Now, with a new cutter at his disposal, Marquez feels as good as he has since coming to the White Sox. In a spot start on Monday in Peoria, Ariz., Marquez worked four innings. He’ll get another chance to start Saturday at Camelback Ranch.
“I’m going out there and pitching well,” Marquez said. “I’m doing what I can do on my end and trying to make it a tougher decision for them.”
March 24, 2011
UPDATE: Here’s the ‘Behind the scenes’ video (1:42).
Jake Peavy, White Sox (rotator cuff tendinitis, 4/15)
Peavy had made such a solid recovery from his lat reattachment that it seemed he was going to make the Opening Day roster, if not the Opening Day start. Peavy had no setbacks and showed no loss of velocity or … well, any issues. But here at the tail end of camp, Peavy’s come up with rotator cuff tendinitis, something that’s not uncommon, especially given that Peavy hadn’t pitched for a while. The question is whether this is simply getting back into pitching and having a common issue along the way, or whether this is related in some way to the surgery. No one seems to think this is from a change in mechanics for Peavy, who looks the same to me and to several scouts who have seen him this spring. Reports are that the tendinitis is “concerning, but not serious.” The Sox will likely have Peavy on a course of anti-inflammatories as they ease his work back. Even if this stays as minor as it appears, a DL stint is likely as it would both save a roster spot and allow Peavy to make a rehab start in the minor leagues. Watch to see when Peavy gets back on a mound for more of an indication as to when he’ll be back in the Sox rotation.
UPDATE: Here’s a nice article on Peavy’s injury by Amy Nelson.
What was assumed to be official White Sox news became just that prior to Thursday’s game against the Cubs, when manager Ozzie Guillen announced rookie Brent Morel as the team’s starting third baseman.
Mark Teahen will fill the super-sub role, playing third base, first base and the outfield.
“Teahen will be here just for his offense,” Guillen said. “Moving around to different positions, it’s hard for everyone. We don’t expect him to be a Gold Glove. We expect him to do the best he can. There’s no doubt if this kid [Morel] makes the ballclub, he has to play every day.”
Guillen plans to protect Morel against tough right-handed pitchers, but won’t use Teahen only against those high-end hurlers.
Game at 3:05 CT. The White Sox visit HoHoKam Park today at 4:05 p.m. CT to take on the Cubs. Right-hander Phil Humber gets the start against the crosstown rivals.