8/16/2014 7:10 P.M. ET
Rodon to debut at Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- Carlos Rodon will be promoted to Triple-A Charlotte following four games with Class A Winston-Salem, two starts for the Dash and six games overall, including the Arizona Rookie League White Sox.
The White Sox top pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft and third overall selection has posted a 2.84 ERA, with 20 strikeouts and five walks over 12 2/3 innings. The southpaw, ranked the organization's top prospect, struck out seven over 3 2/3 innings in his last start for the Dash against Lynchburg on Aug. 13.
Rodon will have five days off between starts moving into Tuesday. If he stays on that five-day rest with Charlotte, he also would pitch on Aug. 25 at home against Norfolk and on Aug. 31 at home against Gwinnett. That schedule leaves Rodon primed for a September callup, although the White Sox have given no indication that move was probable.
Dunn contemplating 2014 as final season
CHICAGO -- Adam Dunn has begun to think about his Major League Baseball future with 39 games remaining in the 2014 season.
And while the slugger certainly isn't ready to make anything official, Dunn told MLB.com on Saturday that this current campaign could be his last one.
"I would say there's probably a really good chance actually. But again, I'm not making any decisions or anything yet," Dunn said. "It's going to definitely be a different offseason. I'm not going to play just to play. I'm not going to play just to hit 500 home runs. I'm not going to do this or do that. We'll see."
Dunn entered Saturday's contest with a .228 average, .351 on-base percentage, 19 homers and 49 RBIs for the White Sox. He readily admitted that the game is still fun for him, which has always been a major factor in Dunn deciding to stay active, but with his three children getting older, the man with 459 career homers over 14 years wants to be there for them with his wife, Rachel.
"Kids are getting there in age and they realize when you are home, and they realize when you are not home," Dunn said. "My mom and dad were always there, every practice, this and that.
"When I do talk to them and they do ask, 'Are you coming to this practice?' and I can't, they get it, but they just don't get it. That will be something that I'll definitely sit down and figure it out."
After agreeing to a four-year, $56 million deal with the White Sox before the 2011 season, Dunn has hit .202 with a .323 on-base percentage and 105 homers during his South Side tenure. He understands interest might not exist in a 34-year-old free agent, although Dunn still possesses power and on-base potential. But Dunn wants to make that decision well before talk of his future employment takes place.
"I'm going to do it early [in the offseason]. I'll sit down and think about it," Dunn said. "I've never done it before. I don't know exactly how I'm going to sit down and think about it, but I've got a couple of months left to figure it out and see what happens.
"Again, I want to make my decision based on me and not on that [contractual interest]. If there is interest and I don't want to play, I'm not playing. If there's not and I do want to play, that's going to be the problem."
Series of moves accompanies Avisail's return
CHICAGO -- The White Sox made a series of moves along with the return of Avisail Garcia from his injury rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte and his reinstatement from the 60-day disabled list on Saturday.
Left-handed pitcher Charlie Leesman was designated for assignment to make room for Garcia on the 40-man roster. Outfielder Moises Sierra was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique, after he was replaced by Leury Garcia in right field for the ninth inning of Friday's victory. Right-handed pitcher Javy Guerra was placed on the bereavement list, while left-handed pitcher Eric Surkamp was recalled from Charlotte to take Guerra's place for no less than three, but up to seven, days.
Erik Johnson, who broke camp as part of the White Sox starting rotation, was placed on the disabled list by Charlotte with right shoulder fatigue. Johnson had a 6.46 ERA over five starts with the White Sox and a 6.73 ERA over 20 starts for the Knights, not to mention a velocity drop with the fastball. That combination caused people to believe the right-hander was pitching through an injury, but this recent malady was the first problem mentioned by Johnson.
Third to first
• Manager Robin Ventura, Chris Sale and Scott Carroll all took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge to bring awareness and raise funds to find a cure for ALS prior to Saturday's game. Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald challenged Ventura.
• Winston-Salem right-handed pitcher Tyler Danish allowed two runs on four hits over six innings Friday night in a no-decision against Wilmington. His scoreless innings streak ended in the fourth inning at 25.
• Right-hander Hector Noesi is 4-1 with a 3.92 ERA over six second-half starts.
• Minnie Minoso spent Saturday night at St. Joseph Hospital after a fall from his boat on Friday. But according to White Sox senior vice president of communications Scott Reifert, Minoso is doing fine.
Minoso was standing toward the back of his boat and felt queasy before he happened to fall over, according to Reifert. Other people helped Minoso back into the boat and 911 was called.
The hope was that the 88-year-old White Sox legend could be released from the hospital Saturday, but one of the tests that needed to be done couldn't be done until Sunday. Reifert added that White Sox senior director of community relations Christine O'Reilly spoke to Minoso on Friday and he sounded good.