Tag:White Sox
Posted on: July 7, 2010 1:09 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2010 5:39 pm

Peavy DL could make White Sox bidders for Lee

Jake Peavy Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune said Wednesday that Jake Peavy appears headed to the disabled list after straining a muscle in his back Tuesday night. Peavy had an MRI exam Wednesday, but the team has not yet released the results.

Even the best-case scenario, a handful of missed starts, is a blow to the White Sox, who have used just five starters this season and had seen Peavy begin to round into form after a brutal start to the season. Peavy has allowed three or fewer earned runs in his past six starts.

The upside is that Chicago appears to have a good option to replace Peavy in the rotation. Daniel Hudson has been lights out for Triple-A Charlotte, 7-2 with a 2.64 ERA in his past 10 starts, with opponents batting .194 against him.

Rogers wonders whether Peavy's injury might push the White Sox into the picture for Seattle left-hander Cliff Lee. As he points out, it would serve the dual purposes of adding a top-shelf pitcher while keeping him from division rival Minnesota, which has been rumored to be the front-runner for Lee.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: Peavy was placed on the DL Wednesday afternon after the MRI showed what the team called a "detached" muscle, which doesn't sound too good. They promoed Jeffrey Marquez, though it's not clear who is going to take Peavy's scheduled start on Sunday.

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Posted on: July 6, 2010 1:30 am

White Sox cooling on Dunn

Adam Dunn White Sox general manager Ken Williams has cooled his pursuit of Adam Dunn, the Chicago Sun-Times ' Joe Cowley writes .

The Nationals' asking price is too high for the White Sox. Quoting unnamed sources, Cowley writes Washington is "asking for the moon" in exchange for Dunn.

Although reports have linked the White Sox and Prince Fielder, Cowley shoots that down on two lines: 1. Scott Boras and 2. Fielder reportedly wants a Ryan Howard-type contract when he becomes a free agent after the season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 5, 2010 7:38 pm

Two benchings, two reactions

B.J. Upton There are two ways to take not being in the lineup: the B.J. Upton way and the Gordon Beckham way.

Upton is out against the Red Sox and Daisuke Matsuzaka. Manager Joe Maddon told Upton it was because he was 1-for-13 with a homer against Matsuzaka.

The White Sox are sitting Beckham for the second straight day in favor of Brent Lillibridge.

Both managers, Ozzie Guillen and Maddon, say these moves aren't permanent, but that was no consolation to Upton.

Upton was upset and told the St. Petersburg Times ' Marc Topkin so , "I thought I was an everyday player," Upton said. "I don't know if I'm subject to matchups now or not. I'm not going to get too bent out of shape about it, but obviously I want to be out there everyday."

Maddon told Upton he'd be in the lineup for the remaining six games before the All-Star break, but that was no consolation to Upton. Asked if he was an everyday player, Upton told Topkin, "I don't know. I have no idea. I could not tell you."

Upton is hitting .228/.321/.399 with seven home runs and 29 RBI.

Gordon Beckham Beckham is playing even worse. He's hitting .206/.271/.280 with two homers and 20 RBI.  Lillibridge was 4-for-6 on the White Sox's recent road trip.

"Lilly has been getting hits and hitting the ball hard," Beckham told the Chicago Tribune 's Mark Gonzales . "I don't think I'm hitting the ball softly. I'm not lucky, that's for sure. There's nothing I can do about it."

Guillen stood by Beckham and denied speculation that Beckham could be headed to the minors.

"[Beckham] is my second baseman," Guillen said. "He still is my second baseman. But right now, I think the way Lillibridge is playing, I'm going to give him a shot."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 29, 2010 10:28 am

Umpire out of hospital

Anyone who has visited Kansas City in the summer can appreciate the plight of umpire Alfonso Marquez.

The first base umpire in Monday's Royals-White Sox game left in the fifth inning after experiencing shortness of breath and was taken to a local hospital. Marquez has since been released from the hospital after being diagnosed with symptoms of heat distress.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 29, 2010 10:13 am

White Sox interested in Dunn

Adam Dunn
Adam Dunn may finally be exactly where he belongs. It's not that Dunn is legendary bluesman or a crazy fan looking to jump on the field and start swinging at the sight of Royal blue that makes him fit right in on the Southside of Chicago, it's the spot in the lineup he'd occupy.

Finally, finally, Dunn can complete his destiny to become a designated hitter, as the Chicago Sun-Times ' Joe Cowley reports the White Sox are targeting the Nationals' slugger.

"Names have been talked about by both sides," Cowley quotes a source as saying. "[GM Kenny Williams] might want to act quickly, though."

Dunn is in the final year of a two-year contract with the Nationals and would likely be a Type A free agent, so that could raise the price for the White Sox. It also helps the Nationals' bargaining stance that Dunn would fit the Angels' needs, as well.

The White Sox's current designated hitter, Mark Kotsay, has struggled, hitting .212/..317/.365 with six home runs and 16 RBI. Dunn would represent a significant upgrade. He's currently hitting .275/.366/.559 with 17 home runs and 47 RBI.

In the past, Dunn has been reluctant to be a designated hitter, but he's proven to be one of the worst defensive players in baseball, both in the outfield and at first base.

The affable Dunn has said he'd like to stay in D.C., but that may be as much a result of him feeling comfortable more than anything. When he was in Cincinnati, he would get a tad prickly about the subject of the trade deadline every July and was on edge about the subject until the calendar switched to August.

However, it was after the trade deadline that he was traded from the Reds to the Diamondbacks in 2008 for Micah Owings, Wilkin Castillo and Dallas Buck. The Diamondbacks did not offer Dunn arbitration following the 2008 season.

Dunn will likely be asked about this report before today's game and will dismiss it and pledge that he wants to stay with the Nationals and he doesn't want to be traded.

Dunn doesn't have a no-trade clause, but could be more open to a move to the White Sox because his best friend in baseball, Ken Griffey Jr., had a positive experience at the end of the 2008 season when he was traded from Cincinnati to Chicago.

The 30-year old Dunn is one of the most consistent power hitters in the game, hitting 40 or more home runs in six of the previous seven seasons, his dip coming last season when he hit 38. A lightening rod for fans, Dunn is often the center of the average-vs.-on-base percentage argument and the importance of strikeouts. Dunn is a career .251/.382/.522 hitter. This season his average is at an all-time high, but his on-base percentage is lower than usual.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 27, 2010 1:29 pm

Thronton to close for White Sox in Jenks' absense

Matt Thornton will take over as the White Sox closer for the next three days as the team put Bobby Jenks on the bereavement/family emergency list, the Chicago Tribune 's Mark Gonzalez reports .

Jenks will be away from the team for a minimum of three days. In his place, the White Sox called up left-hander Erick Threets.

Jenks is expected to rejoin the White Sox on Wednesday in Kansas City.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 26, 2010 6:57 pm

Guillen/Zambrano dinner stirs reactions

Hours after being suspended by the Cubs, Carlos Zambrano was out enjoying dinner with Ozzie Guillen, the manager of the White Sox, whom the Cubs were playing when Zambrano lost his cool.

That didn't sit well with Cubs assistant general manager Randy Bush.

"I would've thought that with the events of yesterday that Carlos would've went home and spent some time reflecting on what happened, thought about his career and his teammates and maybe where he was at and what had happened," Bush told reporters Saturday. "I'm disappointed to hear he was out yukking it up at dinner."

Manager Lou Piniella agreed.

"I would've hoped he'd stayed in private and reflected on this, but that's just my thought," Piniella said.

Even under ordinary circumstances, a manager socializing with a player from an opposing team during a series would be considered bad form. But White Sox GM Ken Williams said in a radio interview that he didn't have a problem with it in this case.

"In an ordinary situation, yes, I might feel compelled to pick up the phone and call the opposing general manager," Williams said, as reported by the Chicago Tribune. "But [Cubs GM Jim Hendry] is very well aware of the relationship that those two gentlemen have, and I think is also aware of the positive influence that Ozzie can have on his friend. It's not about baseball, it's about his friend."

The Tribune also reports that the Cubs held a 10-minute team meeting before Saturday's game. Piniella said that if Zambrano's suspension is lifted, he would go to the bullpen. Tom Gorzelanny will take his spot in the rotation.

The Cubs are playing with a 24-man roster with Zambrano suspended. The team sent a letter to Major League Baseball inquiring about how long they could suspend the pitcher and what happens with the roster.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 26, 2010 12:21 am

Guillen, Zambrano dine

Despite the drama of the day, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano went through with their planned dinner, according to Guillen's Twitter account .

Guillen tweeted: "Having dinner whit carlos and his family. Great dinner a lot fun and talk"

I'm sure Zambrano does a killer Lou Piniella impression that Guillen finds hillarious.

Zambrano was suspended indefinitely following his on-field blowup earlier in the day and Guillen's red-hit White Sox eased past Zambrano and the "dead-ass" Cubs.

After the game, Guillen was asked about his countryman and if he could manage him, he said he could.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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