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August 4, 2009

Don Cooper on Saturday’s starter

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 4, 2009 8:17 pm
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Joe Cowley:

“We have D.J. [Carrasco] a possibility again, but we could go with the kid Torres again or go with Wes Whistler. Those are the names. … Freddy won’t be ready for that. Freddy probably needs at least three more [starts] for us to start saying, ‘OK, let’s see where he is right now.’ He’s still getting his feet and legs underneath him. Freddy is up to five innings, 60 pitches, and his velocity was 87-88 mph average. We know that Freddy is hard balls and smarts, and we know his curveball, slider, changeup will be there, because they’re always there, he can throw them on Christmas morning. It’s a little more game stuff for him, making sure legs are under him and arm is strong. He’s further along than where Jake is, but Jake didn’t have an arm injury, Freddy did. Getting to Jake, he’s going to have a side day [Wednesday] in San Diego and take two days off. Then he’ll do something with us on Saturday.”

Alexei Ramirez moving gingerly

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 4, 2009 7:27 pm

Mark Gonzales:

Ramirez fielding grounders hit right at him. Still moving gingerly.

Gonzales adds Ramirez might be out until Thursday.

Bobby Jenks to undergo kidney stone removal procedure

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 4, 2009 7:21 pm

Mark Gonzales:

White Sox closer Bobby Jenks said he was leaving for the hospital to undergo a procedure to menove his kidney stones. Jenks won’t be available for a few games.

Scot Gregor:

Closer Bobby Jenks was taken to the hospital Tuesday afternoon and is not available tonight. Jenks is still trying to pass another kidney stone, and he hasn’t looked too good the past few days.  If the issue is taken care of today, there still might be a few days of recovery time.

Closer by committee tonight.

Sox sign Australian righty James Albury

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ August 4, 2009 7:10 pm

Matt Eddy:

A native of Brisbane, Australia, Albury signed his first pro contract with the Red Sox in January 2003. The club released him in June 2006 and he had pitched in the Frontier League until signing with Chicago.

Ozzie Guillen offers his help to President Obama

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 4, 2009 7:02 pm
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Here’s the video: http://img18.yfrog.com/i/v1u.mp4/ (0:09)

“If you need any help, give me a call.” Hilarious!

Gordon Beckham is your AL rookie of the month

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MLB — The Wizard @ August 4, 2009 6:55 pm


On Tuesday, Major League Baseball announced that Beckham had been voted the July recipient of the Gillette presents American League Rookie of the Month Award. … In 27 games during July, Beckham, 22, led all AL rookies with a .330 batting average, 32 hits, three home runs, 18 RBIs, 10 doubles and a .526 slugging percentage. He also tied for the lead with 12 runs scored and had nine walks, three stolen bases and a .382 on-base percentage. … In 52 games since his promotion to the big leagues on June 4, Beckham already leads all AL rookies with a .311 batting average, 36 RBIs, a .486 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .374. He is tied for first among rookies with 17 doubles, and ranks second with 18 multi-hit games and 22 extra-base hits.

Yadel Marti, Yasser Gomez, and Juan Serrano declared free agents (UPDATE)

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ August 4, 2009 6:43 pm
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The agent for Yadel MartiYasser Gomez and Juan Yasser tells ESPN.com’s Jorge Arangure Jr. that the three Cubans have all been declared free agents. Marti and Gomez defected in December and a few weeks later their agent, Jaime Torres, said his clients were big-league ready. Now the bidding can begin…

Kenny’s on it!

UPDATE: Scot Gregor wonders if the Sox have any money left to grab Marti (P) or Gomez (CF).

BDD’s Defensive Metrics series: SS

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MLB — The Wizard @ August 4, 2009 1:08 pm
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Brian Joseph:

While UZR/150 is the stat du jour for many when it comes to defensive stats, there are plenty of statistics available that offer us some insight on defensive performance. For this reason, I thought it would be a great exercise to look at as many defensive metrics — from the unpopular fielding % and RF/9 to the very popular fielding value and UZR/150 — and rank them by position for each league. The next step was to add those rankings up and come up with a cumulative ranking at each position. Over the next week or so, I will look at each position around the Majors and present how the players ranked out at each position and which metrics were used (and where I pulled the data from).

Here is the SS entry:

SS (Fielding %, RF/9, UZR/150, F2O%, DPR, RZR, OOZ, Fielding Value, +/-)

Gordon Beckham: Not going anywhere

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 4, 2009 12:44 pm


Ask anyone in the White Sox front office about those particular chances involving Beckham, and they will reply with such a definitive and quick “no” that it sounds as if they are speaking in capital letters, with a few exclamation points added for emphasis. …

BP’s Steve Goldman on the Jake Peavy and other trades

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 4, 2009 12:26 pm

Steve Goldman:

First up, the Jake Peavy trade got me thinking about Shoeless Joe Jackson, not because Peavy has thrown a World Series (he did throw in an National League Division Series), but because even if Peavy does come off of the disabled list and propel the Pale Hose into the postseason and beyond (as Clay Davenport pointed out yesterday, the latter is more likely than the former), the deal will still have to get in line to rank among the best in Chicago Americans history. Three that may never be topped:

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