Doctors prescribe 7-10 days of rest for White Sox prospect Dane Dunning
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PEORIA, Ariz. — Right-hander Dane Dunning will continue to rest and receive treatment for another seven to 10 days, the White Sox said Thursday.
One of the Sox’ top pitching prospects, Dunning has been sidelined this spring with forearm discomfort, but the plan is for him to begin a throwing program after that period. The determination was made after Dunning was examined by lead team doctor Nik Verma in Glendale, Arizona, and Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Florida.
Dunning’s health has been of utmost concern since he exited his start for Class AA Birmingham on June 23 and missed the rest of the season with a sprained right elbow. He returned to the mound for the instructional league in October and entered his offseason expecting to be healthy for spring training but was not invited to major-league camp after getting an invite last spring.
Acquired with Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez in the Adam Eaton trade, Dunning is ranked No. 6 by MLB Pipeline and No. 7 by Baseball America among Sox prospects, which makes him the organization’s third-highest-ranked pitching prospect behind Michael Kopech and Dylan Cease.
Hamilton shaken but OK
Right-hander Ian Hamilton is getting back into his normal routine, four days after an auto accident that left him and his fiancée mostly unscathed.
The vehicle Hamilton was driving is another story.
“Everything is OK, just the car is dead,” Hamilton said.
The car, which belonged to his agent, was totaled. Hamilton, a hard-throwing, late-inning reliever ranked 18th among Sox prospects by MLB Pipeline, said he wasn’t injured but needed a few days to recover nonetheless, throwing him off his normal schedule.
“I got thrown around, so I’m kind of stiff,’’ Hamilton said. “My fiancée was in the car, and she got thrown around a little bit, bumped in the head, so we’re staying low right now.’’
Hamilton, 23, appeared in eight games for the Sox last September and had a 4.50 ERA after posting ERAs of 1.78 at Class AA Birmingham and 1.71 at Class AAA Charlotte. He has been playing catch in recent days and was slated to throw a side session Friday. He expects to appear in his first game next week.
“I’m not hurt or anything,’’ he said. ‘‘I’ll be ready. Right now, just taking time.’’
McCann: Rodon has right stuff
Former Tigers catcher James McCann has developed a good rapport with left-hander Carlos Rodon, and after catching the Sox’ likely Opening Day starter during the first two weeks of camp, he also has developed a fine opinion of Rodon’s stuff.
McCann caught three Cy Young winners — David Price, Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer — during his four full seasons in Detroit.
“I was telling Carlos, you don’t hear his name with Price, Verlander and Scherzer yet,’’ McCann said. “I was telling him — yet. He has the stuff to be in those same conversations; he has the stuff to be in those Cy Young conversations at the end of the year. Now it’s taking that next step to put him in that next position.’’
Rodon will make his first Cactus League start Saturday against the Rockies at Camelback Ranch.