Diving into the depths: Chicago White Sox

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This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training.
Chicago White Sox
Rotation
1. Mark Buehrle
2. Jake Peavy
3. Gavin Floyd
4. John Danks
5. Freddy Garcia
6. Dan Hudson
7. Brandon Hynick
8. Carlos Torres
9. Lucas Harrell
10. Jeff Marquez
The rotation is set, assuming good health. Hudson seems like a better bet than Garcia to me, but it makes plenty of sense to hold him in reserve initially. After him, there isn’t very much depth in the organization. Hynick has pretty good command, but I think he’d struggle mightily with the home run ball if thrown into U.S. Cellular.
Bullpen
1. Bobby Jenks
2. Matt Thornton
3. J.J. Putz
4. Tony Pena
5. Scott Linebrink
6. Randy Williams
7. Carlos Torres
8. Freddy Dolsi
9. Sergio Santos
10. Brian Omogrosso
11. Daniel Cabrera
12. Dan Hudson
13. Jhonny Nunez
14. Jeff Marquez
15. Derek Rodriguez
16. Greg Aquino
17. Santo Luis
18. Clevelan Santeliz
The bullpen, on the other hand, has two open spots, though Williams would seem to be the clear favorite for one after being kept on the 40-man roster all winter. The White Sox would also be very open to dumping Linebrink’s contract if given the chance, but it’s doubtful that they’ll have the opportunity.
Santos, a converted shortstop, isn’t nearly ready to help, but he is out of options and the White Sox may keep him as their 12th pitcher if he impresses at all this spring.


Catcher
1. A.J. Pierzynski
2. Ramon Castro
3. Tyler Flowers
4. Cole Armstrong
5. Donny Lucy
First base
1. Paul Konerko
2. Mark Kotsay
3. Mark Teahen
Second base
1. Gordon Beckham
2. Jayson Nix
3. Omar Vizquel
4. Brent Lillibridge
Third base
1. Mark Teahen
2. Omar Vizquel
3. Jayson Nix
4. Dayan Viciedo
Shortstop
1. Alexei Ramirez
2. Omar Vizquel
3. Jayson Nix
I think Beckham does belong at second base, but the White Sox are going to have a weak defensive infield with this group. Ramirez is still iffy to last at shortstop, and Teahen is below average at third. Beckham, who was drafted as a shortstop, might be the best defender here if he can adapt quickly.
Left field
1. Carlos Quentin
2. Andruw Jones
3. Jordan Danks
4. Mark Kotsay
5. Stefan Gartrell
6. Josh Kroeger
Center field
1. Juan Pierre
2. Alex Rios
3. Mark Kotsay
4. Jordan Danks
5. Alejandro De Aza
Right field
1. Alex Rios
2. Andruw Jones
3. Mark Kotsay
4. Alejandro De Aza
5. Stefan Gartrell
6. Josh Kroeger
Designated hitter
1. Andruw Jones
2. Paul Konerko
3. Carlos Quentin
4. Mark Kotsay
5. Jason Botts
6. Tyler Flowers
Barring an addition, it looks like Jones could be the primary DH early on. Maybe Flowers will be a factor there at midseason, but he’ll probably start off as the catcher for Triple-A Charlotte. The bench spots will go to Kotsay, Vizquel, Castro and probably either Nix or De Aza.

Michael Wacha leaves game with a left oblique strain

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Cardinals starter Michael Wacha suffered a strained left oblique muscle during his start this afternoon against the Phillies, causing him to leave in the fourth inning.

Wacha is 8-2 with a 3.20 ERA and a 71/36 K/BB ratio in 84.1 innings across 15 starts this season with St. Louis. To the extent he has to miss some time — and obliques invariably send starters to the disabled list — potential fill-in candidates include John Gant, Daniel Poncedeleon and Dakota Hudson.