CHICAGO -- The right forearm pain felt by Nate Jones has been going on for the last two to three weeks, according to the White Sox reliever. But Tuesday's appearance against the Indians marked the first time Jones felt he could no long pitch through the discomfort."It was kind of
CHICAGO -- The right forearm pain felt by Nate Jones has been going on for the last two to three weeks, according to the White Sox reliever. But Tuesday's appearance against the Indians marked the first time Jones felt he could no long pitch through the discomfort.
"It was kind of like self-treating," Jones said prior to Thursday's series finale. "I've been through three surgeries, so I knew what was actually hurting and what was sore and what I could do about things like that. After the outing the other night, I knew I needed more help than just myself.
"There was one particular pitch that it kind of started burning a little bit on me. Obviously, I knew I was hurting the team rather than helping, so I had to say something, get something done, and that's where we're at now."
Jones, 32, woke up the next day after throwing and felt something different than just regular soreness. He wasn't throwing back-to-backs, so he had time in between to recoup. That soreness kept him from finishing pitches, contributing to seven walks vs. seven strikeouts in his last nine games. He was placed on the 10-day DL on Wednesday.
But there was a sense of relief when an MRI showed no ligament damage for a pitcher who has already had season-ending Tommy John and nerve repositioning surgeries on the same arm.
"They compared my Tommy John ligament from last year to this year, and nothing's changed," Jones said. "The flexor tendon, I guess the flexor mass or mass flexor -- whatever it is, I'm not really sure about all the medical terms -- but we're back there getting it right.
"Like I said, I was hurting the team instead of helping. So I had to get something done."
Moncada and Anderson out of action
Second baseman Yoan Moncada and shortstop Tim Anderson received rare days off Thursday to get a little break from a recent run of rough results. Anderson is hitless in his last 14 at-bats and 5-for-his-last-37, while Moncada is in a 14-for-83 funk over his last 20 games.
"Let them take a step back, catch their breath," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "Both of them are trying a little bit too hard. Putting them both together on the bench, being able to maybe talk to them during the ballgame might be a good thing."
Moncada entered Thursday second in the Majors with 92 strikeouts, but Renteria doesn't seem concerned about Moncada's current swing and miss propensity.
"The strikeouts in and of themselves I'm not too concerned about, because the bat-to-ball skills are there," Renteria said. "I don't want him to start changing his approach based on strike zones. I want him to be able to maximize what he's capable of doing with the pitches he's capable of handling.
"That's one of the things you need to make sure he understands and we understand. We want you to stay focused in maximizing your ability over time."
Palka, Covey making statements
Outfielder Daniel Palka and right-handed starter Dylan Covey are two examples of young players taking advantage of opportunities afforded by the White Sox rebuild, possibly putting them in play for more competitive times in the future.
"You've heard me say probably too many times that the baseball gods can be cruel. Not everyone's going to hit their potential," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. "Some guys are going to get hurt, unexpected things are going to happen.
"There actually is a positive corollary to that in that some people are going to surprise us. Regardless of their pedigree or how we acquired the player, whether it's off waivers or through the Rule 5 or a major trade involving a former star, we have no biases as far as who winds up being the 25 guys that help us win a championship."
Third to first
Outfielder Avisail Garcia is 1-for-5 in his first two Minor League rehab games with Triple-A Charlotte.
"Feels good, feels healthy, feels sound," Renteria said. "He's got still a few more to go."
Garcia was scheduled to play seven innings Thursday, nine on Friday and have Saturday off. He has been out of action since April 23 with a strained right hamstring.
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.