The bullpen is also beat up. Bobby Jenks (pulled calf muscle) is out for the season, and D.J. Carrasco (hamstring) and Octavio Dotel (neck) might also be finished for the year.
September 30, 2009
The glut of closers on the trade and free-agent markets might compel the White Sox to act quickly if they wish to move Bobby Jenks, who will not be a free agent until after the 2011 season.
Matt Thornton could replace Jenks, but then the Sox would have no replacement for Thornton, one of the game’s most dominant left-handed relievers. One possible solution: Wait until January to sign a remaining free agent at a bargain-basement price.
8. The Nickname
Calling Becks up to the bigs may have provided us with the funniest unintentional nickname of all time. Due to manager Ozzie Guillen’s obvious inabilities to enunciate the English language properly, his attempts at Beckham sounded more like Bacon.
I think we can all agree that bacon basically beats out anything else known to man, so the Rookie of the Year Award almost seems like a forgone conclusion.
The White Sox are not planning on picking up Jermaine Dye‘s $12 million mutual option, according to people familiar with their thinking, making Dye a free agent after the year.
Of course they won’t pick-up Dye’s $12 million option. Now trying to negotiate something new is another thing. I guess it all depends on what offers does Dye get in the free-agent market.
September 29, 2009
Having to leave the team in order to have surgery on Thursday in Philadelphia was not the way the second baseman wanted his 2009 season to end, let alone to have that last day with his teammates day cut short because of bad weather, but there was one more light work session with hitting coach Greg Walker in the batting cages for Getz, and then off he goes. The lower oblique strain that put him on the 15-day disabled list back on Aug. 21 had still been bothering him, so Getz saw a specialist and a sports hernia was discovered. The plan was first to address it at the end of the season, but that plan went out the window now that the rest of the Sox schedule is basically meaningless. …
today’s game has been postponed. Sox will play two tomorrow at 3pm CT.
Gonzales says Buehrle gets Wednesday’s start:
The White Sox adjusted their rotation so that Mark Buehrle will pitch Wednesday night at Cleveland. The Sox had concerns about starting Jake Peavy on four days’ rest, so Peavy was moved back to Friday night at Detroit. Freddy Garcia and John Danks will start the final two games of the Detroit series.
BA’s Bill Mitchell looks on the AIL, which kicked off on Sept. 24:
While instructional league rosters consist primarily of recent draft picks and newly-signed Latin teenagers, the AIL is populated more with players who already have reached high Class A, or advanced college players getting their first taste of pro ball. The teams have earmarked certain players to participate in the league, although rosters are somewhat fluid with players going back and forth from regular instructs as needed. Among the players appearing in the first days of the Advanced league were righthander Brad Boxberger (Reds, supplemental first-round pick in 2009); outfielder Engel Beltre (Rangers); catcher Josh Phegley (White Sox, supplemental first round), infielder Johnny Giavotella (Royals); and outfielder Scott Van Slyke (Dodgers). … By the same token, the pitchers in the Advanced League are aware that they will gain from facing better hitters. “It gives you more feedback because it gives you time to face guys with a little more experience or ability,” said righthander Taylor Thompson, the White Sox’ 44th-round draft pick this year.
Guillen gave credit to the White Sox scouts when talking about Gordon Beckham and Daniel Hudson making contributions at the Major League level this season. Both players were part of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. “We have two guys here from 2008 on the big league roster playing good, not just being here.”
more Ozzie Guillen:
“(Scouts) have a lot of work to do. They are very, very underrated about the job they have. But like a lot of people say, those guys can get you fired. They are very important in any organization. That’s why we got better.”
Like the other teams, this list is going to be based for the most part off of who had the best seasons in the league. Age will play a small factor, as a guy with a very good season at a younger age may get the spot over a guy with a slightly better season who was a bit older.
Outfield – Justin Green
Green hit .303/.387/.444 for Kannapolis with 17 steals before earning a promotion to the Carolina League.
Relief Pitcher – Dan Remenowsky
Remenowsky had a 1.99 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and a 44.1% strikeout rate to go along with a 6.5% walk rate for Kannapolis.
September 28, 2009
The chances of Gavin Floyd pitching against Detroit this weekend basically were reduced to none on Monday, based on manager Ozzie Guillen’s pregame comments concerning shutting down his right-hander. Floyd has been bothered by muscle soreness in his left hip area and has not pitched since starting in Seattle on Sept. 16. But he doesn’t look to be the only White Sox pitcher out of service in these final six games. Mark Buehrle will pitch in the 2009 regular season finale only if the game means something to the Tigers. And reliever D.J. Carrasco, one of the most reliable hurlers on the White Sox staff this season, could be done as well due to a strained left hamstring suffered while stretching in the bullpen last week. …
Ozzie on Beckham:
”We have Gordon at third base, and he played outstanding. I can’t be more pleased and more happy with the way this kid played. He never played third in his life, and trying to play third at the big-league level isn’t easy. This kid handled it real well. He was the best player we had since spring training.”
And here’s Ozzie on Daniel Hudson:
“This kid is unbelievable, the way he grew up. He came to the big leagues to get a feel for it, and he’s really been impressive.”
The Reds picked Alonso at #7 and Beckham went to the Sox at #8. Here’s Goldstein:
Like the Beckham comment, this isn’t necessarily a bad pick, as Alonso had a solid but unspectacular full-season debut, this is more about what could have been: in the hours leading up to the draft, the Reds were torn between Alonso and University of Georgia shortstop Gordon Beckham. Alonso looks like he might be a power/on-base first baseman with problems hitting against left-handers, while Beckham looks like a future star with a chance to be a “face of the franchise”-type of player. So there are no big complaints about what they have, as long as you don’t think about what could have been.
September 27, 2009
Sunday’s attendance was 33,685, giving the Sox their eighth-highest total in history at just under 2.3 million.
Organist Nancy Faust received a pregame scoreboard video for her 40th season.