Prospect Adolfo has successful ankle surgery

Second baseman Johnson continuing rehab; Ventura addresses Robertson's frustration after review

Prospect Adolfo has successful ankle surgery

CHICAGO -- Micker Adolfo, the White Sox No. 8 prospect per, underwent surgery on his left ankle to repair a fractured fibula and ligament damage. The surgery was successful, and the 18-year-old is expected to be 100 percent by Spring Training 2016.

"We are talking about a kid who would be a senior in high school right now. He certainly has youth on his side in terms of this recovery," said White Sox general manager Rick Hahn of the right-handed-hitting and throwing outfielder, who signed with the organization in 2013. "We certainly have a great deal of development time ahead of us on our side.

"In all probability, this is not a long-term major setback. Obviously, it's disappointing he wasn't able to get through the whole season healthy. He suffered a painful injury, but we are fairly confident it won't have any long-term impact on him."

Adolfo hit .253 with 10 RBIs and three stolen bases in limited action with the Rookie-level Arizona League affiliate this season. The ankle was injured during an Arizona League contest.

"Again, you don't want to minimize the impact of any injury," Hahn said. "It's unfortunate. It was painful. Unfortunately it turned out to be surgical. But in terms of long-term impact on his ultimate Major League career four, five or six years from now, we don't think it will have any impact."

• Micah Johnson, who has not played since July 29 due to a left hamstring strain, is rehabbing the injury in Arizona. Hahn said that the team hopes to have Johnson active with Triple-A Charlotte in the next week to 10 days. Johnson hit .270 as the White Sox starting second baseman out of camp. He has a .328 average with 26 stolen bases since returning to Charlotte.

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Aybar tagged out, call stands

• White Sox manager Robin Ventura understood closer David Robertson's frustration with the ninth-inning delay Wednesday caused by Angels manager Mike Scioscia coming back out to get an explanation from home-plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth on a video replay that was ruled to stand as called. The call involved a tag by Tyler Flowers on Erick Aybar after a dropped third strike.

Ventura said Scioscia's move, standing with the umpire in front of home plate, could have been a bit of gamesmanship, although Scioscia said it absolutely was not. But Ventura didn't agree with Robertson's "bush league" comment directed at Scioscia's action.

"Do I think Scioscia is? No, but when a guy is on the mound and he's emotional, he's in the middle of it, stuff gets said," Ventura said. "Any guy, any closer is that way, or any pitcher that's waiting around. I don't see him any different than anybody else.

"That one is just getting clarification. He wasn't arguing about a safe or out call. So there have been times when you've been able to go out there and talk to [the umpire] about how it all went down and what was the reasoning for it. And you have a little leeway on that. It's not like just a safe/out call."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.