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• Ventura has made it clear that he wants September callups when rosters expand on Monday to be able to play and not just sit on the bench in reserve. The month of September becomes an important talent evaluation period for the team.

"You hear about them and you see the stats and everything, but you always want to see what it is and how it plays up here," said Ventura of top Minor Leaguers such as Andy Wilkins, Josh Phegley and possibly Carlos Rodon. "So whenever that happens, talking to Rick, I want them to be able to play and see what they can do up here and make some decisions in the offseason with how you go forward.

"In September, guys that come up, it's their chance. I don't think they gain anything, they gain something, but I don't think they gain enough of coming up here and just sitting on the bench and watching."

• White Sox assistant general manager Buddy Bell celebrated his 63rd birthday Wednesday. Jim Thome, who serves as a special assistant to the general manager and recently retired with 612 career home runs, celebrated his 44th birthday.

• Avisail Garcia turned a potential leadoff triple into a double during the sixth inning of Tuesday's loss when he lost track of the ball in the right-field corner and slid into second as it was bouncing around. Ventura said the matter was discussed with Garcia, focusing on Garcia taking a glance at the ball in that situation and then picking up McEwing.

• Ventura said a second starter for Saturday's doubleheader has been discussed but not decided on.

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