GLENDALE, AZ – The White Sox will look to end a three game skid when they host the Arizona Diamondbacks this afternoon at Camelback Ranch, and they will look to Lucas Giolito to set the tone early.
Giolito will take the ball for the third time this spring, and look to replicate his last trip to the hill when a tossed three scoreless innings against the Los Angeles Angels last Saturday afternoon. Giolito retired nine of the 10 batters that he faced, allowing just a lone base-hit on the afternoon, while striking out three.
Giolito is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his five innings of work this spring, allowing just one run on four hits and a walk, while notching five strikeouts and holding opposing hitters to a .222 batting average against to this point.
Zack Burdi is scheduled to pitch in today’s game versus the Diamondbacks as well, along with Matt Purke, Jake Petricka, Tommy Kahnle, Zach Putnam, Corey Luebke, Brad Goldberg. Burdi has tossed three scoreless outings this spring, and will look to stretch that steak on Thursday afternoon, while fellow flamethrower Michael Kopech will continue to work on the back-fields, with a side-session scheduled this afternoon.
Kopech worked on Tuesday as well, throwing 45 pitches while working on locating his fastball and changeup in the strike zone.
Player Notes from Wednesday’s Loss to Milwaukee
Despite a 3-4 day at the plate for outfielder Avisail Garcia, that included a home run, as well as a two-run home run by Tyler Saladino in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the ballgame at three-a-piece at that point, the White Sox bullpen was unable to secure a victory on Wednesday.
Leading 4-3 heading into the ninth inning, on the strength of a go-ahead solo shot off of the bat of Rymer Liriano in the bottom of the eighth inning, Juan Minaya walked the lead-off hitter Dustin Houle before giving up a two-run homer to Ivan De Jesus, Jr. before being replaced by Brian Clark.
Carson Fulmer started Wednesday’s game for the White Sox, tossing three innings on the afternoon while allowing one run on two hits and a walk. Fulmer struck out a pair of Brewers during his three innings of work as well. Fulmer has allowed three runs on six hits during his three appearances this spring, and has held opponents to an impressive .222 batting average against thus far, while recording nine strikeouts compared to just a pair of walks.
Third-baseman Todd Frazier made his return to the White Sox lineup on Wednesday afternoon, after missing all of the previous Cactus League games with a sore oblique suffered in practice last month. Frazier was 0-2 on the afternoon with a strikeout and a hard line-out to deep left field, but was still excited to be back in the White Sox lineup, and praised the White Sox training staff for his smooth recovery.
Rodon Tosses BP, Likely to Begin the Season in the 5th Spot in Rotation
Carlos Rodon tossed live batting practice today for the White Sox, his first time throwing to live hitters this spring. Rodon threw about 40 pitches, focusing on his fastball and changeup for the most part.
The White Sox still have not set a date for the young southpaw to make his Cactus League debut, and will reevaluate their plan for him on Saturday after he once again throws batting practice on the back-fields at Camelback Ranch. Rodon is slated to begin the season in the fifth spot of the White Sox rotation at this point, so that he can make his first start of the season in the fifth or sixth game of the White Sox regular season schedule.
While the White Sox remain adamant that there is no injury concern for Rodon other than fatigue that set in towards the tail end of the 2016 season, the current schedule at this point in the spring has to become concerning at some point in the next couple of weeks if he hasn’t seen any game action to that point.
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!