’s game against Rochester, Cordell made a leaping attempt to catch a Kennys Vargas drive at the center field wall and injured himself in the process.

Cordell jammed his right arm into the wall, and he couldn’t use it to get to his feet. On the warning track, the trainer appeared to be rotating his arm as to attend to his shoulder. He walked off the field, left arm swinging normally, and his right arm remaining stationary.

Cordell had struck out in his only plate appearances of the game, giving him 17 over his first 40 on the season with the Knights. He’s hitting just .132/.150/.184, so he hadn’t yet positioned himself for an imminent call-up. That was a disappointing development considering his strong spring put him in contention for an early promotion. For the time being, the more immediate concern is whether he’ll return to any field in the near future.

Before Cordell went down, the biggest injury news was Kevan Smith starting his rehab stint with the Knights. He’s likely to remain in Charlotte after coming off the DL, but using a rehab stint allows the Sox to avoid burning an option until they have to.

Rochester 6, Charlotte 3

  • Charlie Tilson went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk.
  • Daniel Palka, 1-for-3 with a double, walk and strikeout. He was also caught stealing.
  • Kevan Smith made his first rehab start, going 2-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Ryan Cordell struck out in his only plate appearance.
  • Robbie Ross is a mess: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 1 WP. He now has a 30.38 ERA.
  • Thyago Vieira: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP

Jackson 5, Birmingham 4

  • Tito Polo was 0-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Seby Zavala went 1-for-3 with a sac fly.
  • Ryan Burr: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Down East 5, Winston-Salem 1

  • Joel Booker went 0-for-4.
  • Alex Call was 1-for-4 with a homer.
  • Luis Alexander Basabe went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.
  • Micker Adolfo was 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Yermin Mercedes doubled, singled and struck out twice.
  • Yeyson Yrizarri wore the golden sombrero.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes went 1-for-4 with a K.
  • Dane Dunning was dinged despite good peripherals: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP.

Kannapolis 4, Augusta 2

  • Luis Gonzalez had a rough night: 0-for-5 with four strikeouts.
  • Clifton Park’s Justin Yurchak had his first big game: 3-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Evan Skoug avoided striking out for the first time all season, going 1-for-4 with a homer.
  • MIchael Hickman doubled and struck out thrice.
  • Kade McClure: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
  • Tyler Johnson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K


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Jim Margalus

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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Terrible defense and some weak contact in Dunning’s start. 3 straight games without a K for Basabe.

Trooper Galactus

Feels like every time I see Vieira in the box score he’s given up runs.


Definitely and it is exactly what I thought he’d be looking like right now. I hope for no rush on the call up. If it is September that is fine.

Greg Nix

Adolfo named Carolina League Player of the Week (actually the first week-and-a-half).

Class A @WSDashBaseball OF Micker Adolfo has been named Carolina League Player of the Week for the period of 4/5-15! Adolfo hit .395 (17-43) with five doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI over 11 games to earn his first career weekly honor. pic.twitter.com/mktZIZz6rw

— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) April 17, 2018

Josh Nelson

lil jimmy

That’s at least half a foot less baseball player.