Tag:Matt Thornton
Posted on: December 6, 2010 2:28 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 4:43 pm
 

Ozzie Guillen: Dunn to hit third

Dunn Ozzie Guillen held court Monday at the Winter Meetings, and revealed that he plans to hit slugger Adam Dunn third in the order.

"I want him to hit in the first inning," Guillen said of the lefty (pictured). Makes sense, as Dunn will generally either hit a home run or walk, which would extend the first inning. That would leave Paul Konerko in his customary cleanup spot.

How about at closer, where the White Sox no longer have Bobby Jenks after non-tendering him?

Either Matt Thornton or Chris Sale will close, so Guillen seems to want a lefty in the role. Sale is currently preparing to be a starter in the expectation that Jake Peavy won't be able to begin the season, so the job may fall to Thornton. That's not final, however as the team could bring back J.J. Putz to fill the role or opt for another player.

Guillen also had a quip (when doesn't he?) about Jayson Werth's seven-year, $126 million pact with the Nationals.

"I wish I was his agent. Or his wife," he said.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 26, 2010 3:00 pm
 

White Sox pick up Thornton, Castro options

Matt Thornton
In one of the least surprising moves of the offseason, the White Sox have exercised their 2011 option on left-hander Matt Thornton, reports MLB.com via Twitter. Thornton gets a raise from $2.25 million to $3 million, but that's a bargaim for the Sox after the 34-year-old reliever posted a 2.67 ERA in 61 appearances this season. Usually a setup man, with Chicago's closer situation in flux Thornton finished 13 games and earned eight saves.

Chicago also picked up a $1.2 million option on backup catcher Ramon Castro, who batted .278/.328/.504 in 115 at-bats last season, and requested waivers on right-hander Carlos Torres so he can pursue a job in Asia.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 14, 2010 5:31 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:25 am
 

R.I.P White Sox: Never a dull moment

As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Now: the Chicago White Sox.

There's one thing about these Chicago White Sox, they're never dull. And that was the case again in 2010 as Kenny Williams and Ozzie Guillen had their own reality show and provided more than enough fodder in an ultimately unsuccessful season.

WHAT WENT WRONG

Jake Peavy The vaunted White Sox rotation never quite lived up to its billing -- Jake Peavy (pictured, left) had his search cut in half with injury, and even before that he was medicore, going 7-6 with a 4.63 ERA. Mark Buehrle, John Danks and Gavin Floyd were merely slightly above average.

The team's hole at designated hitter was only magnified by watching their old flame -- the one they dumped -- marry up, as Jim Thome not only hit 25 homers, but he did it for the division-winning Twins. And then there's Manny Ramirez ... but that's an old story.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

The White Sox went on one of the longest hot streaks of the season, a stretch of 25 victories in 30 games to erase Minnesota's 9 1/2-game lead. But after that, the team just couldn't keep it going and saw its own lead in the division disappear.

Paul Konerko (pictured, below) had a fabulous season, hitting .312/.393/.584 with 39 homers and 111 RBI. (If you're talking about Konerko, it's good for him this season came in the final year of his contract.)

HELP ON THE WAY

The White Sox got a glimpse of the future at the end of the season. Brent Morel played 24 games and didn't put up the prettiest numbers at the big league level, but he could be the starting third baseman next season.

More impressive was 2010 first-rounder Chris Sale. The organization expects the left-hander to start. As a reliever -- in an attempt to limit his innings -- Sale showed the potential of a future ace. Fresh out of a small college, he wasn't intimidated by big league hitters, appearing in 21 games and amassing just a 1.93 ERA. He struck out 32 batters in 23 1/3 innings and walked 10 with a WHIP of 1.071.

Paul Konerko EXPECTATIONS FOR 2011

Since winning the World Series in 2005, it's been title or bust for Williams and Guillen. That's not going to change now.

SUGGESTIONS FOR 2011

The biggest question for Williams will be if he can afford to keep Konerko, a White Sox mainstay. Konerko had a huge year and is a free agent, but he'll also be 35 on opening day and will command a big price tag, plus a multiyear contract. If you're going to spend that kind of money, why not give Adam Dunn a shot? Or, heck, go for broke (which they've been known to do) and sign both. The team certainly wouldn't lack power with a Konerko-Dunn tandem.

It'll be easy to let Bobby Jenks go, but who to replace him as the club's closer? I like Matt Thornton, but I'm not so sure Williams/Guillen is ready to lean no the lefty and take him out of the set-up role.

2011 PREDICTION

The Magic 8 Ball tells us to ask again later, there's too much time between now and April to know just what the White Sox will look like. This much is sure, the White Sox will be interesting, even if it's just the manager and general manager.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 28, 2010 5:51 pm
Edited on: August 28, 2010 5:52 pm
 

Tommy John for White Sox reliever Threets

Erick Threets
Lefty reliever Erick Threets tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his arm during Friday's game and will have to undergo Tommy John ligament replacement surgery, reports the Chicago Tribune. The procedure has a recovery time of 12-18 months.

Threets had arrived back in Chicago on Wednesday, one of the reinforcements when relievers J.J. Putz and Matt Thornton were put on the DL. Threets had just finished rehabbing a case of turf toe. In 12 appearances with the White Sox this season, Threets did not allow an earned run.

"Very, very sad moment," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He was throwing the ball very well."

Chicago called up Carlos Torres from Triple-A Charlotte to take Threets' roster spot.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 2:27 pm
 

White Sox put Putz, Thornton on DL

Bobby Jenks
Not long ago, everyone was calling for Bobby Jenks to be deposed as White Sox closer. After all, Chicago had options from the right (J.J. Putz) and left (Matt Thornton) sides that were both pitching incredibly well.

How quickly things can change. On Wednesday, both Putz and Thornton were put on the disabled list, and the White Sox are feeling lucky to have Jenks (pictured) around.

Thornton has an elbow problem and Putz, who came out of Tuesday's game after just three pitches, a knee problem. Both have had MRI exams that showed no damage, but both need time and are unavailable. The Chicago bullpen, which also saw Tony Pena throw seven innings in a spot start Saturday, is in dire straits.

Coming up as reinforcements are left-hander Erick Threets, who is coming back from a DL stint due to turf toe, and rookie right-hander Lucas Harrell, whose only major-league appearance was a successful start on July 30.

"I need some guys that can go out there," manager Ozzie Guillen told reporters after Tuesday's game. "I'm not saying we're in trouble, but I think everyone in the bullpen has to pick it up a notch for at least the next seven days ... We'll figure it out."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 22, 2010 1:45 pm
 

More bad news for White Sox bullpen

Matt Thornton As if J.J. Putz's third blown save in a week on Saturday wasn't bad enough news for the beleaguered White Sox bullpen, All-Star reliever Matt Thornton is worried his forearm injury could be worse than expected.

"Throwing? It's not good," Thornton told the Chicago Sun-Times ' Joe Cowley . "Kind of something I'v been battling -- not battling -- but normal soreness that I can usually fight through, pitch through, get through and warm-up through. Usually I could warm-up and I would be fine. Now warming up has turned into some pretty good soreness. I've got to take a step back, and the hope is that at the start of this next home series [on Tuesday], I'll be ready to go by that series or the weekend. I don't know. Kind of got to wait and see."

Thornton last pitched on Tuesday, giving up Jim Thome's game-winning, two-run homer. Thornton has appeared in 50 games this season. He has a 2.66 ERA and five saves, while lefties are hitting just .169 against him this season.

With Thornton out of action, rookie Chris Sale is the only lefty available out of the bullpen for Ozzie Guillen. That's a tricky situation in a pennant race. Sale was drafted in June as a starter and has exclusively pitched in relief as a pro to help reduce his innings.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 17, 2010 2:04 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2010 2:18 pm
 

White Sox coach wants to see a fight


Juan Nieves So, feeling nostalgic for the good ol' days of the Reds-Cardinals series? Get ready for the three-game series between the White Sox and Twins starting tonight at Target Field.

The teams had a little run-in last week when Chicago's Carlos Quentin was hit twice and manager Ozzie Guillen took exception to the beanings.

It's not just Ozzie that's fired up, either. Here's what White Sox bullpen coach Juan Nieves had this to say Sunday on a Chicago radio show (via the Star Tribune ): "I've even thought of telling guys, 'hey [Matt] Thornton, smoke [Joe] Mauer, see if you can start a fight.' We're not afraid of anybody."

If Mauer gets hit in any of these three games, there could be some serious fireworks.

The Twins currently lead the White Sox by three games in the AL Central and Chicago is seven games back in the wild card.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 6, 2010 7:50 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2010 7:59 pm
 

Tepid vote of confidence for Jenks


Bobby Jenks Bobby Jenks is still the closer for the White Sox. For now.

Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen told the Chicago Tribune 's Mark Gonzalez that Jenks would get the call if a save situation came up tonight against the Orioles, but beyond that, Guillen didn't sound as if he had too much confidence in his closer.

Jenks gave up a three-run, game-tying homer in Thursday's extra-inning victory in Detroit.
"He will give up on himself," Guillen said Friday in explaining why he is sticking with Jenks, who has a 10.56 ERA since the All-Star break. "I don't give up on players, they give up on themselves. The players will dictate to me or us how we're going to use them."

For the third time, Guillen second-guessed the pitch selection of Jenks and put the responsibility on his closer.

"He's the one who threw the ball," Guillen said after Jenks hit Ramon Santiago on a 1-2 curve and then hung a breaking pitch that resulted in the three-run homer to Ryan Raburn. "I don't blame the catcher. You're the one that has the ball in your hands, you're the one that says yes or no.''
Matt Thornton would likely be the next in line for the White Sox, with J.J. Putz or Sergio Santos as other potential candidates. The left-handed Thornton was an All-Star and has performed on the same level since the game, not giving up an earned run in eight appearances since the break.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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