Adam Hoge’s Spring Training Blog

Adam Dunn. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Hoge’s Verdict: White Sox Are Contenders This Season

After spending a week at spring training in Arizona, I’ve come to a number of conclusions regarding the White Sox. Here are my thoughts on the team and my final verdict for the season.

CBS Chicago–04/03/2012

Robin Ventura chats with Tommy Lasorda before a spring training game. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Hoge: Ventura Sets Opening Day Roster

By Adam Hoge- GLENDALE, Ariz. (CBS) – The White Sox pushed up cut day and rookie manager Robin Ventura set his first Opening Day roster Saturday morning. The biggest battle was for the last two […]

CBS Chicago–03/31/2012

Alex Rios

Hoge’s Spring Training Notebook: Rios’ Achilles OK, But Toe Issue Lingering

The toe issue that bothered Rios last season is not gone, but he says the pain is less severe now.

CBS Chicago–03/30/2012

Chris Sale. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Spring Training Notebook: Sale Impresses, Rios Gets Dinged Up

The hard-throwing left-hander allowed just one run in six innings of work Thursday as the White Sox beat the Dodgers 3-1 at Camelback Ranch.

CBS Chicago–03/29/2012

Theo Epstein. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Cubs Receive Prospect From Red Sox To Complete Epstein Deal

The Cubs acquired first baseman prospect Jair Bogaerts from the Red Sox Thursday to complete the compensation deal for Theo Epstein.

CBS Chicago–03/29/2012

Randy Wells

Hoge’s Spring Training Notebook: Cubs Roster Taking Shape

While most of the Cubs players were getting ready for morning workouts at HoHoKam Stadium Thursday, a few were instead cleaning out their lockers after getting cut.

CBS Chicago–03/29/2012

Jeff Samardzija.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Video: Samardzija After Big Outing Against Indians

Jeff Samardzija meets the media after throwing six scoreless innings against the Indians, an outing that likely locked down a rotation spot.

CBS Chicago–03/28/2012

Jeff Samardzija. (credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Hoge: Samardzija All But Locks Down Rotation Spot

After the right-hander gave up seven earned runs in just four innings his last time out, Cubs manager Dale Sveum made it clear Wednesday morning that Samardzija’s outing would have an impact on whether or not he makes the rotation.

CBS Chicago–03/28/2012

Dale Sveum. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Hoge’s Spring Training Notebook: Decision Day For Cubs

Cubs manager Dale Sveum will sit down with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer Wednesday night and make the final roster decisions before the team breaks camp next week.

CBS Chicago–03/28/2012

Jake Peavy. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Hoge’s Spring Training Notebook: Peavy Blames Himself Too

Jake Peavy isn’t exactly denying the White Sox mishandled him, but he’s also putting a lot of blame on himself.

CBS Chicago–03/27/2012

Jake Peavy. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Video: Jake Peavy Promises ‘We’re Not Losing 95 Games’

After a minor league outing Tuesday, Jake Peavy met the media and discussed his start while also addressing concerns about how the White Sox have handled him.

CBS Chicago–03/27/2012

Eduardo Escobar. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Hoge’s Spring Training Notebook: Escobar Likely To Make White Sox

It appears rookie infielder Eduardo Escobar will stay with the White Sox when the team breaks camp next week.

CBS Chicago–03/27/2012

Robin Ventura. (

Video: Ventura Names Danks Opening Day Starter

After John Danks pitched seven strong innings against the Dodgers Monday with his agent and family in attendance, White Sox manager Robin Ventura officially named the lefty his opening day starter.

CBS Chicago–03/27/2012

John Danks

Hoge’s Spring Training Notebook: Danks Named Opening Day Starter

After taking most of the spring to make a final decision, Ventura made the announcement after the left-hander pitched seven strong innings against the Dodgers Monday at Camelback Ranch.

CBS Chicago–03/26/2012

John Danks

VIDEO: John Danks After Seven Solid Innings Against Dodgers

John Danks meets the media after giving up just two earned runs in seven innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday.

CBS Chicago–03/26/2012

Ozzie Guillen. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Hoge’s Spring Training Notebook: Guillen Sons Jump The Gun

It figures that on my first day here at Camelback Ranch, Ozzie Guillen and his sons were the hot topic.

CBS Chicago–03/26/2012