GM Hahn encouraged by quick start to season

White Sox playing well despite tough April schedule

GM Hahn encouraged by quick start to season

MINNEAPOLIS -- When Rick Hahn went to bed Monday, he was the general manager for one of two first-place baseball teams in Chicago.

Of course, seven games does not remotely come close to making a full season. But Hahn is more than satisfied with his White Sox play amid a tough April schedule.

"I'm not checking the standings just yet," said Hahn with a laugh, speaking before Wednesday's contest with the Twins. "I do know that for all of us in the front office and White Sox fans it's been real enjoyable this week.

"You go to bed feeling good about where things sat Monday night, but also a little disappointed about having an off-day. You want the team continuing to be out there and maintaining the momentum they were able to create for themselves."

The White Sox won't have that pesky off-day problem for a while. Starting with Wednesday night's contest, they play 19 games in the next 19 days.

Anderson, Hawkins dealing with injuries

Tim Anderson, the team's No. 2 prospect, per MLBPipeline.com, has been sidelined by a left wrist strain. The shortstop last played for Triple-A Charlotte on April 8, and was thought to be out for three to five days at the time of the injury.

"So he's entering the sort of day-to-day period with that right now," Hahn said.

Courtney Hawkins, the team's No. 9 prospect, has been sidelined by a mild oblique strain. Hahn did have praise for Miguel Gonzalez, the right-handed hurler who struck out five over five innings during his first outing for Charlotte after the White Sox acquired him through free agency.

"Velocity was up to 92-93 mph in some instances, averaging in the low 90s," Hahn said. "In that first start, he looked good, looked healthy and looked like the kind of guy who conceivably could help us at some point."

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