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White Sox: Fulmer Confident after First Outing, Jake Burger is Staying Positive

Despite a less than ideal result on Tuesday, Carson Fulmer is happy about the positives in his first start, plus notes on Jake Burger and Eloy Jimenez.

While the box score shows that Carson Fulmer allowed an earned run (and three unearned runs) on five hits over the course of his two innings of work on Tuesday afternoon, Fulmer says that the outing had, “a lot of positives”.

“It wasn’t bad at all,” Fulmer said. “I was able to pound the strike zone, I got ahead of a lot of hitters. With two strikes I tried to get a little too fine [sic], with it being my first outing I was flying open just a tad, and the ball caught the plate a little bit.”

After allowing a lead-off solo home run to Chicago Cubs’ second-baseman Ian Happ, Fulmer was doomed by his defense and walked off the field trailing by four after one inning of work. Fulmer told said that while the results don’t look like it, this outing was one that he is excited to build off of.

On the top of the list of positives for Fulmer, was his command of the strike zone. Fulmer said that it felt good to fill up the zone early and often, and attributed some of the harder hit balls to him flying open on his delivery and exposing the ball to too much of the plate, something that he adjusted mid game and feels confident won’t be an issue moving forward.

While some have opined the idea of Fulmer ultimately working out of the bullpen in Chicago down the road, Fulmer is concentrated on parlaying his September performance last season into this spring, and hopefully a spot in the starting rotation to begin the 2018 campaign.

Jake Burger is in positive spirits, and apparently still plays ‘GameCube’

On Monday afternoon against the Athletics, the White Sox lost their 2017 first round draft pick, Jake Burger to a ruptured Achilles tendon. Burger was hustling down the first base line after slapping a chopper towards shortstop, when he buckled and went down to the ground. Burger was carted off of the field and an MRI revealed the extent of injury.

Burger will fly back to Chicago in the coming days and undergo surgery to repair the tendon, and will miss the entire 2018 season as a result.

Burger said that he knew something was wrong immediately, and described the pain that he felt when it happened, “Honestly is felt like a gunshot,” Burger said. “I went down, I kind of immediately knew something was wrong — you know, there’s nothing really to say. It sucks, but I gotta stay positive.”

While the injury is certainly a setback for the promising third-baseman, Burger isn’t letting it derail his positive mentality that he developed from a promising start to the spring, one that he said reassured him that he can play ball at the major league level.

“When something like this happens, you have a decision to make,” Burger said. “You can either mope around, or you can take it as a positive thing and look at the positives. I think this whole thing, it’s just kind of an extended offseason where I can focus on nutrition, focus on my diet, focus on my body.”

Aside from his plans to focus on his diet and recovery, Burger said he plans to spend some time back in the classroom at Missouri State taking some courses. Burger also noted that he’s been motivated by the outpouring of support from the fans, his teammates and his fans down at Missouri State over the past couple of days.

Charlie Tilson even stopped by Burger’s place on Monday night to bring Burger some ‘GameCube’ games and share his recover experiences with him.

Renteria says Jimenez’s bum knee is “going to be fine”

Eloy Jimenez missed the opportunity to play against the club that traded him last July in the Jose Quintana blockbuster between the Cubs and the White Sox, due to a sore knee that has hampered him this week in Sox camp. Jimenez wasn’t too concerned with the game itself, and joked that he will see them in March when the Cubs come to Camelback Ranch to play the White Sox again.

White Sox skipper Rick Renteria said that while the Jimenez’s sore knee isn’t something to worry about at this point, he isn’t taking any unnecessary chances with the slugging outfield prospect, and that’s why he’s been held out of game action since the soreness arose.

Renteria said that despite being sidelined from games this week, Jimenez worked out in the cages as well as in the outfield on Tuesday to test out the knee, and stressed that Jimenez will likely be back in action soon. “He did some work today on the field,” Renteria said. “We hit in the cages today, but we made sure we got him out in the field just to test it out, and we’re going to take a step back and be careful with him, but he’ll be fine.”

Renteria said that he’s going to use a “one day on, one day off” approach with Jimenez, so he will likely be resting on Wednesday.


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