Ozzie Guillen on Jake Peavy:
“Believe me, if we fall more and I don’t think deep inside my heart and my guts that we have a chance, I will tell [general manager Kenny Williams] and [pitching coach Don Cooper] to just shut him down and wait for next year. I am honest with myself. It’s funny, because you can tell the fans anything you want. But when you go to sleep and think about how good you are or how bad you are, you’re not lying. I’m not lying to myself. … When Peavy says, ‘Ozzie, I’m ready to go,’ I’ll pencil him in. I never said, ‘I hope he pitches that day.’ When he’s ready, we’ll put him in. If I don’t think he’s ready, I don’t think we should take the risk. We’ve got to wait and see how he’s going to be when he gets better with his arm. Now, he’s got to go back and start throwing again. The rehab assignment is going to be done because Triple-A is done. There’s a lot of things out there I can’t count on. I want it, but in the meanwhile, I don’t want people to put pressure on this guy to go out and do something he’s not supposed to do. I want it, I need him, yes, but I don’t want to take a chance. … Do we have a shot? Of course. If we keep playing like this, are we going to have a shot? No chance. I said that two weeks ago. If we continue to play like that, believe me, we’re not going to do it.”
FutureSox is hearing that Dan Hudson was pulled from his start due to an impeding promotion to Chicago, still waiting for confirmation.
BTW, Carlos Torres gets the start on Thursday.
UPDATE: The Newport News, VA Daily Press says so too:
The 22-year-old pitcher, who starred at Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach and at Old Dominion University, came back as a member of the Charlotte Knights and pitched three shutout innings against the Norfolk Tides. After the third inning, pitching coach Richard Dotson pulled Hudson out of the game and told him he was being called up to the majors by the Chicago White Sox. “It couldn’t have happened in a better place,” Hudson said between games of a doubleheader. “To get the news here, at this park with all of my friends and family here, it’s crazy to think about.” Hudson said the news caught him by surprise, since he was not among several Charlotte players promoted the day before as major-league rosters expand for September.
The aforementioned Rockies also needed some pitching help, and got some from the White Sox, with 37-year old Jose Contreras packing his bags for Denver. By traditional metrics, Contreras has had a dismal year, posting a 5.27 ERA and a 5-13 record for Chicago. His tRA and FIP are pretty good however, at 4.37 and 4.12 respectively, indicating that perhaps he has been the victim of some bad luck, bad defense, or both. …
BTW, here’s Dave Cameron:
Finally, the Rockies got into the trade fun by acquiring Jose Contreras to help patch their pitching staff. Contreras is a tough guy to get a read on, because his stuff is still good, his peripherals are strong, but he remains awful when men are on base, so his absurdly low strand rates lead to less value than his FIP would suggest. Usually, we chalk stuff like that up to random variation, but Contreras has been underachieving in LOB% for so long that its getting hard to ignore. If the Rockies can figure out how to fix his problems with leaving runners on, they could have a nice addition, but that seems like a tough task to pull off in four weeks time.
Paul Konerko on Jim Thome going away:
“I mean definitely tough to see [Thome] go. Great teammate, great guy. He was everything he was cracked up to be before he got here. It was great. As far as me with him, it’s going to fall short by this month and hopefully next year. That’s a pretty good amount of time as well. We did some good thing. I could always say I played with him, like everyone else in here. You play with a legend like that, it was definitely a privilege. That’s the business we are in.
Cowley has a lot more quotes from the Sox on the Jim Thome and Jose Contreras trades.
So with somewhat regular playing time at the Major League level on the horizon, what should we expect from Flowers? He’s going to strike out a lot. He has a long swing and struck out in more than 1/4 of his plate appearances with the Knights so it shouldn’t be a shock if Flowers puts up Josh Fields like K numbers while he adjusts to Major League pitching. He has a lot of pop in his bat and if he can stick at catcher should be a great asset offensively. Don’t expect for him to hit for a high average this month, but if he maintains his walk rate he could be a useful bat for whatever miracle run the White Sox might try to make because he can hit the ball hard.
BTW, Merkin says “don’t be surprised if the rookie catcher of the future gets his fair share of chances to serve as designated hitter over the final 30 games.”
UPDATE: Flowers will wear #39.