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This Week in White Sox Minor League Baseball

Scott Olsen
Scott Olsen

This week:

  • Phil Humber begins his rehab assignment with Charlotte today. Humber hasn't pitched since June 16 due to a flexor strain in his right elbow. The big test for his elbow will come when he throws his slider at game speed. If all goes well, he'd likely have one more rehab start before re-joining the club.
  • Another pitcher is beginning a much longer rehab assignment at a much lower level. The White Sox signed LHP Scott Olsen to a minor league contract in the offseason knowing that he was coming off another shoulder injury and wouldn't be able to pitch until mid-season. The former Marlins top prospect has shown flashes of adequacy in his career in between injuries, fits of rage and drunkenness. It's unlikely that he'd be in the mix for 2012 but his contract gave the White Sox a major league option on him for 2013. He pitched one inning for Bristol on Friday and he'll probably see two or three more starts for them before working his way through the affiliates to Charlotte.
  • With the White Sox continuing to empty their upper minors of pitchers, they re-acquired RHP Shane Lindsay to fill a roster spot. He's the Aussie who made his major league debut with the White Sox last September, sending his mother on a short notice, $4000 trip from Australia to Dallas to Detroit to make it just in time to see his first game. He's spent time in the Dodgers and Cubs organizations this year.
  • Injury update: CF Keenyn Walker returned from the DL. RHP Nestor Molina was placed on the DL with right elbow tendinitis, allegedly a minor injury but enough for him to come to Chicago for evaluation. Fellow offseason acquisition RHP Simon Castro also went on the DL the day after pitching a 7 inning gem for Charlotte. No word on the injury. 2012 second round pick 1B Keon Barnum has been out since June 23 with what is described as a minor shoulder injury. The club haven't disabled him, which might support the injury being minor but, with a 35 man active roster limit, there isn't always urgency to free up a roster spot in Rookie Ball.
  • 1B Andy Wilkins is finally showing some signs of life for Birmingham. As a player likely limited to first base defensively, he needs to hit and hit consistently to keep himself relevant. He attributes his struggles to a strained rotator cuff and says that he's only now getting his swing back to normal. We shall see. For the season: .230/.332/.450.
  • OF Jared Mitchell continues to struggle with the after-effects of an aggressive fellating by the Chicago media. After putting the hype machine into overdrive with a good first month, he's returned to his previous high strikeout, low average, good walk and meh power ways. His dropping season line: .257/.380/.435. Don't say I didn't warn you.