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Jones lands on disabled list with forearm strain

White Sox don't expect reliever to be out long; Minaya recalled
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CHICAGO -- White Sox reliever Nate Jones was placed on the 10-day disabled list prior to Wednesday's contest with the Indians due to a pronator muscle strain in his right arm. Jones had an MRI showing no structural damage.

The hard-throwing right-hander felt soreness in the right forearm during his ninth-inning appearance Tuesday, when he gave up a Jose Ramirez double and walked one over one-third of an inning.

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CHICAGO -- White Sox reliever Nate Jones was placed on the 10-day disabled list prior to Wednesday's contest with the Indians due to a pronator muscle strain in his right arm. Jones had an MRI showing no structural damage.

The hard-throwing right-hander felt soreness in the right forearm during his ninth-inning appearance Tuesday, when he gave up a Jose Ramirez double and walked one over one-third of an inning.

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"He reported it, they looked at him, we got the MRI today," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "We're pleased but not pleased. It's nothing to do with his elbow. It's muscular, very mild, should be back as quickly as possible."

Jones, 32, is 2-2 with a 4.01 ERA, four saves and 27 strikeouts over 24 2/3 innings and 27 relief appearances this season. His seven years with the team give Jones top White Sox seniority on the current roster.

Right elbow neuritis and the ensuing nerve repositioning surgery shut down Jones' 2017 season on May 4 after 11 games. Jones missed all but two games in 2014 due to a microdiscectomy and then Tommy John Surgery after injuring his elbow while rehabbing from the first surgery.

But the White Sox don't seem worried this injury will cause an extended absence for one of their back-end bullpen presences.

"We'll just have to adjust to the guys we do have," Renteria said. "From what the diagnosis was, he's not throwing for six days and we'll see where he's at and try to get him back."

Right-handed reliever Juan Minaya was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte to replace Jones.

Farquhar returns
Danny Farquhar, who sustained a brain hemorrhage from a ruptured aneurysm during a home game on April 20 after he pitched against the Astros, was in good spirits during a clubhouse visit Wednesday. He exchanged pleasantries with teammates and talked with general manager Rick Hahn and hitting coach Todd Steverson while wearing a White Sox helmet behind the cage during batting practice.

"It's nice to see Danny. He looks really, really good. Very happy," Renteria said. "He continues to progress and he's doing very, very well. He knows he still has a long road ahead of him, but he's a very positive man."

Farquhar was cleared to throw but will not pitch competitively during the remainder of the '18 season.

Soria dropping down for success
Joakim Soria has converted all five of his save opportunities during June and has allowed just one unearned run over 8 2/3 innings since dropping his arm angle became a part of his delivery.

"It's the first time I've done it," Soria said. "It happened when we were facing Baltimore and I had a battle against Jonathan Schoop. It was a 3-2 count and I dropped the arm.

"He ended up grounding out. I see [James] Shields doing all that. It's kind of like a veteran thing maybe. You have to do whatever it takes to get the results."

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Shields, who started doing the same thing during a start against Boston last year and has continued throughout '18, wholeheartedly approves of Soria's change.

"He's been great," Shields said. "The fact that he's giving them a different look and coming in for one inning and how quickly he made an adjustment like that and has been successful, it's been amazing. He looks nasty down there to be honest with you. He knows his game. And to see the hitters react to his arm action like that is great."

White Sox announce Draft signings
The White Sox have agreed to terms with 25 of their 40 selections from the 2018 MLB Draft, including seven of their top 10 picks. Infielder Nick Madrigal (first round) from Oregon State, left-handed pitcher Konnor Pilkington (third) from Mississippi State and right-hander Davis Martin (14th) from Texas Tech remain unsigned but also are participating in the College World Series.

"[Director of amateur scouting] Nick Hostetler and his staff did a tremendous job," Hahn said. "Madrigal at the top, we feel we got what is arguably the best all-around college baseball player in the country. We're thrilled about the profile he brings and is a nice complement to some of the players we've already stockpiled in the system."

Shortstop Lency Delgado (fourth), righty Jonathan Stiever (fifth), righty Codi Heuer (sixth) and fleet-footed outfielder Cabrera Weaver (seventh) represent the highest signed draftees.

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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