The Chicago White Sox general manager, Rick Hahn, spoke with reporters before tonight's game against the Detroit Tigers. With a record of 46-48, ten games back of the American League Central leading Cleveland Indians and seven games back in the wild card race, most around baseball considered the Sox's chances of making the postseason toast. That sentiment was all but confirmed by Hahn.
Hahn: "We’re mired in mediocrity & that’s not the goal, that’s not acceptable, that’s not what we’re trying to accomplish for long term."— Dan Hayes (@CSNHayes) July 21, 2016
In the media scrum, Hahn mentioned several times that the team was being open minded, but with the exception of adding short-term rentals in hopes of still making a run this season. Not a lot of talk about the idea of adding players in hopes for a better chance of winning in 2017, instead it was focused on the star pitchers, Chris Sale and Jose Quintana.
Rick Hahn says #WhiteSox won't rule out a teardown, but doing so w/Sale & Quintana under control thru 2019/20 "might be extreme."— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) July 21, 2016
To make matters worse, Hahn also delivered the infirmary report.
Avila has more damage to the hammy. At least 4 weeks away.— Connor McKnight (@C1McKnight) July 21, 2016
Zach Putnam had a setback with elbow injury. Going to consult with doctor to likely set up surgery to remove bone spurs.— Colleen Kane (@ChiTribKane) July 21, 2016
Austin Jackson will begin non-impact drills soon but still unclear when, or if, he'll come back this season. Carlos Rodon will throw a bullpen session tomorrow to determine if he will need a rehab start in Charlotte. If he does, that most likely means Jacob Turner could see an additional start after Friday.