We're about an hour from the first pitch of tonight's White Sox-Rangers game and it's a cool 100 degrees at U.S. Cellular Field.
Actually, there is nothing cool about today's temperatures.
"It's nice to have warm weather," Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "This is probably a little over the top. Both sides have to worry about the same thing."
This is typical weather for Dallas, where the Rangers play, but the White Sox are used to playing in this kind of heat.
The Sox and Rangers wrap up the three-game series with a day game Thursday, so look for Ventura to start many of his regular bench players.
-Jesse Crain is on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to June 24) with a right posterior shoulder strain.
It’s been a tough year for Crain, who was on the DL from April 24-May 4 with a strained right oblique. The veteran relief pitcher was also sidelined in spring training with a strained left oblique.
Deunte Heath was recalled from Class AAA Charlotte to take Crain’s roster spot.
Heath, 26, was 4-2 with a 1.70 ERA in 22 games (3 starts) with the Knights.
-The White Sox now have 10 – repeat, 10 – rookies on the 25-man roster.
Eight of the rookies are on the pitching staff, and six are in the bullpen.
Here is the rookie breakdown:
IF Eduardo Escobar
OF Jordan Danks
LHP Jose Quintana
RHP Dylan Axelrod
RHP Addison Reed
RHP Nate Jones
LHP Hector Santiago
LHP Leyson Septimo
RHP Brian Omogrosso
RHP Deunte Heath
For a team that reportedly has the worst farm system in baseball, the White Sox have been doing a pretty good job mixing rookies in with veterans.
Happy Fourth of July!