Chris Sale had a good start in today’s intrasquad game:
Sale said he was mindful during warmups and at the start of the game to not go hard from the onset.“
Just taking it nice and easy and really loosening it up because you have time,” he said. “You’re in no rush. That was nice to go out there and flip some in and start stretching it out and pick it up as it goes.”
Shingo Takatsu, aka Mr. Zero, made an appearance!
And a photo from today’s game. Chris Sale pitches to Alex Rios:
More pictures here.
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It looks like the White Sox are going to be shaking up their outfield. Manager Robin Ventura indicated Dayan Viciedo is going to move from right field to left field, Alex Rios is moving from center to right and Alejandro De Aza is moving from left to center. We’ll see how this plays out … nothing is definite yet.
I don’t think Viciedo has played any games in left in the majors or the minors…
Here’s the 2nd version of the extremely early, unset rosters, AL Central CAIRO projections:
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BTW, Here’s the 1st version of the CAIRO projections:
Seems the loss of Carlos Quentin lowered the White Sox projections a bit. Also, the latest version’s projections feature 2 wildcard teams.
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The DWL (Dominican Winter League) regular season is over. Alejandro De Aza had 128 PA and a .198/.313/.306/.619 batting line with 17 BB and 28 K. Fangraph’s SCOUT leaderboard says:
|Alejandro De Aza
Like J.J. said at least De Aza’s plate discipline numbers Are similar to the ones he had with the Sox last year (17 BB, 34 K in 171 PA).
Wondering who’s atop the SCOUT leaderboard?
Ricardo Nanita. That’s a familiar name!
This year the ‘Super Two’ cutoff was 2 years and 146 days of service time (it was rather late). Gordon Beckham had 2 years and 123 days of service time.
Alejandro De Aza missed by 7 days! He had 2 years and 139 days of service time.
As MLBTR says:
Some players with more than two and less than three years of service time go to arbitration, while others don’t. Going to arbitration an extra time, the right earned by baseball’s super two players, is a clear advantage; super twos earn more than others in their service class.
BTW, Dayan Viciedo has accumulated 123 days of service time.
Padilla @ ESPN:
ESPN’s Pedro Gomez reported the White Sox considered using Adam Dunn
to pitch in the ninth inning, but manager Ozzie Guillen nixed that idea.
Couldn’t make things any worse…
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Schouwen @ CST:
The White Sox will take on the New York Yankees and left-hander CC Sabathia without their best hitter.
Paul Konerko, who was hit near his left knee by a pitch from Red Sox lefty Andrew Miller and sustained a bruised left calf on Sunday, is not in the starting lineup as the Sox continue an important homestand tonight with a four-game series against New York at U.S. Cellular Field.
Will the Sox have any offense tonight?
Adam Dunn, who has three hits against lefties this season, will play first base. Carlos Quentin slides into Dunn’s customary designed hitter spot while Brent Lillibridge will play right right field.
And who will play left right field?
Other White Sox links: James looks at yesterday’s trade deadline and recaps the last week, J.J. looks at Phil Humber’s performance, and colin looks at Alejandro De Aza.
Rosenthal @ MLB Buzz:
The White Sox do not figure to become outright sellers, not when they’re only 3 1/2 games out of first place in the AL Central. But owner Jerry Reinsdorf wants to trim payroll, according to a major-league source.
So, while the White Sox aren’t about to dust off their dreaded “white flag,” Williams could seek to make deals that lower the payroll while keeping the team competitive for a post-season run.
The Sox went “all-in” this season, increasing their Opening Day payroll to a club-record $127.7 million, the fifth-highest in the majors. However, the team ranks only 19th in home attendance, and their average is down more than 2,000 from a year ago, dropping from 27,091 to 24,647.
Those numbers hint at financial pressure, and the White Sox possibly could move two players – right-hander Edwin Jackson ($8.35 million) and right fielder Carlos Quentin ($5.05 million) without greatly compromising their chances. …
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UPDATE: Kenny’s answer to Rosenthal’s report:
“We should just get to the Trade Deadline and where we are, what we do, what we may do, all these questions will be answered,” Williams said. “And let’s go from there. We’ll see how we do this week.”When asked if there were any untouchables on his roster, Williams smiled and reiterated, “Let’s see how we do this week.”