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August 27, 2009

Peavy to make a minor-league start on Saturday

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ August 27, 2009 10:28 pm
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A start has been scheduled for Jake Peavy this Saturday, and it will take place in the Eastern Time Zone. That particular start will be made by Peavy for Triple-A Charlotte, in Norfolk, Va., marking the White Sox righty’s fourth Minor League rehab effort. Peavy basically was deemed ready to return after pitching five innings of scoreless baseball on Monday for the Knights, but he also took a line drive off his pitching elbow that temporarily delayed his comeback. “Obviously, this is a tiny setback,” said Peavy on Thursday. “I hope to get out there and make a start and be out there sooner rather than later.” Peavy originally had a side session scheduled for late Wednesday afternoon, but that session was scratched when he felt soreness in the area where he took the line drive while playing catch. He went outside and played long toss on Thursday to stretch out a little bit, and then had a live, light sideline of somewhere around 30 pitches. His performance was good enough to get Peavy on the mound, but the White Sox are playing it safe by starting him for the Knights in what looks like one last time. “Oh, I would think that it’s probably a good shot that after the next start in Triple-A, he will be pitching somewhere with us,” said White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper of Peavy. “It’s a good chance, unless something crazy happens.”


Lucas Harrell to join Team USA

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ August 27, 2009 9:57 pm
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Team USA will have 3 White Sox minor-league players when it plays on the World Cup next month: pitchers Lucas Harrell (rhp), Ehren Wasserman (rhp) and outfielder Josh Kroeger.

FutureSox on the Brandon Allen-Tony Pena trade

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 27, 2009 9:46 pm
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In one of Kenny Williams’ lower profile moves from this season he dealt a young 1st base prospect, Brandon Allen, to the Diamondbacks for reliever Tony Pena. Since the trade Pena’s performances have been uninspiring, to say the least, and Brandon Allen has been destroying PCL pitching, resulting in a promotion to Arizona. So I find myself posing the question; was trading Brandon Allen a mistake? …

This team doesn’t run into walls

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 27, 2009 12:01 am

The Sox need to play with more intensity, right Paul Konerko?

“This isn’t football. I’ll take execution and smart play over intensity and all that. That stuff went out. I think everyone is getting after it. I’ve been here since the beginning of the year and there’s nobody doing anything different than at any time during the season that you thought we were a good team. Everyone is doing the same thing, but when you don’t execute or make a pitch or (commit) an error, somebody throws out the intensity word and I just don’t go that way. I do think you have to play with some intensity, but I think this team is playing with the same style we have all year.”

August 26, 2009

Doesn’t look like Peavy will start for the Sox this weekend

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 26, 2009 6:44 pm
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Jake Peavy’s attempt at throwing a bullpen session was cut short after he felt stiffness in his right elbow while playing catch before Wednesday’s batting practice session. Peavy, who is attempting to make his first start for the White Sox on Saturday at Yankee Stadium, will attempt to throw a shorter bullpen session Thursday than what was scheduled on Wednesday. But pitching coach Don Cooper thought Peavy might be better served with another minor league start, rather than try to push toward Saturday. …

More Coop:

“To tell you the truth, sitting here right now, I’m believing, me, and me only, we haven’t discussed it with Ozzie or Kenny, but my opinion, right now the best way to take care of Jake Peavy and do the best for Jake Peavy is to continue to play it by ear, see what he can do [Thursday], make one more start in the minor leagues,” Cooper said. “To me then, we’ve taken care of everything the best you can take care of it. If you want to call it crossing the t’s and dotting the I’s, you can call it that. We’re doing it the right away, we’re not going to dick around with this.”

Levine says that according to team sources the chances of Peavy starting Saturday are remote. Merkin adds that Herm is hard at work with Peavy.

Couldn’t we have designated Clayton as a PTBNL in the July 31 trade and send him to the Padres at the end of the season?

August 25, 2009

Look for an ‘AFL JR’ in 2010

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 25, 2009 7:03 pm

MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo says to look for a junior AFL in 2010. With the closing of the Hawaiian Winter Baseball league after the 2008 season there was thought of creating a junior AFL for lower-level prospects. That didn’t happen, but each team is allowed to send 2 A-ball prospects to the AFL this year. The AFL Jr. should be an A-ball prospects league, while the AFL would remain a AA-ball and AAA-ball prospects league.

Where will Jake Peavy’s next start be? (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 25, 2009 6:25 pm
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Here’s pitching coach Don Cooper:

“My comment to (Peavy) was, ‘hopefully you getting hit in the elbow won’t get in the way of your next start,’ ” Cooper said Tuesday before the Sox took batting practice. “Where that is? I don’t want him to miss his next start. But we’ll see how it goes. If he has to take it another day, we’ll see. But that will unfold the next day, and see how he feels.”

UPDATE: Merkin says we won’t have an answer until Thursday/Friday. Here’s a video: Peavy nearing his return (1:37).

Make Firefox faster by vacuuming its databases (took me 10 seconds) (UPDATE)

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Wizard @ August 25, 2009 6:20 pm

2 ways to do it:

1. Install the VacuumPlaces extension or

2. Follow these instructions:

  • Open the Error Console: Tools menu/Error Console
  • In the Code text box paste this (it’s a single line):
  • Press Evaluate. All the UI will freeze for a few seconds while databases are VACUUMed

from mozillalinks, hat-tip lifehacker.

UPDATE: The VacuumPlaces extension has been improved. hat-tip lifehacker.

The Outfield joins Gordon Beckham’s radio interview

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 25, 2009 6:00 pm
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Gordon Beckham did an interview on WSCR and 2 members of ‘The Outfield’ (Tony Lewis and John Spinks) joined in.

Play: http://www.670thescore.com/topic/play_window.php?audioType=Episode&audioId=3974818 (15:53)

Download mp3: http://www.670thescore.com/episode_download.php?contentType=36&contentId=3974818

Podcast: http://podcast.670thescore.com/wscr2/1919209.mp3

BTW, Gordon Beckham’s at-bat music is after the jump. Ozzie doesn’t approve.


Jordan Danks and Dayan Viciedo highlight 2009’s Sox AFL players

This year’s Sox team are the Peoria Javelinas. The Full Roster is here. Besides Jordan Danks and Dayan Viciedo the other Sox participants are: Justin Cassel, Johnnie Lowe, Henry Mabee, Jacob Rasner, and C.J. Retherford.

No Tyler Flowers or Dan Hudson. 😦

BTW, Lowe and Rasner are featured in this week’s FutureSox ‘Hot and Cold’ column.

August 24, 2009

Jose Contreras removed from the Sox pitching rotation

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 24, 2009 11:15 pm
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Here’s Ozzie Guillen:

“It’s something you keep pushing and hoping for him but nothing works. Jose is going to be in the bullpen and I don’t know who is starting in his spot [Saturday]. We are in the position right now where we can’t continue to handle guys and hope they get it done. I think enough is enough.  I feel for him, but our job is to win games and not to do people favors. We cannot handle this anymore.”

Here’s Don Cooper:

“If (Peavy) says he’s ready to give us five, six, seven (innings), that might be enough in Kenny’s mind,” said Cooper, referring to general manager Ken Williams. “But if he can’t say that, we’ll have to go for someone else.”

BTW, Jose on his demotion:

“I understand perfectly,” Contreras said.

Jake Peavy: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 1 W

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ August 24, 2009 8:12 pm
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Peavy, J (W, 1-1) 5.0 4 0 0 2 3 0 2.25
Hernandez, F 2.0 3 1 1 2 2 0 1.80

Peavy threw 52 of his 80 pitches for strikes at his 3rd minor-league rehab start.

Gregor says give him another minor-league start and let him debut at Sept. 4 against Boston, but don’t be surprised if he starts Saturday (or Sunday) in New York against the Yankees.

DeLuca says Peavy’s velocity topped at 94mph, and he took a line-drive to his elbow but it only nicked him. DeLuca, also, says Peavy will petition to start Saturday in New York.

Don Cooper says the decision is Peavy’s.

Sox Rookie watch: Gordon Beckham, Chris Getz, Jayson Nix (videos)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 24, 2009 6:01 pm
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Videos: Gordon Beckham (1:28), Chris Getz (1:06),  Jayson Nix (1:17),  Sox Rookie Music Video (2:23)

Interviews: Gordon Beckham, Chris Getz, Jayson Nix (and non-rookies Jermaine Dye, Gavin Floyd, Ozzie Guillen)

Here’s everyone’s answer to ‘What scares you?’:

Gordon Beckham: The dark
Chris Getz: –
Jayson Nix: Swimming in the ocean
Jermaine Dye: Snakes
Gavin Floyd: Sharks, but I’m really fascinated by them
Ozzie Guillen: Rats

Snakes! I hate Snakes!

Chris Getz to start minor-league rehab assignment

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ August 24, 2009 5:20 pm
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White Sox second baseman Chris Getz will start a rehabilitation assignment Wednesday at Triple-A Charlotte. Getz has missed the past two weeks because of a right oblique strain.

FutureSox on John Shelby

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 24, 2009 2:20 pm


I think a much debated topic this season has been the performance of John Shelby III. Many have been disappointed, which is understandable. I have been a fan of his since he was at Kentucky, so I was looking forward to seeing him play this year. His numbers this year have taken an obvious dip, but the two most significant factors that have caused that are the vastness of Regions Park and his batting average. Although he did hit a 408 foot home run to dead center the other day to lead off the game. My only concern though is his average. …

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