The Chicago White Sox kick off the 2012 MLB Spring Training next Wednesday with pitchers and catchers reporting after a long winter break. The Sox then begin their Cactus League schedule on March 5 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Here is a look at the reporting dates scheduled for the Sox:
2012 Chicago White Sox Reporting Schedule
|Organization||Pitchers & Catchers||First Workout||Position Players||First full workout|
|Chicago White Sox||Feb. 22||Feb. 23||Feb. 27||Feb. 28|
The White Sox have a number of unanswered questions heading into Spring Training, but one of the most pressing is the fate of slugging DH Adam Dunn. The $56 million designated hitter hit only 11 homers in 2011, good for a career-worst .159/.292/.277 slash.
Dunn apparently had problems with his swing tracing back all the way to the 2011 Spring Training, according to former manager Ozzie Guillen. The Sox hope to get the 38-home-run Dunn back, especially given some of their other notable departures, including SP Mark Buehrle and closer Sergio Santos.
The starting lineup is expected to look a little like this:
2012 Projected White Sox Lineup
C: A.J. Pierzynski / Tyler Flowers
1B: Paul Konerko
2B: Gordon Beckham
3B: Brent Morel
SS: Alexei Ramirez
LF: Alejandro De Aza
CF: Alex Rios
RF: Dayan Viciedo
DH: Adam Dunn
The team will also have outfielders Brent Lillibridge and Kosuke Fukudome competing for playing and should have a heated competition at catcher between veteran A.J. Pierzynski and up-and-coming hitting catcher Tyler Flowers.
The rotation should have a new look too, as the White Sox deal with the free agency departure of Buehrle:
2012 Projected White Sox Rotation
1) John Danks
2) Gavin Floyd
3) Phil Humber
4) Chris Sale
5) Jake Peavy
The Sox management, led by rookie manager Robin Ventura, will get their first look at the new roster when action starts in early March. Here's a look at their first week of games:
First 10 White Sox Cactus League Games
|March 5||1:05 p.m.||L.A. Dodgers
|March 6||1:05 p.m.
|March 7||1:05 p.m.||Milwaukee
|March 8||1:05 p.m.||Texas
|March 9||1:05 p.m.
||1:05 p.m.||Texas (ss)
||7:05 p.m.||L.A. Dodgers (ss)
|March 11||1:10 p.m.||Colorado