In year 9 of US Cellular Field, the White Sox look to rebound after 2 years of declines at the box office. The White Sox raised their season and individual prices minimally this season, but still can’t sellout the way other large market teams do. The White Sox maxed out at 90% capacity after their World Series win in 2005. The team is helped this year by the MLB schedulers this year with light schedule during the cold weather months of April and May. I forsee the White Sox increasing ticket sales this year thanks to a more competitive team in September and the Dodgers for interleague.
March 23, 2011
Infante was recently cut from Major League camp, but figures to get some innings with the Sox at some point in 2011. After transitioning to the bullpen last season he showed major heat. His fastball sits mid to high 90s and has been clocked hitting triple digits. His curve is a good pitch, but Infante needs to be more consistent with it. He has the potential for a one-two punch of plus pitches. Of course, control is key and that will probably be the No. 1 thing to watch in Charlotte this year.
And the news for the White Sox right-hander was about as upbeat as could be expected on Wednesday. Peavy was examined by Dr. Anthony Romeo, who performed the experimental surgery on July 14 to reattach the tendon that anchors the latissimus dorsi muscle to the rear of Peavy’s shoulder. The discomfort Peavy has been feeling in that area since his last start on March 19 in Phoenix was nothing structural and just the blip on the radar everyone in the organization expected during this comeback.
This piece of information was so positive that general manager Ken Williams still would not completely rule out Peavy from breaking camp with the team and being part of the opening rotation. It’s unlikely, at this point, but nothing seems to be impossible with Peavy’s unique situation.
UPDATE: Here’s Kenny:
“One of the reasons we went out to get Jake Peavy is because he has that attitude. When you say bulldog, that’s who you are talking about. That kind of guy. He is going to exhaust himself to get back out there. And the doctors have done an amazing job through the whole process keeping us informed and in layman’s terms explaining it to us. We’re not surprised where we are right now. And I continue to be surprised that we have the opportunity to get him out there a lot sooner than we wanted. But what we want is to keep a mindset toward the player first, and the club. This is not an Ozzie Guillen decision or a Don Cooper decision. I will take my guidance from the doctors, medical staff and Jake.”
Factoring in the Peavy setback, Williams said the White Sox will break camp with 12 pitchers. That decision leaves Phil Humber or Jeff Marquez as the fifth starter, the second of these hurlers working in long relief, and Brent Lillibridge and Lastings Milledge fighting for one position player slot — a decision likely to be made by Monday. Williams also said the temporary fifth starter will be filled by Humber or Marquez and not from someone off the waiver wire.
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