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April 10, 2011

Adam Dunn is ready to rock

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 10, 2011 1:28 pm
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Jake Peavy to start in AAA Charlotte Wednesday [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 10, 2011 1:25 pm
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UPDATE: Merkin @ CWS:

Jake Peavy’s next rehab start will take place Wednesday at home for Triple-A Charlotte, with the Knights taking on Durham. Peavy threw 3 2/3 innings and 71 pitches for Double-A Birmingham on Friday in Montgomery, Ala., but remains a ways away from a big league start for the White Sox.

“Three more starts possibly before Jake can even think about being back with his pitch total being where it’s at,” said White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper of Peavy, who will go somewhere around 80 pitches on Wednesday. “He has come along nicely.

Three more starts before Peavy leaves solitary confinement as Dunn says!

April 9, 2011

Terry Doyle struck out 8 and walked 1 yesterday (April 8)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 9, 2011 9:30 pm
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4/8:

Winston-Salem Dash
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Doyle 4.0 5 1 1 1 8 0 2.25
Shirek 2.0 5 2 2 0 1 0 9.00
Collop, J 0.2 3 2 2 1 0 0 27.00
Kussmaul 1.1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.00
Kloess (L, 0-1) 1.1 2 2 2 1 1 0 13.50

Groundouts-flyouts: Doyle 3-1.
Batters faced: Doyle 18.

Monday return for Adam Dunn?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 9, 2011 9:30 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

Adam Dunn termed Friday the worst day on his recovery road from an appendectomy performed early Wednesday morning in Kansas City. But when he woke up Saturday morning, his outlook changed for the better.

“I was actually laying on my side, which is how I sleep. I hadn’t been able to do that,” Dunn said. “I woke up and thought, ‘I have a little action going on here.'”

Dunn took some flips in the batting cage Saturday, and while he wasn’t feeling 100 percent, he felt OK.

“That means tomorrow is going to be great,” a smiling Dunn said.

Sunday’s game would be Dunn’s fifth out of action since the appendectomy, marking the original projection for his absence. Dunn stayed consistent and still hoped to return for the Tampa Bay series finale, but manager Ozzie Guillen thought the Oakland series starting Monday was more of a possibility.

“I’m not a doctor, but when they open your body and you say five days, I don’t care who you are, you’re not Superman,” Guillen said. “I don’t care how tough you are, that’s going to get you. In the meanwhile, that’s very good news. He wants to play. We have to be careful with that.”

ScoutingTheSally looks at Miguel Gonzalez (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 9, 2011 9:26 pm
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Newman @ STS:

At present, Gonzalez’ progress offensively has been impeded by poor plate discipline and a tendency to swing at anything near the strike zone. Gonzalez also likes to swing with his shoulders which negates the bat speed he does have. Now 20, Gonzalez has time to figure it out, but it will take an overhaul of both his swing mechanics and approach to make it happen. However, Gonzalez’ true strength does not lie in his hitting ability. Gonzalez is a “catch and throw” guy at his core. In 2010, he threw out half of opposing runners and possesses one of the best releases I’ve seen at the level. …

Here’s the video (1:25).

April 8, 2011

Jake Peavy strikes out 4, walks 1 in his 1st rehab start [UPDATE + videos]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 8, 2011 10:21 pm
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4/8:

Birmingham Barons
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy 3.2 5 2 0 1 4 0 0.00
Zaleski (W, 1-0) 5.1 2 0 0 1 5 0 0.00

Pitches-strikes: Peavy 72-43.
Groundouts-flyouts: Peavy 2-2.
Batters faced: Peavy 17.

UPDATE: Peavy’s comments and videos are below: (more…)

Adam Dunn to miss five days, possibly more

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 8, 2011 9:35 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

Adam Dunn missed his third straight game Friday, as he recovers from an appendectomy performed Wednesday morning. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen believes his powerful designated hitter will need the full five days originally talked about after the surgery and possibly a few more.

“I don’t expect him to be back in five days, to be honest with you,” said Guillen, who did acknowledge Dunn is feeling better with each day. “He’s got to hit. He’s got to show me, he got to show the doctors, the trainers, [general manager Ken Williams]. He’s got to show a lot of people.

“He’s got to show his hitting coach. When everybody says he’s ready, he’s in the lineup. Obviously, we want him in the lineup, but we’ve got to be careful.”

When asked if he would think about using Dunn as a pinch-hitter on Friday, if the game was on the line, Guillen said he would rather lose one contest than risk losing Dunn for another month.

FutureSox’s Minor League preview

FutureSox:

The biggest surprise to me was Eduardo Escobar landing in AAA. The slick fielding shortstop played 49 games with the Barons last year and hit just .262 with an OPS south of .700. That said, he impressed Ozzie Guillen among others this spring.

Terry Doyle starts for Winston-Salem tonight while SBT favorite Andre Rienzo is also on the Winston-Salem’s starting pitching rotation:

On the mound, the Dash boasts a pair of top 30 prospects in the starting rotation. Brazilian right-hander Andre Rienzo was one of Kannapolis’ best starters last year, going 8-4 with a 3.65 ERA and holding opponents to two runs or fewer in each of his last ten starts. Rienzo is ranked by Baseball America as the 25th best prospect in the White Sox farm system. RHP Cameron Bayne was 29th on that list after finishing 2010 12-9 with a 3.60 ERA and 101 strikeouts last season for the Intimidators. Bayne and Rienzo should be joined in the rotation by RHP Terry Doyle, LHP Hector Santiago, RHP Justin Collop, and possibly LHP Joe Serafin.

Roster overviews:

FutureSox previews:

Smells Like Mascot: Well Wishes

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 8, 2011 12:45 pm
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Carl’s latest:

http://smellslikemascot.blogspot.com/2011/04/well-wishes.html

April 7, 2011

Brent Lillibridge: a subscriber of KW’s ‘CF is the easiest OF position’ theory?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 7, 2011 11:09 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

[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.”

5 rehab starts for Jake Peavy?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 7, 2011 11:00 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

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.

Edwin Jackson pitches 8 innings striking out 13 and 1 walking 1 [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 7, 2011 3:53 pm
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4/7:

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
Santos 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 6 1 1 1 14 0 5.09

Pitch-F/X says:

Pitch Statistics
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
1 17 11 64.71 17 -0.364
2 13 9 69.23 30 -0.862
3 17 8 47.06 47 -0.547
4 14 10 71.43 61 -0.862
5 14 9 64.29 75 -0.862
6 11 8 72.73 86 -0.609
7 8 8 100.00 94 -0.350
8 24 14 58.33 118 0.480

Excellent!

UPDATE: J.J. has more on EJ’s un-hittable slider.

A.J. agrees:

“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.”

Adam Dunn… [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 7, 2011 1:39 pm
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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.

Uh-oh.

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.

White Sox DFA OF Lastings Milledge [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 7, 2011 1:17 pm
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whitesox PR:

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.

Dammit, 4 ABs?

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.

April 6, 2011

Will Carroll on Adam Dunn (who is Chicago Tough)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 6, 2011 11:21 pm
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Will Carroll (via WSCR):

“That’s how fast things have gone,” Will Carroll, of SI.com, said on the Danny Mac Show. “I’m 40 years old and in my senior year of high school I had an appendectomy. I missed six days of school at the tail end of my senior year, which wasn’t fun. I still have a three-inch scar from it. Today you have it laparoscopically, which is the abdominal equivalent of an arthroscope. They put in two small holes, that you won’t even see 10 days from now, you don’t have to have any stitches. They don’t have to tear any muscle, they can actually push it aside. They’ve just made this so minimally invasive that it’s almost nothing.

You go in there and you snip the appendix out and you go back. There’s very little trauma to it, and it’s just amazing that we have this technology. The amazing thing here is that they’re talking about five days. Now a week to 10 days, I think, is more reasonable,” Carroll said. “I know that Dunn doesn’t have to play the field, but he still has to have that hard twist. It’s not like his swing doesn’t have a lot of torque to it. So I think five [games] is a little optimistic, but the White Sox know their stuff.”

Dunn says A.J. rubbed some dirt on it and he’s ready to go (via Reifert):

“One thing I definitely don’t want to do is miss Opening Day at home. I’m going home tonight and planning on playing tomorrow and we’ll go from there. If it’s really sore and if I’m feeling like this tomorrow, we might have some problems. I’m anticipating it getting better. I’m a quick healer, like Wolverine. I asked the doctor yesterday how long these things take and he gave me a general answer for the public. I’m subtracting 15 days off it. If I can tolerate [the pain], then I want to play. I don’t mind playing when I’m not 100 percent.”

All in baby! Ozzie had a different response though:

“He said he wants to be out there tomorrow but I don’t want to take the risk,’’ Guillen said. “He said he can pinch-hit today, but that’s crazy. Will you see him tomorrow? I try to stay away from him because that’s the best for him and the ballclub and to me the player is more important than the club,’’ Guillen said. “When we get back to Chicago the doctor will check him again and we’ll make a decision if he can play this weekend or wait till the next series.’’

BTW, here’s video of Ozzie’s response.

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