[Brent] Lillibridge has proven to be most adept at handling the outfield challenge, although he admitted playing left field or right field has a different feel than being in center.
“Corners are tougher. The balls aren’t going straight at you. They hook or fade,” Lillibridge said. “I’m just looking forward to doing my job. Run some bases, chase the balls down in the outfield like a dog and go from there.”
April 7, 2011
Right-handed pitcher Jake Peavy has a target of five innings and/or 75 pitches during his rehab start for Double-A Birmingham on Friday.
His set days to throw are April 8, 13, 18, 23 and 28, with Peavy hoping to return to the Majors after throwing back-to-back 100-pitch efforts. Nothing is etched in stone, though, for his comeback.
“Who knows? Something may come up, God forbid,” said White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper. “So, those are his days to throw, and we’ll roll with whatever comes our way.
“Could it be earlier? It could. Could it be later? It could. We just have see how things lay out.”
Peavy is working his way back from rotator cuff tendinitis, which shut down his comeback after a Spring Training start on March 19.
|Chi White Sox||IP||H||R||ER||BB||SO||HR||ERA|
|Jackson, E(W, 2-0)||8.0||4||1||1||1||13||0||1.93|
|Pitch Type||Avg Speed||Max Speed||Avg H-Break||Avg V-Break||Count||Strikes / %||Swinging Strikes / %||Linear Weights||Time to Plate|
|FF (FourSeam Fastball)||94.23||95.9||-4.94||9.40||28||22 / 78.57%||2 / 7.14%||0.8286||0.401|
|CH (Changeup)||86.20||86.9||-6.94||5.53||11||7 / 63.64%||0 / 0.00%||-0.3170||0.438|
|SL (Slider)||86.51||89.1||-1.08||1.46||49||32 / 65.31%||13 / 26.53%||-3.1834||0.436|
|FT (TwoSeam Fastball)||93.53||96.5||-8.42||9.07||30||16 / 53.33%||0 / 0.00%||-1.3048||0.404|
|Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and may be inaccurate.
Pitch Type LWTS correspond to how many runs were likely to score on a particular pitch based on average run expectancy when each pitch was thrown and what happened as a result. Negative scores indicate more effective pitches.
Time to Plate is the time, in seconds, that it takes an average pitch of this type to reach the plate. This is strongly correlated with velocity, but also factors in movement.
|Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals|
|Inning||Pitches in Inning||Strikes in Inning||Strike% in Inning||Cumulative Total Pitches||Pitch LWTS in Inning|
“I remember facing him,” said A.J. Pierzynski, who had the pleasure of catching Jackson in the White Sox’ 5-1 win over Tampa Bay before 38,579 at U.S. Cellular Field. “You didn’t want him to get ahead of you because then it was, ‘Oh boy, I’ve got to try to hit this slider.’ It’s as good as any slider there is.”
True story: Adam Dunn realized he might need appendix out after watching story about Matt Holliday on TV.—
Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) April 07, 2011
UPDATE: Garfien gives us the long version:
Adam Dunn had experienced stomach pains before, but never quite like this. For several days, there were shooting pains coming from the upper reaches of his abdomen. He assumed it wasn’t anything serious.
That was until he flipped on the television while in his hotel room in Kansas City on Tuesday morning and saw a story about the Cardinal’s Matt Holliday who needed his appendix taken out after playing on Opening Day.
The reporter mentioned Holliday’s symptoms. Dunn made a mental checklist
“Got that … got that … got that,” he said to himself.
Wednesday at 2:30 a.m., White Sox general manager Kenny Williams received a phone call. It was team trainer Herm Schneider calling from a Kansas City hospital, informing him that Williams’ $56 million slugger was about to have an emergency appendectomy.
Prior to today’s game vs. Tampa Bay, the Chicago White Sox designated outfielder Lastings Milledge for assignment and purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Jeff Gray from Class AAA Charlotte.
Milledge, 26, appeared in two games with the Sox this season, going 1-4 with a double and a run scored.
Gray, 29, was signed by the White Sox as a free agent on November 23, 2010. He is 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA (22 ER/40.1 IP) in 36 major-league relief appearances with Oakland (2008-09) and the Cubs (2010).
Gray will wear uniform No. 60.
Hopefully he isn’t claimed and goes to Charlotte.
UPDATE: J.J. asks why was Milledge DFA’d and not Lillibridge. Seems strange. And he thinks Milledge will be claimed. Unfortunately, I think so too. Someone will want him after his strong spring training.