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July 1, 2009

Alexei Ramirez to miss tomorrow’s game

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 1, 2009 10:40 pm
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Joe Cowley:

According to manager Ozzie Guillen, he will miss at least Thursday’s game in Kansas City, and will be re-evaluated based on what x-rays tell them Thursday afternoon.

Carlos Quentin on track for a return after the All-Star game?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 1, 2009 9:00 pm
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That would be huge:

Carlos Quentin had some encouraging words Tuesday night before joining his teammates in pre-game batting practice.

“I’m getting closer,” Quentin said while carrying several bats.

After missing five weeks because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot, Quentin has increased the intensity of his workouts to the point where a minor-league rehabilitation assignment is coming into focus.

Because of the nature of his injury and the lengthy recovery, this won’t be a brisk stint at Triple-A Charlotte, hitting coach Greg Walker said.

Dayan Viciedo scouting report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ July 1, 2009 8:59 pm
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FutureSox:

He has shown the ability to hit for power to all fields … He has shown steady improvement as the season has progressed and he is playing at a very advanced level for his age.

Runner at third, less than two outs

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 1, 2009 8:23 pm

Mark Gonzales’ mailbag:

With less than two out and a runner at third base, the Sox have scored a runner 46 percent of the time.

SoxMachine’s Birmingham & Charlotte Minor League roundup

Dayan Viciedo is improving:

Viciedo’s numbers still aren’t impressive on the whole, but he’s making every necessary improvement right now.  Last month, it was all about the quality of his contact.  This time around, it’s his walks and strikeouts.  Check it out:

* April: 2 BB, 19 K
* May: 3 BB, 23 K
* June: 9 BB, 11 K

He also topped .400 in slugging for the first time in a month (.426), along with his career high in OBP (.342).  He’s still committing plenty of errors, but the Sox paid him to hit, and he’s following the correct curve right now.

BTW,  Jhonny Nunez was promoted to Charlotte.

Red Sox looking for third baseman

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 1, 2009 6:30 pm
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MLBTR:

The Red Sox were dealt a blow today when third baseman Mike Lowell was placed on the DL with a right hip strain. In a new video today, ESPN’s Peter Gammons commented on the situation:

“One way or another, they need to find another bat… He’s a huge loss on and off the field.”

Can Kenny get someone young for Josh Fields?

Craig Ferguson’s ‘Wonderful Night’

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Wizard @ July 1, 2009 6:05 pm
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwqhw1tnKhM

Ozzie Guillen is unpopular says SI survey

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 1, 2009 3:06 pm
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A survey of 380 MLB players had Ozzie Guillen as the 2nd manager players LEAST want to play for. Ozzie had 21% of players against him. First least liked was Lou Piniella with 26%. Ozzie’s response to the poll after the jump.

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Another 3-hit night for Gordon Beckham

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 1, 2009 1:37 pm
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He homered too! .267/.353/.387/.740 now.

Chris Carter update

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 1, 2009 1:24 pm
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Kevin Goldstein gives us an update on the guy Kenny traded to get Carlos Quentin:

… one scout had more concerns about Carter’s propensity to swing and miss than anything positive to say, noting that he’s “so big and strong, and it is absolutely enormous power. But if the ball is not in his immediate bat path, he misses.” The scout added, “He’s bad at seeing the slider, and bad at laying off the slider, and that’s a very tough combination to overcome,” admitting there are some fears that Carter will be just an up-and-down player in the end. “He’s going to keep putting up big numbers, but he has holes above and below the barrel, and lots of areas that big-league pitchers can go to get him out. With what the A’s have done with Jack Cust, you’d never want to say never, but I think when he gets to the big leagues, he’s just going to strike out a ton.”

Tyler Flowers scouting report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ July 1, 2009 1:09 pm
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FutureSox:

Flowers has huge power and a great on-base ability. He loads up on his swing creating a lot of swing and misses, but a low contact rate isn’t a major problem considering his other skills as a hitter. …

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