July 31, 2009
According to a major-league source, Williams made one more pass at Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay three days ago and was told ”no sale” by Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi. In fact, Ricciardi told Williams there was nothing in the Sox’ system that caught his interest. Then again, Williams wasn’t exactly pushing all his chips in, either. Contrary to the fairy tale of a deal that was mentioned in the Chicago Tribune on Thursday morning, Gavin Floyd and Alexei Ramirez never were offered. Neither was John Danks or Gordon Beckham. Williams always says there are no untouchables in his organization, but those four actually have become that.
Checking for flights to Charlotte:
The fact that infielder/outfielder Brent Lillibridge was in the clubhouse before the White Sox’ game Thursday against the New York Yankees wasn’t a good sign. But things got better when the Sox told Lillibridge their emergency was over and he could board the next plane back to Class AAA Charlotte. That meant the tests done on the right ankle of injured shortstop Alexei Ramirez came back negative and Ramirez wouldn’t be going on the 15-day disabled list.
July 30, 2009
Mark Gonzales: “Jenks has kidney stones, will return Friday.”
Probably ate too many slim-jims…
Besides the White Sox, the Javelinas will be featuring players from the Tigers, the Dodgers, the Brewers, and the Mariners. The Javelinas will be coached by Kevin Bradshaw, a long-time Detroit Tigers coach and manager.
The AFL season will run from October 13 through November 21. BTW, due to that there won’t be a lower-level AFL to replace the defunct Hawaii Winter Baseball league, the AFL will allow 2 Class-A level prospects, instead of 1, for each Major League team this year.
Reifert: Ozzie on Alexei: “He’s fine. This kid has no meat. He’s all bone.” Guillen indicated that he hoped Ramirez would be back by Sunday.
Cowley: Missile is probably out un[t]il Monday.
Gregor: Guillen said Ramirez was walking around much better today, and he could be back in the lineup Sunday. Brent Lillibridge was brought up from Class AAA Charlotte as an insurance policy, but it looks like Ramirez is going to be good to go.
UPDATED: Gonzales: Meanwhile, Alexei Ramirez could return as soon as Sunday after Guillen said his shortstop suffered a normal sprain of his right ankle Wednesday. “He was walking a little bit better,” Guillen said. “This kid has no meat. Everything is bones. I checked his feet and said, ‘you’re getting a pedicure. You’re not going to the doctor.’ “
Bruce Levine is reporting that Ken Williams is seeking a top-flight defensive outfielder for the pennant race and that one of those options is former Cubs phenom Felix Pie. Evidently the Sox have been scouting Pie for over six weeks and the Tribune’s Mark Gonzalez is further substantiating the rumor, indicating on Wednesday, that the White Sox, will try to trade recently demoted infielder Josh Fields for Pie. …
Kenny is seeking a top-flight defensive outfielder? LOL! Let’s trade for Brian Anderson!
July 29, 2009
Carlos Quentin hit a game-tying home run in the fifth but moved slowly around the bases. The home run was Quentin’s first since rejoining the Sox after a seven-week absence caused by plantar fasciitis of the left foot. Quentin finished the game, but Guillen had an unflattering assessment of Quentin’s health. “Carlos is all beat up,” Guillen said. “He looks like an old drunk.”
Alexei Ramirez left Wednesday’s game in the seventh inning of the White Sox 3-2 loss to the Twins at the Metrodome with what is being initially diagnosed as a sprained right ankle. Ramirez walked through the clubhouse on crutches, but the White Sox shortstop only was using them because the team couldn’t get X-rays since they were flying out of Minneapolis. They decided to err on the safe side, making the injury non-weight bearing until he gets the X-rays on Thursday in Chicago. “We’ll give him a day and see if he feels better,” said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen of his plans for Ramirez at the outset of the four-game set with the Yankees. “He’s not playing tomorrow.”
In advance of the White Sox game against the New York Yankees, Gov. Pat Quinn will join the All-Star lefty at U.S. Cellular Field on Thursday to proclaim July 30, 2009 as Mark Buehrle Day in Illinois.
Ramirez on bench starting to rotate ankle and walking from dugout to tunnel under his own power.
UPDATE: Mark Gonzales: Ramirez right ankle sprain. On crutches. Will have x-rays Thursday.
UPDATE #2: Scott Reifert: Initial diagnosis on Alexei is sprained ankle. On crutches as a precaution. Further tests tmrw in Chicago. #whitesox
UPDATE #3: Joe Cowley: Ramirez has a sprained right ankle. He left the park on crutches, but that was so he couldn’t put weight on it until x-rays tomorrow.