The chances of Gavin Floyd pitching against Detroit this weekend basically were reduced to none on Monday, based on manager Ozzie Guillen’s pregame comments concerning shutting down his right-hander. Floyd has been bothered by muscle soreness in his left hip area and has not pitched since starting in Seattle on Sept. 16. But he doesn’t look to be the only White Sox pitcher out of service in these final six games. Mark Buehrle will pitch in the 2009 regular season finale only if the game means something to the Tigers. And reliever D.J. Carrasco, one of the most reliable hurlers on the White Sox staff this season, could be done as well due to a strained left hamstring suffered while stretching in the bullpen last week. …
September 28, 2009
Ozzie on Beckham:
”We have Gordon at third base, and he played outstanding. I can’t be more pleased and more happy with the way this kid played. He never played third in his life, and trying to play third at the big-league level isn’t easy. This kid handled it real well. He was the best player we had since spring training.”
And here’s Ozzie on Daniel Hudson:
“This kid is unbelievable, the way he grew up. He came to the big leagues to get a feel for it, and he’s really been impressive.”
The Reds picked Alonso at #7 and Beckham went to the Sox at #8. Here’s Goldstein:
Like the Beckham comment, this isn’t necessarily a bad pick, as Alonso had a solid but unspectacular full-season debut, this is more about what could have been: in the hours leading up to the draft, the Reds were torn between Alonso and University of Georgia shortstop Gordon Beckham. Alonso looks like he might be a power/on-base first baseman with problems hitting against left-handers, while Beckham looks like a future star with a chance to be a “face of the franchise”-type of player. So there are no big complaints about what they have, as long as you don’t think about what could have been.