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May 13, 2011

A look into the most maddening injury in sports

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ May 13, 2011 12:49 pm
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Pearlman @ SI:

The diagnosis has been around since the 1970s when, team physicians and trainers have tried explaining to players that the inexplicable, oft-unbearable pain tearing through their feet was an inflammatory process of the plantar fascia.

Or, in simpler terms: All homo Sapiens have a thick fibrous band of tissue that begins on the heel bone and extends along the sole of the foot toward the toes. When this band, aka the plantar fascia, becomes inflamed, it hurts. “Sort of the same as someone picking up my foot, grabbing a thick piece of wood and slamming it repeatedly into my sole,” says Morgan Valley, a former guard for the UConn women’s basketball team whose battles with plantar caused her to miss 23 games of the Huskies’ undefeated 2001-02 season. “It’s a uniquely terrible injury.” …

Speaking of injuries, read ‘How Bartolo Colon’s Fat Ass Resurrected His Career.’

January 22, 2011

SoxFest Day 2 tweets

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 22, 2011 8:30 pm
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Ballantini: Rick Hahn basically says White Sox will never offer a Cliff Lee-type contract to a P: “We can allocate resources in better ways”

Ballantini: Hahn on sabermetrics: It’s a factor in our decisionmaking but we dont mind othr people not thinking so. They dont need to see behind curtain

Cowley: KW asked about good and bad trades – said he thought his best was going to be Bartolo in 2003.

Gonzales: Fan asks if frank t considered as hitting coach. Oz: NO! Says coaches don’t make enough $ and frank can’t take heat — Ballantini: Says coaches don’t get paid enough, and you need to be a very bad hitter to be a hitting coach. Frank’s hitting came too naturally.

September 16, 2009

Sox release Bartolo Colon

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 16, 2009 1:47 pm


The Chicago White Sox requested waivers on right-hander Bartolo Colon on Wednesday for the purposes of giving him his unconditional release. The announcement was made Wednesday afternoon prior to the club’s game in Seattle. Colon, 36, was 3-6 with a 4.19 ERA in 12 starts for the White Sox this season, but had been on the disabled list since July 28 with right elbow inflammation.

August 13, 2009

Fangraphs haz tRA

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 13, 2009 11:51 pm
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Good news everyone. tRA has made its way to FanGraphs thanks to Graham MacAree of Lookout Landing and statcorner.com. tRA is currently located in the player pages under the batted ball section of stats. Directly from the StatCorner glossary: tRA involves assigning run and out values to all events under a pitcher’s control and coming up with an expected number of runs allowed and outs generated in a defense and park neutral environment. tRA is on a R/9 scale and does not involve any regression of the rates.

some tRAs for 2009:  Mark Buehrle (5.15), John Danks (4.50), Jake Peavy (3.17), Gavin Floyd (5.01), Jose Contreras (4.24), Bartolo Colon (6.01), Clayton Richard (5.01)

Fangraphs’ tRA is different than statcorner’ tRA though:

There are a couple things which are different between the StatCorner version of tRA and the version implemented on FanGraphs. The main difference is we’re using Baseball Info Solutions batted ball stats instead of Gameday batted ball stats. The other difference, though probably not as major is we’re using different park factors.

the statcorner values: Buehrle, Mark (4.50), Danks, John (4.00), Peavy, Jake (3.17), Floyd, Gavin (4.26), Contreras, Jose (3.65), Colon, Bartolo (4.70), Richard, Clayton (5.01)

BTW, here’s a more detailed introduction to tRA. And here.

August 12, 2009

Freddy Garcia to start on Tuesday?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 12, 2009 10:31 pm
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Freddy Garcia has moved into position to start for the White Sox. The question is whether he will start Tuesday when the Sox need a fifth starter, possibly taking over if Jose Contreras should struggle, or provide insurance in September.

BTW, Bartolo Colon is  rehabilitating his sore right elbow in Arizona.

August 6, 2009

Where in the world is Bartolo Colon?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 6, 2009 3:41 pm
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Manager Ozzie Guillen isn’t planning on Bartolo Colon returning to help the White Sox for the rest of the season. Furthermore, Guillen didn’t know the whereabouts of Colon, who hasn’t pitched since hurting his right elbow against Detroit on July 24.

Cowley has more.

July 31, 2009

Sox looking for temporary fifth starter

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 31, 2009 8:12 pm
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General manager Ken Williams mentioned on Friday as to how Peavy, who has been on the disabled list with a strained tendon in his right ankle since June 13, will get on the mound Saturday. He will start an injury rehab program on Aug. 13 or 15 to get himself back into pitching shape after missing two months of the season. Peavy is expected back pitching at the Major League level in late August, but should that absence extend to early September, what other fifth-starter options do the White Sox possess? Factor in four off-days between Saturday and Sept. 11, and the White Sox will only need a fifth man for five starts — Aug. 10, 25 and 30, and Sept. 4 and 9. Choices other than Carrasco range from Carlos Torres, who came up from Triple-A Charlotte to make a spot-start on July 22 against the Rays, Freddy Garcia or currently disabled Bartolo Colon. Garcia was scheduled to start for Bristol on Friday, but the game was rained out.

July 29, 2009

Bartolo Colon, Clayton Richard, Randy Williams: DL, rotation, bullpen (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ July 29, 2009 1:45 pm
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Scot Gregor:

The Sox announced this afternoon that they’ve placed Colon on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 25) due to right elbow inflammation. In turn, they purchased the contract of left-hander Randy Williams from Class AAA Charlotte. Colon was scratched from tonight’s against the Twins and Jose Contreras was tabbed to fill in. The move allows manager Ozzie Guillen to keep Richard in the rotation. Richard won his last start on Sunday, beating Detroit.

Randy Williams’ stats.

Merkin looks on the probable pitching assignments.

UPDATE: Mark Gonzales says the pitching assignments for the series against the Yankees are: Floyd, Richard, Danks, Buehrle.

July 28, 2009

Bartolo Colon won’t start tomorrow’s game; Jose Contreras will

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 28, 2009 11:21 pm
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Mark Gonzales:

Bartolo Colon was scratched from Wednesday night’s start because of a sore right elbow. Jose Contreras will fill in for Colon. The severity of Colon’s injury wasn’t known, but it could pave the way for Clayton Richard to get another start if Colon’s pain lingers. The Sox, however, would need another left-handed reliever to complement Matt Thornton once he returns.

Thome derailed

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 28, 2009 7:58 pm
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Tuesday’s pregame was a newsworthy one for the White Sox, and not just because of the Mark Kotsay-for-Brian Anderson trade made with Boston. Manager Ozzie Guillen announced that designated hitter Jim Thome would be sidelined for the final two games of the series against the Twins at the Metrodome with back soreness, aside from a possible pinch-hitting appearance. Guillen followed up that comment with the official move of Clayton Richard back to the bullpen.

Bartolo Colon, Clayton Richard, Josh Fields: rotation, bullpen, AAA

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 28, 2009 7:11 pm
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Sox Net:

Joe Cowley is reporting that the White Sox will make room for newly acquired 1B/OF Mark Kotsay on the 25 man roster by sending 1B/3B Josh Fields to AAA Charlotte. The move won’t be made official until Wednesday, which is when Kotsay is expected in the Sox dugout. The Sox have also announced the lefty Clayton Richard will be sent to the bullpen with Bartolo Colon replacing him as the 5th starter.

July 21, 2009

John Danks to go on the DL?


But a corresponding roster move will need to be made with Torres’ arrival, and that move could involve a trip to the disabled list for Danks. It would be retroactive to the day after Friday’s first second-half start for Danks, who has an 8-6 record with a 3.98 ERA in 18 starts this season. Danks was unavailable for comment on Tuesday, as he was receiving treatment on the finger. Pitching coach Don Cooper simply is planning one start at a time.

Aside from Danks being down and out, the rest of the rotation remains the same. Mark Buehrle will finish the series Thursday against Tampa Bay, and Jose Contreras and Bartolo Colon appear to be Friday’s starters for the split doubleheader at Comerica Park against the Tigers. Gavin Floyd will get the call on Saturday. Sunday’s starter looks to be an unofficial to be announced. If Clayton Richard struggles again on Tuesday against the Rays and Danks is ready to go after the one-start absence, Danks could slide into Sunday night’s slot and Richard would move to the bullpen. That move probably would send hard-throwing rookie Aaron Poreda back to the Minors, although the White Sox will need to make another roster move when Colon is activated on Friday.

Sox call up Carlos Torres (UPDATE #2)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ July 21, 2009 12:01 pm
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Mark Gonzales:

Triple-A Charlotte pitcher Carlos Torres was scratched from his start Monday night, and a White Sox source said Torres was headed to Chicago for a promotion. Torres, 26, is 8-4 with a 2.20 ERA for the Knights. He has been used primarily as a starter this season, and several of Torres’ teammates who have made minor league rehabilitation assignments have been impressed with his control.

FS says Aaron Poreda will likely be demoted to Charlotte.

UPDATE #2: FS adds that Torres’ promotion will be short, as he will be demoted on Friday, to make room for Bartolo Colon.


July 20, 2009

Bartolo Colon to start Friday against Detroit

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 20, 2009 5:52 pm
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Mark Gonzales:

Guillen added that pitcher Bartolo Colon, who allowed four runs on eight hits in seven innings in a minor league rehabilitation start for Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday, will pitch Friday against Detroit if his left knee is healthy.

July 18, 2009

Freddy Garcia update

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ July 18, 2009 12:21 am
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Scot Gregor:

“Freddy continues to throw,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “He’s got to take stuff very easy. We want when Freddy gets in our eyes, to impress us. We’re going to take our time with him.”

Carlos Quentin and Bartolo Colon updates also at the link.

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