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August 29, 2009

Peavy leaves after 3 and 1/3 with elbow tightness (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ August 29, 2009 8:42 pm
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In his 4th minor-league start Jake Peavy threw 68 pitches (43 strikes) in 3 and 1/3 innings (4 K / 1 BB). Peavy had said before the game that he wanted to throw 6 innings or 100 pitches. Before leaving the game, Peavy received a visit from trainer Scott Johnson after experiencing elbow tightness.

here’s the pitching portion of the boxscore:

Peavy, J 3.1 4 2 2 1 4 0 2.93
Jimenez, K 1.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 4.30

UPDATE: Peavy will be examined tomorrow by Herm.

Will September’s roster expansion be flowery?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 29, 2009 6:27 pm
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Guillen said he spoke Friday to general manager Ken Williams about players under consideration to be called up when 25-man rosters can be expanded on Tuesday. The most eye-opening name is Tyler Flowers, touted by the Sox as their catcher of the future. Flowers is batting a combined .295 with 15 home runs and 55 RBIs at Triple-A Charlotte and Double-A Birmingham. Veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski is signed through 2010 and will earn full no-trade rights if he’s not traded before the middle of next season because of his 10 years of major-league service with at least the last five with the same team.

UPDATE: Yes, it will.

Ozzie unloads

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 29, 2009 5:36 pm

Ozzie Guillen:

“I’m embarrassed, and everybody in that room should be embarrassed. If they’re not embarrassed, they got the wrong job, or they’re stealing money from baseball. I feel like I’m stealing the money from [White Sox chairman] Jerry [Reinsdorf], and that’s a shame. When you’ve got more errors than hits, you better look yourself in the mirror and start second-guessing yourself. But I’m second-guessing myself right now, making the wrong lineup every day. I second-guess myself bringing in the wrong guys to pitch, second-guess myself [in that] we work so hard to put this team together, all the way from Spring Training, and when I look on the field … It gets to the point where [if] you are a veteran player — and I have a lot of respect for them — you appreciate what they [have done] for you in the past, but this is not Major League Baseball, sorry.”


“I was making the lineup today and started to laugh. I just finished making the lineup minutes ago and started laughing because when you only got one hit and three errors, it’s not easy to pencil people in. It’s not.”

Nadir Contreras

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 29, 2009 2:53 pm

Lindsey Willhite:

Right now, I should be playing with my kids or working in the yard or writing college football stories for the paper. Instead, I’m sitting here dumbfounded as I watch the White Sox’s final day in the 2009 pennant race. This is the nadir of the season, which prompted the headline to this blog. (Who else remembers the Sox’s fabled former pitching coach?) …

A 1-hitter to Sergio Mitre? Seriously?

Joe Crede considering retirement?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MLB — The Wizard @ August 29, 2009 2:46 pm

Phil Rogers:

The Twins’ Joe Crede’s recurring back injuries could prompt him to retire after the season. He has had surgery the last two off-seasons and needed an epidural on his back last week.

One of my favorite Sox. How can I forget JOE CREDEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE? (mms and http) It’s a damn tragedy his back won’t allow him to do much playing anymore…

Kenny Williams seeks playoff riches

this team better make the playoffs says Kenny:

“This would be the most disappointing season for me if we don’t get in the playoffs. I like this team. This team is better than a lot of teams we’ve ever had here. If you want to stay here, take the AL Central title. If not, it leaves it to my imagination to make this team better. And I’ve got a big imagination.”

what did Jerry Reinsdorf think of taking on the Peavy contract?

Williams waited until the morning of July 31 to seek permission to acquire Peavy, who has $55.9 million remaining on a contract that runs through 2012. The answer was, “No.” “I know I had said, ‘Yes,’ back in May,” Reinsdorf says, “but Kenny got me in a weak moment. … I didn’t think we could afford him. But even though I said, ‘No,’ I told Kenny I was willing to talk about it.” Williams, assistant GM Rick Hahn and Reinsdorf talked about the 2010 budget. … “I had to be convinced I could handle the money,” Reinsdorf says. “They convinced me.”

how about the Rios contract?

When the Blue Jays put Rios, 28, on waivers the first week of August, the White Sox claimed him. Williams didn’t bother to clear the move with Reinsdorf, figuring there was no need. The claim was designed to work out a trade or block another contender from obtaining him. Never did Williams envision the Blue Jays would let Rios go for nothing. “I really believed there would be a deal,” Williams says, “but they wanted the financial relief instead.”

risky moves kenny?

“Where’s the gamble? Where’s the risk? I’m not going into this with my head down and wondering if it will work. This is what we needed to do to win a championship. There’s no guarantee, but I don’t think there’s a risk, either.”

no risk at all?

“Well, if I am wrong. I may be looking for a second job.”

John Ely scouting report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ August 29, 2009 11:32 am
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His arsenal is highlighted by a great changeup that Baseball America has called plus-plus. His low 90s fastball has good movement combines with the change to give him a good groundball rate. He also has a 12-to-6 curveball that can be good, but is inconsistent. …

Freddy wants to come back next year (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 29, 2009 12:12 am

Freddy Garcia:

”Hopefully they do want me back. They gave me a shot this year, and maybe I can show them that I am good enough to come back next year. We’ll see. It depends on what they’re looking for, but, hey, I’m here already, so maybe they will bring me back. This is where I want to be. I missed the game a lot. The last two years have been rough for me. I tried to come back last year with Detroit, was feeling good. Pitched three times, and then my shoulder started bothering me and never stopped. I came back this year to spring training [with the Mets], and I was never really given a chance to pitch like I want to. I’ve always been a starter. They put me as a reliever, and that pushed me back. I didn’t have a chance to recover after I pitched, and the stuff wasn’t there. My velocity and stuff. When I got released, that was a good thing that happened. I went home and was able to rest my shoulder. I ran, did my stuff, but let my shoulder rest. … After that [MRI that showed his shoulder was clean], I was able to say, ‘OK, I know now I can really come back, and [the Sox] know that nothing is wrong with my shoulder,”’ he said. ”That helped mentally. Now, I just want to move forward again.”

UPDATE: Garcia’s contract with Sox has a $1 million option for next year, that includes $2 million in incentives based on innings pitched next year (source).

What position did Dayan Viciedo play today?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ August 29, 2009 12:00 am
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1B. Was it a one day thing or a position move?

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