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White Sox select shortstop Anderson in first round

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The White Sox selected junior college shortstop Tim Anderson with the 17th pick in the draft on Thursday night. Anderson, from East Central (Miss.) J.C., was the second shortstop taken.

Anderson has very good speed, solid power, and has been compared to Brandon Phillips or a faster version of Orlando Hudson.

High schooler J.P. Crawford was taken by the Phillies with the 16th selection.

"I'm very shocked, so excited. I'm at a loss for words right now,'' Anderson said.

Anderson missed much of his high school baseball because of basketball. He was not drafted after his senior year of high school or after his first year in junior college.

"Dreams do come true, never give up,'' he said.

Troncoso, Heath join White Sox pitching staff

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In need of a replacement for the injured Jake Peavy and an additional fresh arm after Sunday's marathon game in Seattle, the White Sox recalled right-hander Deunte Heath from AAA Charlotte and purchased the contract of right-hander Ramon Troncoso from Charlotte.

Troncoso, 30, is 1-1 with a 2.19 ERA and eight saves for Charlotte. He pitched in 175 games in relief over parts of four seasons with the Dogers from 2008-11. In 2009 he was 5-4 with a 2.72 ERA and six saves.

Heath is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA at Charlotte. He gave up seven earned runs over 5 2/3 innings when he was up with the White Sox this season.

Peavy (6-4, 4.30 ERA) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a displaced rib. He will be shut down four to six weeks.

Right-handed reliever Brian Omogrosso, 29, was optioned to Charlotte. He was 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA in 11 relief appearances since coming up from Charlotte on May 1.

Peavy out for 4-6 weeks with non-displaced rib fracture

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SEATTLE -- White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy has a non-displaced rib fracture on his left side, an MRI Wednesday morning revealed Wednesday morning.

Peavy will be shut down for 4-6 weeks. The only treatment for such an ailment is rest, and he will be evaluated throughout the healing process.

Peavy said the injury surfaced on Sunday while the team was in Oakland. He wouldn't back down from a start against the Mariners Tuesday, he said, with fellow Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez pitching for the Mariners and the Sox going through a seven-game losing streak.

Peavy left the game during the third inning. The Sox eventually lost 7-4, extending the streak to eight. X-rays taken Tuesday night did not reveal a fracture.

Peavy was sore enough to see a doctor Monday.

"He felt he could go through it,'' manager Robin Ventura said Wednesday before getting the results of the MRI. "I can't sit there and figure out the guy unless he gives you the information. He felt he could get through it. It's one of those where he started out and looked all right. By the time he got to the third, it looked like there was something going on.''

SEATTLE - Robin Ventura said last week that it can always get worse.

Joe McEwing knows that it can. The White Sox third base coach played for the 2005 Kansas City Royals team that lost 106 games, including 19 in a row.

Leave it to "Super Joe" to find the beauty in a 19-game skid. His glass is always half full.

"The beautiful part about it was nobody pointed fingers,'' McEwing said Wednesday before the Sox tried to stop an eight-game skid against the Mariners. "When you go through that and don't have a good clubhouse, a lot of individuals point fingers and it disrupts the club. But when we went through it we continued to grind through and battle.

"It's easy when everything is going good. You find out what people are about when you're struggling.''
The Sox clubhouse is like that, McEwing said. It's part makeup of its individuals, part following the manager's lead.

"Yes, he's the same guy every single day,'' McEwing said of Ventura. "He's the true definition of a leader, going about it the right way and the same way every day. You don't want anybody to see you sweat.

"Robin is a true pro. Sure, this is not easy, but he's been through it [as a player] and knows how hard it is to go through this. He's staying positive as can be and going about his business the same way. [The coaching staff gives] everybody the information and puts them in the best position to be successful. Go out there and compete.

While most of the media and fan base have written off the season, McEwing won't. Not on June 5.

"What you forget is we're still only [seven] games back and one good run from being right back in it. It's true,'' he said. "We have time. Go out there, hopefully play clean baseball and see where we're at.''

White Sox lose 8th in row; Peavy leaves with rib pain

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SEATTLE -- Sinking lower by the day in a slump that, with each loss brings them closer to a breakup, the White Sox suffered a double-edged blow in a 7-4 loss to the Mariners at Safeco Field on Tuesday night.

Right-hander Jake Peavy, a valuable trade chip if and when general manager Rick Hahn decides it's time to raise the white flag and deal veterans for prospects, left in the third inning against the Mariners with pain in a rib on the left side of his chest area.

X-rays were negative. Before his team attempts to halt an eight-game losing streak against the Mariners on Wednesday, Peavy will be going for an MRI.

Peavy will almost certainly miss at least one start and could be facing time on the disabled list. The discomfort began on Sunday when the team was in Oakland, it was revealed after the game, and he went to a doctor on Monday. He said he knew warming up before the game that he wasn't going to be at his best.

"Tonight obviously with every pitch it got worse,'' Peavy said. "It's something that's pretty acute, pretty sharp. I couldn't physically do much from the start of the game. Try to gut through it and it's just frustrating.''

"Early on, you could see he was throwing but it didn't seem to have the zip that you normally see,'' manager Robin Ventura said.

Peavy said it hurts taking deep breaths and that he couldn't imagine being ready to make his next start.

"Just walking I can feel it,'' he said.

If Peavy, who gave up six runs on seven hits, isn't healthy or is deemed a health risk, he of course won't be worth as much to the Sox in a deal for younger players or prospects. This was the second abbreviated outing for Peavy following two 117-pitch efforts, including a complete game victory against the Miami Marlins on May 25.

Peavy's velocity topped out at 90 mph Tuesday, about three mph below normal. After Raul Ibanez, who had homered in the first inning, followed a double by Kendrys Morales with a double of his own, manager Robin Ventura visited Peavy. Trainer Herm Schneider joined in and escorted Peavy off the mound with the Sox trailing 6-2.

Peavy threw 69 pitches in a four-inning outing against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Thursday, when he was tagged for six runs on eight hits.

Hernandez (7-4) gave up four runs, two on Adam Dunn's 13th homer in the second and Tyler Flowers' RBI double in the eighth.

A night after bench coach Mark Parent was ejected for arguing balls and strikes, manager Robin Ventura had three visits with the umpires about an appeal play at first, a replay review of Nick Franklin's homer that was changed to a double and a beef about catcher Tyler Flowers being interfered with on an attempted steal.

"I spent too much time on the field tonight,'' he said.

Peavy gave it the old college try knowing his team desperately needed a win and because Hernandez, like him a Cy Young winner, was pitching.

"It's hard for me when it's not my arm or something else,'' he said.

"When your team is losing this many in a row, you're going against Felix, this is what you live for as a competitor to go against their best guy. I was bumming out even before the start that I wasn't going to get a good crack at it and go out there feeling normal and go out there. at the same time I felt like was willing myself to go out there and make pitches, I wasn't able to do that.

"When you fight back from arm injuries and significant injuries you feel are part of the game, to have something like this flare up and not even sure how, it's frustrating and sickening. It brings tears to my eyes.''

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