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March 20, 2011

Ozzie Guillen on Jake Peavy

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 20, 2011 11:00 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

Some doubt existed as to whether Peavy would make his set start on Saturday in Phoenix, as Peavy missed important work days in between due to a severe bout with the flu still clearly plaguing him. Guillen voted against Peavy staying on turn, meaning he would also stay on turn to break camp with the team and start for the White Sox on April 6 in Kansas City.

That vote was overruled, or in more accurate terms, the intense competitor that is Peavy convinced Guillen to let him face the A’s. That method of convincing also worked last year, when Peavy skipped one start in Pittsburgh and then faced the Nationals after battling shoulder inflammation.

This same convincing won’t work again, as far as Guillen is concerned. It’s not an expression of anger or disappointment aimed at Peavy, but more a protective measure for Guillen’s player and his staff.

“Jake Peavy will pitch the day I tell him to pitch. He’s not going to convince me,” Guillen said. “I don’t care, we went through it. When he tells me ‘Skip, I’m ready to pitch,’ I give him another couple of more days to recover. That’s the way we do stuff.

“When you tell your kid don’t do this and the kid is doing it, and you don’t do anything about it, you are not doing your job, and that has happened twice. My job is to protect him and the organization, to make sure when he is out there.

“I respect him because he wants to be out there. I love when players want to be on the field. That’s the best thing that can happen to any manager,” Guillen said. “He’s that type of guy who has the passion for the game. He wants to help. Sometimes when you want to help, you don’t really help.”

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Lastings Milledge speaks

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 20, 2011 3:15 pm
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AM 670:

… The outfielder has been fighting for a spot on the White Sox throughout spring training, which may be more routine than warming up for him. Milledge hasn’t taken any time off since the last season ended.

“I went to Venezuela and played the whole season there,” Milledge said. “I just haven’t take off since last season.  I went home for about seven to ten days and for those seven to ten days I actually went to instructional league to get ready for the season over there.”

Earning a starting position isn’t likely for Milledge and he knows that.

“What I want to accomplish is to show the team that I can do anything at any time. If somebody’s tired or somebody’s down, I can step in and be able to produce and not look at the lineup sideways,” Milledge said.

The Bulldozer hits a snag [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 20, 2011 3:00 pm
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Padilla @ ESPN:

The positive momentum surrounding Jake Peavy’s recovery from surgery hit a snag Sunday as the Chicago White Sox shut down the right-handed pitcher with rotator cuff tendinitis.

Peavy, who is on anti-inflammatories, will be reassessed Monday. If he’s unable to make his scheduled start Thursday against the Chicago Cubs, it’s doubtful he’ll be on the opening day roster.

UPDATE: Gregor @ DH:

When asked if Peavy is going to be on the White Sox’ 25-man roster when the regular season opens at Cleveland on April 1, manager Ozzie Guillen did not sound too encouraging.

“He will be in Cleveland on Opening Day, but I don’t know if he’s going to be on the roster,” Ozzie told reporters. “I know for a fact he wants to be on the team, but we have to make sure when he’s on the team, he’s on the team for good.”

White Sox vs. Dodgers on 3:05 pm CT; televised on WGN

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 20, 2011 12:00 pm
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Game at 3:05 CT. Gavin Floyd makes his fourth start today at 3:05 p.m. CT, as the White Sox play host to the Dodgers.

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