That appeared to be the case Wednesday, as Jenks devoted a significant portion of his 50-pitch simulated game to working out of a full windup.
After the outing, Jenks sternly declined to address questions about his velocity but otherwise was forthcoming about his outing and that his right calf felt better.
Pitching coach Don Cooper, however, was more precise about the decision for Jenks to work alternately between the stretch position — which he has used exclusively — and a full windup.
“It may help a little bit with his calf,” Cooper said. “We’ve kicked this around. It wasn’t because of the calf. It may be another look for something different. He can do it because he’s a good enough athlete. More important than the full windup is getting him ready, and it was a good workout.” …
March 17, 2010
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Manager Ozzie Guillen has vowed to start using more combinations that could resemble lineups during the regular season, and Friday’s lineup against the Cubs could serve as the one Guillen employs against Cleveland on April 5.
And Friday’s lineup is:
Pierre lf; Beckham 2b; Quentin rf; Konerko 1b; Pierzynski c; Rios cf; Kotsay dh; Teahen 3b; Ramirez ss
One ailment that has stayed under the radar is Gordon Beckham’s sore right shoulder. Beckham said his shoulder feels much better, and he has started the past two games.
Still, some Sox insiders were concerned that the injury may be chronic, but Beckham insisted the injury was caused by a long layoff from throwing this past winter. Beckham said he usually took only one month off from throwing when he played at the University of Georgia but devoted much of last winter to strengthening his body.
“Really, it’s gotten a lot better,” Beckham said. “We kind of knew it would. It just took some time (because of the) start-up pain, but it’s feeling good, ready to go.
“My shoulder has wear and tear like everyone else. It’s just more start-up pain for me. I’ve never had this much time off, and I think having the time off, the shoulder got very tight. And we had to keep loosening it up and finally we’re where we want to be.”
Where we rank the top right fielders:
1. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
2. Michael Cuddyer, Twins
3. Nick Markakis, Orioles
6. CARLOS QUENTIN, WHITE SOX
… “I know my lineup,” Guillen said. “I got my lineup against lefties and righties already.” But when pressed for the exact batting order, Guillen came up with several possibilities, even though he claims that “it’s easier than in the past.” He listed Pierre, Gordon Beckham, Carlos Quentin and Paul Konerko as the first four. And he seemed certain that Mark Teahen would bat eighth and Alexei Ramirez ninth. Five through seven? “(Mark) Kotsay fifth and A.J. seventh, or … (those) two lefties will bat fifth and seventh with (Alex) Rios in the middle,” he said. “Or I might put Kotsay in the middle.” …
Prior to today’s game vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Chicago White Sox made the following five roster moves:
- Optioned OF Stefan Gartrell, RHP Jeff Marquez and INF Dayan Viciedo to Class AAA Charlotte;
- Released OF Jason Botts and RHP Daniel Cabrera.
With the moves, the White Sox have 39 players remaining in major-league camp: 18 pitchers, four catchers, 10 infielders and seven outfielders.
The White Sox have sent infielder Dayan Viciedo to their minor-league camp. Viciedo is making the transition from third to first base and will have more time to work on his new position. He is expected to start at Triple-A Charlotte.
More cuts coming later.
… Sure enough, when we look at his batted ball data from last season — notably batting average on balls in play (BABIP) and his percentage of line drives hit (LD%) — we see some outlier numbers.
Thanks to his speed and ability to hit line drives (more on that in a minute), Rios has a slightly elevated career BABIP of .319. The league average is around .300. Last season, his BABIP dropped to .273.
Digging a little deeper, Rios has maintained a career LD% of 19.8%. In 2009, that number dropped to 16.4%.
Going even deeper into the numbers, Rios saw a tremendous drop in LD% against right-handed pitching (RHP). In his career, Rios owns a LD% against RHP of 19.8%; in 2009, that number sank to 14.7%. This is significant because Rios faced a right-hander 72% of the time last year. …
… Where it gets interesting, however, is Jenks saying that the right calf that has slowed him a bit was actually torn in September when he was shut down. That was news to the Sox, as trainer Herm Schneider reiterated through a member of the Sox public relations team that it was just a strain. …
So what if Jenks does get hurt once the regular season starts, like he did last year? Guillen said the Sox have it covered, at least more than they did last season.
”[J.J. Putz] was there before and did a tremendous job, but I think I would go by committee,” Guillen said. ”Lefties, I would go with [Matt] Thornton. Righties, I would go with Putz.”
Baseball America magazine has selected Hahn as Major League Baseball’s top assistant GM, two sources confirmed. Hahn is entering his 10th season with the White Sox and has been credited with giving the organization cost certainty with multi-year deals to several players. …