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After playing at Single-A Kannapolis during the Triple-A All-Star break, outfielder Carlos Quentin has been reassigned to Triple-A Charlotte, where he will play left field Thursday night. Quentin could return to the Chicago White Sox soon if he plays well and has no setbacks the next couple of days.
Bartolo Colon’s next start is scheduled for Sunday, also with Charlotte.
0-1 for 2 BB for Quentin tonight. He was replaced in the bottom of the 7th. Bartolo Colon struck out 8, 6 on called third strikes, while walking 1:
FutureSox twits Colon’s pitching speeds: 88-92 FB, 85-87 Cut FB, 80 CH, 84 SL?
Poreda will stay in the bullpen:
And then there’s Poreda, the hard-throwing left-hander who was the team’s top pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. He has become an instant bullpen presence with a 0.90 ERA over eight games, but don’t look for him to be stepping back into the role he held so well to the tune of a 2.38 ERA over 11 starts at Double-A Birmingham at the outset of the 2009 campaign.
“Poreda is a reliever right now, and it’s unfair to him for me to start him,” said White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper. “He’s long since been stretched out. He’s getting over the hump and showing he’s a quality left-handed reliever. We don’t want to pull the plug on that.”
The Savannah Sand Gnats will face not one, but two Major League stars when they play the Kannapolis Intimidators in a series beginning this Monday, July 13, at Historic Grayson Stadium. The Intimidators’ lineup during the series will feature Chicago White Sox All-Star Carlos Quentin, who was a leading candidate for Most Valuable Player Award last season. The starting pitcher for Tuesday’s game will be 2005 American League Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon. …
After Kannapolis it’s back at Charlotte for Colon.
What are you hearing from your spy Ozzie?
“The control was outstanding, his velocity was not there and he threw more breaking balls,” said Guillen of Colon, who gave up one run on two hits over five innings during the Knights’ 7-1 victory over Norfolk “That’s it. You know the way Colon is. He’s like, ‘OK, let me go out and do it.’ It was nothing impressive, but it was good.”
Guillen’s initial report on Colon, who walked two, struck out one and threw 40 of his 65 pitches for strikes, came from his son Oney, an employee of the White Sox organization currently located in Charlotte. Oney added that Colon threw some breaking balls on 3-2 pitches, a mixture of fastballs and off-speed offerings the White Sox wanted to see from the burly right-hander before Colon even was considered for a return to the Majors. …
From what Oney says, Freddy is training in Charlotte.
Guillen said the Sox have studied videotape of Richard, “but we don’t have any better choice,” Guillen said. “We have to wait to see how Colon is doing, and see what happens. Right now, I’m supporting him (Richard).”
what about Freddy Garcia, Ozzie?
“He hasn’t turned the corner,” said Guillen, who talked to Garcia recently but said Garcia is “throwing well.”
A major league source observed Colon’s start with the Charlotte Knights yesterday and compared it favorably to his April 23 start against the Baltimore Orioles:
“He definitely threw more breaking pitches and change-ups. You could notice he was throwing more sliders and wasn’t afraid to throw them to left-handers as well as right-handers. He was throwing in the 88-to-90 (mph) range. It looked like when he wanted to throw harder, he did. He was throwing more four-seam fastballs. I could tell because he was trying to raise the hitters’ eye level.”
UPDATE: Colon’s next start will be Tuesday for Class-A Kannapolis against Savannah.
“I don’t know,” manager Ozzie Guillen said on whether the Sox could remain patient with Richard, who lasted one-plus inning and has failed to pitch at least six innings in seven of his past eight starts. “We don’t have any other choice right now.”
Colon updates also at the link.
per Scott Merkin. He was eating tacos in the Dominican and not L.A.
I haven’t had a chance to speak with Freddy lately, but my three kids are constantly keeping me up to date on his rehabilitation. If Freddy is able to regain the strength in his shoulder, then anything is possible. Right now Freddy is with Bartolo Colon in Glendale, Arizona working hard to see if he can come back and help us in the second half. Me, more than anyone, would love to be able to count on Freddy in the second half.
Speaking of Freddy “The Chief” Garcia, did you know his .656 Win-Loss % is the the 2nd highest in White Sox history? Baseball-Reference says so (500 IP or 50 decisions required).
Ozzie expected Colon to be pitching in a rehab assignmenent by now. Maybe he’s not in the team’s 2nd half plans anymore:
“Who can help us the most?” Guillen said of the main factor in determining what happens when Colon is ready. “But in the meanwhile, Colon has to throw more breaking balls and see if he could go back-to-back (starts). Then we will make that decision. Where he’s going to fit? We’ll figure out how we’re going to do it.’’
and Ozzie on Quentin’s rehab:
“But he’s making progress, a lot of progress,” Guillen said. “I just worry about how he’s running. He said he felt a little uncomfortable turning the bases, but this is the beginning of the rehab, and I think everyone sounded optimistic about where he is right now.’’