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Fulmer to make first big league start Monday

Righty gets nightcap of DH; Farquhar called up to replace Lopez
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ARLINGTON -- After 54 career Minor League starts and eight big league relief appearances during the 2016 season, Carson Fulmer is scheduled to make his first Major League start Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Fulmer, the No. 11 White Sox prospect per MLBPipeline.com, gets the nightcap of a doubleheader with Minnesota and follows Game 1 starter Carlos Rodon. The 23-year-old has a 7-8 record, 5.61 ERA, 95 strikeouts and 63 walks over 122 innings for Triple-A Charlotte this season, covering 24 starts.

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ARLINGTON -- After 54 career Minor League starts and eight big league relief appearances during the 2016 season, Carson Fulmer is scheduled to make his first Major League start Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Fulmer, the No. 11 White Sox prospect per MLBPipeline.com, gets the nightcap of a doubleheader with Minnesota and follows Game 1 starter Carlos Rodon. The 23-year-old has a 7-8 record, 5.61 ERA, 95 strikeouts and 63 walks over 122 innings for Triple-A Charlotte this season, covering 24 starts.

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"You know, the first two months of this season, Fulmer was the guy," White Sox assistant general manager Buddy Bell said. "If we would have called down there and said, 'Cat [Charlotte pitching coach Steve McCatty], who do you recommend,' it would have been Fulmer.

"Over the last two months, Reynaldo Lopez and Gio (Lucas Giolito) have sort of straightened themselves out. But with the exception of the last month, month and a half, Fulmer has been pretty good."

Being the 26th man allowed for Monday's doubleheader, Fulmer figures to return to Charlotte after the start. But he also should return to the White Sox as part of September callups.

"Great kid, competitor," said White Sox manager Rick Renteria of Fulmer. "Obviously he has been starting for us down there and he's still finding his way. There's no doubt in my mind with his personality and his makeup, he's going to be able to find his niche and be able to be an effective Major League pitcher."

Farquhar joins the White Sox

Veteran right-handed reliever Danny Farquhar had his contract purchased from Charlotte by the White Sox on Saturday and was added to the bullpen, taking the roster spot of Lopez, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained back. Farquhar joined the White Sox organization via a Minor League deal on July 24 and went 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA over 12 innings for the Knights.

Video: TB@MIN: Farquhar fans Sano with bases loaded

But there's another interesting wrinkle to Farquhar's White Sox arrival. As a Florida native growing up a Marlins' fan, Farquhar's favorite player was none other than Renteria.

"You had Gary Sheffield, Jeff Conine, Robb Nen, all the players to choose from and I chose Rick Renteria, the secret weapon," Farquhar said. "They had a picture day where you walked around the warning track, and I got a picture somewhere of me hugging him. Big hug. Hopefully I can get my dad to send that. We can get that on the internet."

Farquhar let Renteria know of the connection when he joined the White Sox in Texas.

Davidson getting closer

Third baseman/designated hitter Matt Davidson is making progress toward returning from a right wrist contusion placing him on the disabled list Aug. 8 (retroactive to Aug. 4). Davidson suffered the injury when he was hit by a Marcus Stroman pitch on Aug. 1.

"Right now, our plan is to continue to have him taking batting practice, working in the field, get him through Tuesday," Renteria said. "At that point, we will make a decision about how we proceed, whether it's a rehab assignment, which is likely because he has been down an extended period of time. He's progressing well, feeling better." 

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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