The White Sox are having rough start to the 2013 campaign. The offense has struggled and the defense has been spotty at best, but one major concern for the Sox right now is health. The White Sox are dealing with some early injuries and the disabled list is growing.
First, John Danks started the season on the DL, while recovering from shoulder surgery. Second, it was Gordon Beckham with his broken hamate bone in his wrist. Dayan Viciedo landed himself on the DL with a abdominal strain. Gavin Floyd's season may be coming to a end with damage to UCL in his elbow. Jake Peavy was scratched from his start on Thursday with back spasms. Let's not forget that DeWayne Wise is suffering from a stiff neck, Jordan Danks has a bursa sac on his knee, Angel Sanchez has a bad back, and Jeff Keppinger has been hampered by back issues as well. That's a lot and it's only May 2.
The Sox are currently 12-15 and sit in dead last in the America League Central. While it's still early and there is no reason to hit the panic button, the number of injuries is concerning. The White Sox as a organization is having its depth tested early on. While Conor Gillaspie has been a nice surprise for the White Sox, they are missing big names like Beckham and Viciedo in their everyday lineup.
The major concern will be pitching though for the Sox. John Danks started his minor league rehab Thursday in Birmingham. Danks finished with 86 pitches in 7 innings of work giving up 5 hits and 2 ER's. He struck out one and walked one. While Danks starting a minor league rehab is a good sign, he is still weeks away from a return. Gavin Floyd received bad news that his season and effectively his career with Sox might be over. Floyd, who had two stints on the DL last year with elbow issues, is rumored to need season ending surgery. To make things worse, Jake Peavy is experiencing back spasms, so who knows if he will make his next start. Dylan Axelrod and Hector Santiago already have entered the starting rotation leaving the Sox with little depth at starting pitching. With two off days next week, the Sox may b e able to pull of four starters barring that Peavy's injury isn't serious. If Peavy has to go on the DL, the Sox will need to call up a right handed pitcher. The problem is no one in the minors is throwing that great other than Erik Johnson, who the Sox would rather leave in the minors right now. Zach Stewart is a option, but he is not on the 40 man roster. Unless Floyd is placed on the 60 DL, the Sox would have to make room on the 40 man roster by DFA a player. The options on the 40 man roster are Simon Castro, Andre Rienzo, and Nestor Molina. None of them have been impress in AAA to make the Sox, as a organization, feel they are MLB ready.
The biggest obstacle for the Sox is going to be just remaining healthy. They cannot afford any other injuries to their roster. Viciedo is going to be heading a rehab assignment soon and hopefully is back in the next 7-10 days. Gordon Beckham had his stitches removed and will continue rehabbing to be back in late May. If John Danks, has no setbacks, he should be back in the rotation by the end of May. Hopefully the treatments Jake Peavy receives avoids a trip to the DL. One thing's for sure in 2013, the organizations depth is going to be tested. Hopefully, the Sox can get healthy and winning before it's too late.
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