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July 16, 2009

Carlos Quentin back to Charlotte

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ July 16, 2009 1:58 pm
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WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham, NC:

After playing at Single-A Kannapolis during the Triple-A All-Star break, outfielder Carlos Quentin has been reassigned to Triple-A Charlotte, where he will play left field Thursday night. Quentin could return to the Chicago White Sox soon if he plays well and has no setbacks the next couple of days.

Bartolo Colon’s next start is scheduled for Sunday, also with Charlotte.

July 14, 2009

Carlos Quentin goes 6 and a half

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 14, 2009 9:08 pm
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0-1 for 2 BB for Quentin tonight. He was replaced in the bottom of the 7th. Bartolo Colon struck out 8, 6 on called third strikes, while walking 1:

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Colon, B (L, 0-1) 7.0 7 2 2 1 8 0 2.57

FutureSox twits Colon’s pitching speeds: 88-92 FB, 85-87 Cut FB, 80 CH, 84 SL?

July 12, 2009

Aaron Poreda won’t be inserted in the starting rotation

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 12, 2009 12:28 pm
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Poreda will stay in the bullpen:

And then there’s Poreda, the hard-throwing left-hander who was the team’s top pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. He has become an instant bullpen presence with a 0.90 ERA over eight games, but don’t look for him to be stepping back into the role he held so well to the tune of a 2.38 ERA over 11 starts at Double-A Birmingham at the outset of the 2009 campaign.

“Poreda is a reliever right now, and it’s unfair to him for me to start him,” said White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper. “He’s long since been stretched out. He’s getting over the hump and showing he’s a quality left-handed reliever. We don’t want to pull the plug on that.”

July 11, 2009

Quentin to join Colon at the Kannapolis Intimidators

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ July 11, 2009 6:48 pm
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WSAV:

The Savannah Sand Gnats will face not one, but two Major League stars when they play the Kannapolis Intimidators in a series beginning this Monday, July 13, at Historic Grayson Stadium.  The Intimidators’ lineup during the series will feature Chicago White Sox All-Star Carlos Quentin, who was a leading candidate for Most Valuable Player Award last season.  The starting pitcher for Tuesday’s game will be 2005 American League Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon. …

After Kannapolis it’s back at Charlotte for Colon.

Bartolo Colon update and starting rotation update

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ July 11, 2009 11:32 am
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whitesox.com:

After the minor uproar involving the entertaining ‘Where’s Bartolo’ saga from the past week, Bartolo Colon took the mound Thursday night for Charlotte and threw the ball fairly well, according to Guillen. “The control was outstanding, his velocity was not there and threw more breaking balls,” said Guillen of Colon, who gave up one run on two hits over five innings during the Knights’ 7-1 victory over Norfolk. “That’s it. You know the way Colon is. He’s like, ‘OK, let me go out and do it.’ It was nothing impressive, but it was good.” With Colon still a few starts away, though, Clayton Richard will remain in the White Sox rotation at the start of the second half. It looks as if Mark Buehrle will start the second half for the White Sox at home against Baltimore next Friday, followed by John Danks, either Floyd or Jose Contreras and then Richard. This alignment leaves three southpaws in line for the lefty-heavy Tampa Bay lineup and sets up Contreras for Detroit.

July 10, 2009

Ozzie Guillen’s Bartolo Colon report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ July 10, 2009 8:22 pm
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What are you hearing from your spy Ozzie?

“The control was outstanding, his velocity was not there and he threw more breaking balls,” said Guillen of Colon, who gave up one run on two hits over five innings during the Knights’ 7-1 victory over Norfolk “That’s it. You know the way Colon is. He’s like, ‘OK, let me go out and do it.’ It was nothing impressive, but it was good.”

Guillen’s initial report on Colon, who walked two, struck out one and threw 40 of his 65 pitches for strikes, came from his son Oney, an employee of the White Sox organization currently located in Charlotte. Oney added that Colon threw some breaking balls on 3-2 pitches, a mixture of fastballs and off-speed offerings the White Sox wanted to see from the burly right-hander before Colon even was considered for a return to the Majors. …

From what Oney says, Freddy is training in Charlotte.

Ozzie stays with Clayton

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 10, 2009 6:17 pm
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Mark Gonzales:

Guillen said the Sox have studied videotape of Richard, “but we don’t have any better choice,” Guillen said. “We have to wait to see how Colon is doing, and see what happens. Right now, I’m supporting him (Richard).”

what about Freddy Garcia, Ozzie?

“He hasn’t turned the corner,” said Guillen, who talked to Garcia recently but said Garcia is “throwing well.”

Scouting Bartolo Colon’s minor league start (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ July 10, 2009 3:31 pm
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A major league source observed Colon’s start with the Charlotte Knights yesterday and compared it favorably to his April 23 start against the Baltimore Orioles:

“He definitely threw more breaking pitches and change-ups. You could notice he was throwing more sliders and wasn’t afraid to throw them to left-handers as well as right-handers. He was throwing in the 88-to-90 (mph) range. It looked like when he wanted to throw harder, he did. He was throwing more four-seam fastballs. I could tell because he was trying to raise the hitters’ eye level.”

UPDATE: Colon’s next start will be Tuesday for Class-A Kannapolis against Savannah.

BlackJack on Clayton Richard

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 10, 2009 2:39 pm
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Jack McDowell:

Manager Ozzie Guillen calmly states that the White Sox have “no other choice” but to stick with Clayton Richard in the rotation. But in the same breath, Richard’s struggles even prompted the young lefthander to almost beg out of the rotation! …

July 9, 2009

Ozzie Guillen doesn’t know what to do with Clayton Richard (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 9, 2009 7:47 pm
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Mark Gonzales:

“I don’t know,” manager Ozzie Guillen said on whether the Sox could remain patient with Richard, who lasted one-plus inning and has failed to pitch at least six innings in seven of his past eight starts. “We don’t have any other choice right now.”

Colon updates also at the link.

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Colon arrives in Charlotte

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ July 9, 2009 3:10 pm
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per Scott Merkin. He was eating tacos in the Dominican and not L.A.

July 8, 2009

Bartolo Colon to pitch for the Winston-Salem Dash next year

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 8, 2009 11:35 pm
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Winston-Salem Journal:

Ed Collari, a spokesman for the Winston-Salem Dash, a Class A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, said that the team’s front office could not work out the logistics at the Wake Forest Baseball Park to offer all-you-can-eat ticket deals this season. However, the team plans to offer an all-you-can eat deal next season when the Dash opens its new downtown ballpark off Peters Creek Parkway. Tickets for the 1,000 seats available in the all-you-can-eat section behind home plate will be $17 each. Regular-price tickets will be $11.

Colon located

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 8, 2009 7:39 pm
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MLB.com:

the 5-foot-11, 245-pound right-hander has been located. Colon was scheduled to arrive in Charlotte on Wednesday night, traveling from his native Dominican Republic, and then pitch for the Knights on Thursday against Norfolk. Thursday’s start represents the first step of an on-field injury rehab plan explained by general manager Ken Williams on Tuesday evening. … Guillen presented an interesting reason as to why Colon might have gone incommunicado.

“I worry about Colon because Colon was a big-time Michael Jackson fan,” Guillen said. “He maybe was in LA at his funeral, because I can’t find him. Nobody knows how big of a Michael Jackson fan Colon was. I’m serious. He might be depressed a little bit. “To talk to Colon, you’ve got to talk to 20 different people. You got to talk to 30 different cousins, and then to his agent, who talks to his brother, his brother call his wife, his wife say he’s with Pedro, Pedro say he’s with Juan,” said Guillen, having a little fun with the subject. “I guarantee you I’ll call [President Barack] Obama, and we’ll have a talk before Colon answers the phone. Obama will put me on hold for one second. “It’s just the way he is,” Guillen said. “I remember when we signed him. We called the Dominican Republic, and it took three days to get in touch with him.”

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July 6, 2009

Ozzie Guillen on Freddy Garcia (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 6, 2009 2:53 pm
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Ozzie Guillen:

I haven’t had a chance to speak with Freddy lately, but my three kids are constantly keeping me up to date on his rehabilitation. If Freddy is able to regain the strength in his shoulder, then anything is possible. Right now Freddy is with Bartolo Colon in Glendale, Arizona working hard to see if he can come back and help us in the second half. Me, more than anyone, would love to be able to count on Freddy in the second half.

Speaking of Freddy “The Chief” Garcia, did you know his .656 Win-Loss % is the the 2nd highest in White Sox history? Baseball-Reference says so (500 IP or 50 decisions required).

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July 5, 2009

Ozzie Guillen on Bartolo Colon

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 5, 2009 2:41 pm
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Ozzie expected Colon to be pitching in a rehab assignmenent by now. Maybe he’s not in the team’s 2nd half plans anymore:

Who can help us the most?” Guillen said of the main factor in determining what happens when Colon is ready. “But in the meanwhile, Colon has to throw more breaking balls and see if he could go back-to-back (starts). Then we will make that decision. Where he’s going to fit? We’ll figure out how we’re going to do it.’’

and Ozzie on Quentin’s rehab:

“But he’s making progress, a lot of progress,” Guillen said. “I just worry about how he’s running. He said he felt a little uncomfortable turning the bases, but this is the beginning of the rehab, and I think everyone sounded optimistic about where he is right now.’’

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