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December 1, 2010

Josh Phegley recovering after spleen removal operation

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 1, 2010 4:08 pm
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The operation took place on November 5 writes Mark Gonzales:

White Sox catching prospect Josh Phegley is making a strong recovery after his spleen was removed Nov. 5 in Chicago.

The procedure was done after Phegley and the Sox’s medical staff consulted with several experts who concluded that this was the best chance for Phegley to overcome Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), a condition that results in a low blood platelets.

The belief was that the platelets were being destroyed in the spleen, agent Joe Bick said.

This condition forced Phegley, a 2009 supplemental first-round pick, to miss the first part of the 2010 season in the minors. It resurfaced on the morning of opening day of the Arizona Fall League season and caused Phegley to be removed from the Peoria Saguaros’ roster.

Phegley has resumed workouts, and his platelet counts are “real good,” according to Bick.

Let’s hope Josh has a totally successful recovery.

mgl: Does (one-year) UZR tell us exactly what happened?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 1, 2010 12:14 pm
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We’ve discussed this before, and the answer is, “No.” Apparently almost everyone keeps forgetting this or doesn’t know it yet.  It differs from all offensive stats in that regard.  There are two kinds of regressions that one needs to do with UZR in order to make any practical sense of it:

1) Regress to estimate what actually happened from what UZR “thinks” happened.  The UZR “engine” does not do any internal regressions.

2) Regress to estimate a player’s true talent from what actually happened. …

Alexei Ramirez opts-out of his contract; Sox will pick-up option [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 1, 2010 11:50 am

Dyck @ CT:

As expected, White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez opted out of his $1.1 million contract for next season, which should prompt talks for a long-term extension for the Silver Slugger winner.

The Sox have a week to pick up a $2.5 million option on Ramirez, which they will do while the two sides also can talk about extending Ramirez’s contract.

UPDATE: Heyman @ SI tweets that the Sox will pick-up the $2.5 million option.

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