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Chicago White Sox third baseman Brent Morel is still rehabbing a back injury that's kept him out of action with the Sox for weeks. His goal now is to return for the start of the second half of the regular season.
After visiting a back specialist last week in Southern California, Morel said he was placed on a program for four to five weeks. He said he could incorporate baseball work during the latter stages of the program if he makes progress.
"It's a program for my glutes and core area, essentially to take pressure off my back," Morel said.
Morel, who has not played for the White Sox since mid-May, pulled himself out of a rehab start in Charlotte on June 7 because of back pain.
John Danks had hoped to return to the White Sox rotation on Monday, but with soreness postponing that return, the Sox have had to look elsewhere. So Zach Stewart will get the ball for the first game of a series against the Cubs.
Stewart, who gave up a couple of home runs in a mop-up outing at Wrigley, said he’ll go as long as needed, but manager Robin Ventura is prepared to go to a bullpen that will have starter Philip Humber in it — for one day.
"I feel like I’m in pretty good shape,’’ Stewart said. "They haven’t talked about a plan, but I’m willing to go as deep as they want me to go.’’
The Chicago White Sox were just one inning away from leaving Los Angeles having won two out of three in their series against the Dodgers. However, a blown save by Addison Reed erased an outstanding pitching performance from Jose Quintana and led to the White Sox falling 2-1 in 10 innings.
Quintana kept the talented Dodgers lineup off balance nearly the entire game, as he pitched eight shutout innings. Quintana allowed only five hits and struck out six batters during his impressive effort. However, Reed was unable to close the game out, as he allowed two hits and walked a batter in the 9th inning. Dee Gordon drove in the winning run for Los Angeles on a liner off of Matt Thornton, who earned the loss.
Chris Capuano was impressive for the Dodgers, striking out 12 batters and allowing only one earned run in eight innings.
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The Chicago White Sox are going with a relatively unusual infield alignment as they face the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. The only regular starter in the field for Chicago is second baseman Gordon Beckham.
The Chicago White Sox dropped game one of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers late on Friday night, but they hope to draw even in another evening affair on Saturday. The pressure is squarely on Philip Humber, who has been quite disappointing since pitching a perfect game on April 21 against the Seattle Mariners. In two starts during the month of June, Humber has posted an 8.71 ERA and 1.84 WHIP over 10.1 innings and he may be fighting to keep his starting job at this point. The Dodgers will counter with Chad Billingsley (4-4, 3.57 ERA), who has given up just two runs over his last two starts combined (14.0 innings).
Game Date & Time: Saturday, June 16, 9:10 p.m. CT
Location: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, Calif.
TV: MLB Network
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The three-game series between the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers opened with an intriguing pitching matchup between Chris Sale and Clayton Kershaw, but Friday's game didn't quite go according to the plan. The Sox jumped on Kershaw early thanks to a towering two-run home run by Adam Dunn in the first inning and a follow-up solo shot from Alex Rios in the very next inning, and Chicago built a 5-1 lead by the sixth frame. However, Chris Sale never quite found command of his breaking pitches, and he finally ran into trouble in the bottom half of that sixth. The Dodgers scored five quick runs to grab a 6-5 lead, and despite a Rios home run they prevailed 7-6 in the end.
Jim Margalus of South Side Sox relays the details of the Sox's demise:
Rios restored some hope in the eighth with a leadoff homer off Ronald Belisario, but when Thornton came in, the momentum slipped away. He struck out Tony Gwynn Jr. to start the inning, before a weak seeing-eye single byJames Loney scooted past a diving Eduardo Escobar (who replaced Hudson).
There was your Thornton Luck. Then came the Thornton Suck. He walked Dee Gordon to put Loney into scoring position, and he advanced to third on Herrera's fielder's choice to short. Don Mattingly called on Bobby Abreu to pinch hit, but it didn't matter. Thornton spiked a 1-0 fastball past a backhanded stab by A.J. Pierzynski, giving the Dodgers their winning run.
Game two of the series is set for 9:10 p.m. CT on Saturday night.
Injured Chicago White Sox starter John Danks had hoped to return in time to start Monday's game against the Cubs, but after experiencing more soreness than expected following a rehab start, his return has been pushed back. On Friday, the White Sox announced their starters for the Cubs series and Danks was not among them.
Peavy, Floyd Sale listed as starters for next week's Cubs' series, meaning Danks' return will be pushed back.— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) June 15, 2012
Danks is 3-4 with a 5.70 ERA in nine starts this season. He has not pitched for the White Sox since May 19.
The White Sox begin a three-game series with the Dodgers on Friday night.
The White Sox will have Chris Sale -- who lately has pitched like the ace of the staff -- on the mound when the meet the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night. They'll roll out their usual lineup as well.
Fans should be treated to a pitcher's duel on Friday as AL ERA leader Chris Sale faces reigning NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw,