UPDATE: Merkin @ CWS:
Jake Peavy’s next rehab start will take place Wednesday at home for Triple-A Charlotte, with the Knights taking on Durham. Peavy threw 3 2/3 innings and 71 pitches for Double-A Birmingham on Friday in Montgomery, Ala., but remains a ways away from a big league start for the White Sox.
“Three more starts possibly before Jake can even think about being back with his pitch total being where it’s at,” said White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper of Peavy, who will go somewhere around 80 pitches on Wednesday. “He has come along nicely.
Three more starts before Peavy leaves solitary confinement as Dunn says!
|Zaleski (W, 1-0)
Pitches-strikes: Peavy 72-43.
Groundouts-flyouts: Peavy 2-2.
Batters faced: Peavy 17.
UPDATE: Peavy’s comments and videos are below: (more…)
The biggest surprise to me was Eduardo Escobar
landing in AAA. The slick fielding shortstop played 49 games with the Barons last year and hit just .262 with an OPS south of .700. That said, he impressed Ozzie Guillen
among others this spring.
Terry Doyle starts for Winston-Salem tonight while SBT favorite Andre Rienzo is also on the Winston-Salem’s starting pitching rotation:
On the mound, the Dash boasts a pair of top 30 prospects in the starting rotation. Brazilian right-hander Andre Rienzo was one of Kannapolis’ best starters last year, going 8-4 with a 3.65 ERA and holding opponents to two runs or fewer in each of his last ten starts. Rienzo is ranked by Baseball America as the 25th best prospect in the White Sox farm system. RHP Cameron Bayne was 29th on that list after finishing 2010 12-9 with a 3.60 ERA and 101 strikeouts last season for the Intimidators. Bayne and Rienzo should be joined in the rotation by RHP Terry Doyle, LHP Hector Santiago, RHP Justin Collop, and possibly LHP Joe Serafin.
|Chi White Sox
|Jackson, E(W, 2-0)
||Strikes / %
||Swinging Strikes / %
||Time to Plate
|FF (FourSeam Fastball)
||22 / 78.57%
||2 / 7.14%
||7 / 63.64%
||0 / 0.00%
||32 / 65.31%
||13 / 26.53%
|FT (TwoSeam Fastball)
||16 / 53.33%
||0 / 0.00%
|Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and may be inaccurate.
Pitch Type LWTS correspond to how many runs were likely to score on a particular pitch based on average run expectancy when each pitch was thrown and what happened as a result. Negative scores indicate more effective pitches.
Time to Plate is the time, in seconds, that it takes an average pitch of this type to reach the plate. This is strongly correlated with velocity, but also factors in movement.
|Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
||Pitches in Inning
||Strikes in Inning
||Strike% in Inning
||Cumulative Total Pitches
||Pitch LWTS in Inning
UPDATE: J.J. has more on EJ’s un-hittable slider.
“I remember facing him,” said A.J. Pierzynski, who had the pleasure of catching Jackson in the White Sox’ 5-1 win over Tampa Bay before 38,579 at U.S. Cellular Field. “You didn’t want him to get ahead of you because then it was, ‘Oh boy, I’ve got to try to hit this slider.’ It’s as good as any slider there is.”
UPDATE: Garfien gives us the long version:
Adam Dunn had experienced stomach pains before, but never quite like this. For several days, there were shooting pains coming from the upper reaches of his abdomen. He assumed it wasn’t anything serious.
That was until he flipped on the television while in his hotel room in Kansas City on Tuesday morning and saw a story about the Cardinal’s Matt Holliday who needed his appendix taken out after playing on Opening Day.
The reporter mentioned Holliday’s symptoms. Dunn made a mental checklist
“Got that … got that … got that,” he said to himself.
Wednesday at 2:30 a.m., White Sox general manager Kenny Williams received a phone call. It was team trainer Herm Schneider calling from a Kansas City hospital, informing him that Williams’ $56 million slugger was about to have an emergency appendectomy.
Prior to today’s game vs. Tampa Bay, the Chicago White Sox designated outfielder Lastings Milledge for assignment and purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Jeff Gray from Class AAA Charlotte.
Milledge, 26, appeared in two games with the Sox this season, going 1-4 with a double and a run scored.
Gray, 29, was signed by the White Sox as a free agent on November 23, 2010. He is 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA (22 ER/40.1 IP) in 36 major-league relief appearances with Oakland (2008-09) and the Cubs (2010).
Gray will wear uniform No. 60.
Dammit, 4 ABs?
Hopefully he isn’t claimed and goes to Charlotte.
UPDATE: J.J. asks why was Milledge DFA’d and not Lillibridge. Seems strange. And he thinks Milledge will be claimed. Unfortunately, I think so too. Someone will want him after his strong spring training.
Will Carroll (via WSCR):
“That’s how fast things have gone,” Will Carroll, of SI.com, said on the Danny Mac Show. “I’m 40 years old and in my senior year of high school I had an appendectomy. I missed six days of school at the tail end of my senior year, which wasn’t fun. I still have a three-inch scar from it. Today you have it laparoscopically, which is the abdominal equivalent of an arthroscope. They put in two small holes, that you won’t even see 10 days from now, you don’t have to have any stitches. They don’t have to tear any muscle, they can actually push it aside. They’ve just made this so minimally invasive that it’s almost nothing.
You go in there and you snip the appendix out and you go back. There’s very little trauma to it, and it’s just amazing that we have this technology. The amazing thing here is that they’re talking about five days. Now a week to 10 days, I think, is more reasonable,” Carroll said. “I know that Dunn doesn’t have to play the field, but he still has to have that hard twist. It’s not like his swing doesn’t have a lot of torque to it. So I think five [games] is a little optimistic, but the White Sox know their stuff.”
Dunn says A.J. rubbed some dirt on it and he’s ready to go (via Reifert):
“One thing I definitely don’t want to do is miss Opening Day at home. I’m going home tonight and planning on playing tomorrow and we’ll go from there. If it’s really sore and if I’m feeling like this tomorrow, we might have some problems. I’m anticipating it getting better. I’m a quick healer, like Wolverine. I asked the doctor yesterday how long these things take and he gave me a general answer for the public. I’m subtracting 15 days off it. If I can tolerate [the pain], then I want to play. I don’t mind playing when I’m not 100 percent.”
All in baby! Ozzie had a different response though:
“He said he wants to be out there tomorrow but I don’t want to take the risk,’’ Guillen said. “He said he can pinch-hit today, but that’s crazy. Will you see him tomorrow? I try to stay away from him because that’s the best for him and the ballclub and to me the player is more important than the club,’’ Guillen said. “When we get back to Chicago the doctor will check him again and we’ll make a decision if he can play this weekend or wait till the next series.’’
BTW, here’s video of Ozzie’s response.