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Chicago White Sox outfielder Luis Robert Jr. has played in both Grapefruit League games to start spring, going a combined 0-for-4 with a strikeout. The overall positive takeaway is that the 26-year-old is healthy and on the field, as injuries have been an issue throughout his career. Robert Jr. was able to stay on the field for most of 2023, slashing .264/.315/.542 with 38 home runs, 90 runs scored, 80 RBI, and 20 stolen bases in 595 plate appearances over 145 games. Despite hitting in a weak White Sox lineup, Robert Jr. has the potential to be a top fantasy contributor if he can stay healthy. It will be an encouraging sign for fantasy managers if he can put in a full spring.
The Chicago White Sox claimed outfielder Peyton Burdick off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles on Friday and placed right-hander Matt Foster (elbow) on the 60-day injured list in a corresponding move. The White Sox will be Burdick's third team of the offseason, and he'll have his best shot at making the Opening Day roster with the rebuilding club. The 26-year-old will be no more than outfield depth, though. The former third-round pick of the Miami Marlins in 2019 out of Wright State has appeared in 46 games the last two seasons with the Fish, hitting .200/.281/.368 with only five home runs, 13 RBI, two stolen bases and 12 runs scored in 139 plate appearances.
Chicago White Sox relief pitcher John Brebbia (calf) said he strained his right calf walking back to the mound after moving toward first base on a grounder during a live batting practice session at camp the other day. Brebbia was able to finish the BP session and said his pitching is unaffected, even though he's now in a walking boot and rolling around on a scooter. He doesn't know exactly how long it will be before he's pitching in spring games, but he said the trainers estimated he'd miss a few weeks before he's back to full speed. The 33-year-old won't need as much time to get ready for the regular season because he's a reliever, but he's still going to be a candidate to open the year on the injured list. When healthy, he's the favorite to close games for the White Sox in 2024. If he opens the year on the IL, veterans Jesse Chavez and Bryan Shaw figure to factor into the ninth-inning mix.
Chicago White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech (knee) is in the "best physical shape since 2021," pitching coach Ethan Katz relayed to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times. It's unclear just how much stock fantasy managers should take in this update, but it's a promising report nonetheless considering Kopech recently admitted he lost 20 pounds while recovering from knee surgery. "He's been phenomenal," Katz added in regard to Kopech on Thursday. "Ball's coming out hot and he's pounding the strike zone, so right now he's in a great spot." The 27-year-old was roughed up through 30 games last year, amassing a 6.46 FIP, 35.5 GB%, 6.33 BB/9, and 2.02 HR/9.
Chicago White Sox left-hander Shane Drohan (shoulder), the team's Rule 5 pick, underwent left-shoulder surgery on Thursday morning. Drohan is expected to start a throwing program by the end of spring training. The 25-year-old is probably going to be sidelined for a while before he's cleared to pitch in minor-league games in 2024. The former fifth-round pick of the Boston Red Sox out of Florida State in 2020 went a combined 10-7 with a 5.05 ERA and 1.58 WHIP with 72 walks and 129 strikeouts in 123 innings over 27 appearances (25 starts) with Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester. While Drohan has served as a starter in Boston's farm system, it's possible the White Sox will utilize him as a multi-inning reliever when he's healthy, especially now that he'll be recovering from surgery in 2024.