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Gamethread: Rangers (ss) at White Sox

It’s Iván Nova’s turn to prove he belongs in a major league rotation

MLB: Spring Training-Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago White Sox
Stop me if you’ve seen this scene before: White Sox starter — this one today’s, Iván Nova — gets bounced from a game.
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Hey all, let’s start the day off with some “rosters” cuts:

Obviously good ol’ Nate Nolan was merely an extra set of shin guards, but the three other players had at least an outside shot at breaking camp with the White Sox.

Clearly the big disappointment here is Thyago Vieira, who saw significant time with the big club in 2018 after slowly honing his control at Triple-A Charlotte. His offerings this spring have not fooled even the AA/AAA/MLB level hitters he’s been facing, so it’s back to the drawing board in North Carolina.

Ryan Cordell was always going to be a long shot to make the roster as a spare outfielder, but after a scintillating spring in 2018 that had him perhaps as the last cut before heading north, it’s been a rough road, from broken collarbone to merely settling in as a dreaded AAAA player.

Josh Osich was always just going to be Xavier Cedeño Lite, and thus is an org arm better served in Charlotte. Based on when he was claimed, he would have had to strike out sides on nine pitches to hope to stick with the White Sox in April.

That ballyhooed Eloy Jiménez extension still has not been officially confirmed by the White Sox. It’s just been 24 hours, during which the team may be burning off valuable fan buzz capital, but I’m sure there’s nothing at all to worry about. Just a long, long, long physical.

So, on to today’s action.

Definitely an Opening Day lineup for the White Sox, save perhaps for James McCann catching instead of Welington Castillo (although, come to think of it ...). Iván Nova starts, facing Jason Hammel of the Texas Rangers.

The ballgame is on at 3:05 p.m. CT, if you dare.