GLENDALE, AZ – The Chicago White Sox concluded day two of full-squad workouts on Sunday, and have already received some concerning news from Glendale this week. Charlie Tilson, who is returning from a torn hamstring that he suffered in his major-league debut last August, underwent an MRI on Saturday that revealed a foot stress reaction.
In layman’s terms, a foot stress reaction is less significant than a stress fracture, but still comes with the potential of a 6-8 week recovery period. The White Sox will rest Tilson for the next 10 days before reevaluating in order to determine the severity of the injury.
Tilson is presumably the White Sox starting center-fielder heading into the 2017 season if he is healthy come Opening Day, but this injury could sideline him from workouts throughout the majority of Spring Training, making it difficult to gauge whether or not the White Sox would still be willing to begin the season with Tilson in center field if he is cleared medically by Opening Day.
Peter Bourjos, a Park Ridge, Illinois native will likely get a look in center field if Tilson misses extended time. Leury Garcia and Rymer Liriano could also get a chance to earn the spot until Tilson is ready to get back to action.
Bourjos hit .251 with five home runs and 23 RBI in 123 games for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2016, and boasts a career .243 batting average with a ..300/.382/.682 slash line over parts of seven seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, St. Louis Cardinals, and the Phillies.
Rain Rain, Go Away
The White Sox were limited to indoor activities on Sunday due to rain falling in Glendale that began on Saturday night. The weather in Glendale this morning is expected to be dry, allowing the team to return to outdoor activities.
The White Sox will continue to prepare this week for the opening of their Cactus League schedule this coming weekend, with the first game taking place on Saturday against their Camelback Ranch co-occupants, the Los Angeles Dodgers. Pitching schedules have not been released as of this morning, we will pass them along as soon as they do.
Yoan Moncada Has Big Goals for this Spring
While speaking with the media this weekend, White Sox top prospect Yoan Moncada stated that his two goals for this spring were to make the White Sox Opening Day roster, and help make the White Sox a better club.
While Moncada probably won’t break camp with the major-league club despite his desires, White Sox minor-league instructor Aaron Rowand, who managed against Moncada in the Arizona Fall League had some high praise for the youngster saying simply, “he’s going to be a stud!”.
Word Around the Ranch
White Sox Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations, Kenny Williams shared his outlook for the future of the organization this weekend, saying the following,
“My only goal at this point in my career is to help bring another championship to Chicago and to Chicago fans, watch Rick Hahn walk across the stage to receive an Executive of the Year award, and watch Rick Renteria accept a Manager of the Year award. Then I will consider this a job well done. And if any of those things don’t happen, then it won’t be. I sincerely feel that in my heart.”
Jose Quintana is said to be in mid-season form already, just one week into camp. New White Sox teammate Derek Holland joked about Quintana’s performance thus far saying, “Q, I’m tired of saying ‘good job’ already!”.
Some Deeper Looks into White Sox Spring Training Storylines
- Matthew Smith dives into the questions surrounding the longevity of flamethrower Michael Kopech, Read More about Kopech’s eagerness to excel and Don Cooper‘s attempt to reel the 20-year-old in this Spring.
- Patrick Flowers examines the mechanical flaws that caused Lucas Giolito to struggle in his brief MLB stint late in 2016, Read More about Giolito getting back to the basics with the White Sox in 2017.
Stay with us here at The Loop Sports all spring as we will be providing frequent updates of the happenings around Camelback Ranch, Cactus League game recaps and analysis, and deep-dive analysis into the story-lines to watch for this spring!