In advance of SoxFest this weekend at the Palmer House Hilton, manager Robin Ventura met with the media Wednesday and answered a variety of questions.
We'll do some quick hits here and check back in tomorrow's paper for more details.
-I heard from a lot of White Sox fans last season that wanted Adam Dunn and his 222 strikeouts dropped from No. 3 in the lineup to No. 5, with Alex Rios moving from 5 to 3.
You might get your wish this season.
"When we start our first game, (Dunn) he might be there (No. 3), but again, we're kicking it around," RV said at Gilda's Club Chicago, a support community for men, women and children living with cancer. “Maybe Rios starts there. With us not having a lot of left-handed hitters right there, you might have to separate him and (Alejandro) De Aza a little bit more than you would normally."
At the moment, De Aza and Dunn are the only left-handed hitters in the regular lineup. De Aza is entrenched in the leadoff spot, so flip-flopping Dunn and Rios makes even more sense.
-Ventura said the White Sox are going to take it easy with John Danks when spring training opens on Feb. 12.
Danks is coming off shoulder surgery, and if he is not ready for the April 1 season opener (Royals at U.S. Cellular Field), Hector Santiago is likely to fill his spot.
RV said Chris Sale will also be eased into Cactus League play, as will another young starter - Jose Quintana.
-Tyler Flowers is the Sox’ new No. 1 catcher, and Ventura said veteran workhorse A.J. Pierzynski (signed a one-year deal with Texas) will be missed.
“It’s going to be different,” RV said. “Anytime a player like A.J. doesn’t come back, and I think Mark (Buehrle) was the one last year, guys talk about them and they mention things that would have happened if they were here in certain situations. Were going to find out about Tyler Flowers and Hector Gimenez and our minor-league catchers. You appreciate what (Pierzynski’s) done for the organization. He’ll always be a White Sox; it’s not like he doesn’t get to come back.”
-The White Sox will have six Cactus League games televised from Arizona (five on Comcast SportsNet and one on WGN). WSCR-AM, the club's flagship radio station, will air nine games (including four interactive broadcasts).
The Sox also will webcast 13 additional spring training games free on whitesox.com.
The first televised spring training game is on March 15 at 2:05 p.m. when the White Sox play the Cubs.
-Individual game tickets to White Sox home games this season go on sale to the general public Thursday at 10 a.m. online at whitesox.com/Tickets, by phone at (866) SOX-GAME and at Ticketmaster locations.