Merkin @ CWS:
After meeting with a doctor and White Sox management on Tuesday, Jake Peavy says he will need a stint on the 15-day disabled list to heal his injured groin.
The White Sox hoped it wouldn’t require a trip to the DL, but results from Monday’s MRI plus lingering soreness during an exam on Tuesday have the team thinking more cautiously with Peavy, who had offseason shoulder surgery that caused him to miss the first 37 games.
Aside from the MRI, Peavy went through treatments on Monday until 30 minutes after the club’s 3-1 win against the Mariners.
“I can tell you I feel a lot better, but I just saw the doctor and think we have to go on the conservative route,” Peavy said. “Obviously, I wanted to push through it and do what we needed to do, but I think we’re looking at the disabled list just because of the MRI results and how sore my exam was with the doctor. [It's] disappointing, no doubt. I was feeling good and beginning to climb with my arm.”
CSN has the video (4:40).
Push through it? What could possibly go wrong?
Other White Sox links: J.J. recalls the best day in Brian Anderson’s baseball career, Brett Ballantini continues his series on the 1977 South Side Hitmen with a look back through the eyes of Roland Hemond and Ozzie Guillen gets fined by the NHL.
So, this is really happening, huh? Brian Anderson is headed to Idaho Falls to begin his new life as a relief pitcher for the Chukars. And sometimes I trick myself into thinking there’s nothing left to write about the Royals.
Anderson is making a really poor decision, and the Royals are rather bogglingly allowing him to do so with some degree of sanction. Three months ago, the Royals saw in Anderson someone who might be one of their outfielders, perhaps even their starting center fielder. Now, they’re going to play a part in a likely career suicide. Trust the process. …
In other ex-Sox players news, knuckleballer Charlie Haeger
UPDATE: And Gio Gonzales earned the 5th spot in the A’s rotation.
The White Sox informed the agent for D.J. Carrasco that they will not tender him a contract by Saturday’s 11 p.m., thus making him a free agent.
… The two sides were several hundred thousand dollars apart after a meeting Wednesday in Indianapolis, and talks Saturday didn’t advance any further. Carrasco earned $440,000 last season, and this was his first winter as an arbitration eligible player.
Why Kenny? Why? Say DJ didn’t like the contract he was offered by the Sox and had gone to arbitration and earned $1 million. So, what? It would be money well spend…
BTW, MLBTR is keeping track of all the players that were tendered, and non-tendered a contract. Ex-Sox Brian Anderson, Mike McDougal, Lance Broadway, and Neal Cotts were non-tendered. Jack Cust too. Ex-Sox Boone Logan and Brandon McCarthy were tendered.
Mark Liptak: What does Kenny look at when he figures out what to do this off season?
Mark Gonzales: “As I figured it out the Sox have 10 players going to make 71.5 million next season and that includes Dayan Viciedo who I think will be with the team at some point next year. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if this off season Kenny moved some guys to give him more dollars to work with.”
“Kenny remember, and this is important, is a man of action, not reaction. It’ll be interesting to see how patient Kenny will be especially if the free agent market again tilts in favor of the buyer. I look for Kenny to aggressively improve the team through trades but he’ll also keep in mind some possible free agent bargains that could be out there.” …
A lot more at the link: Swisher, Walker, BA, Ozzie, Kenny, Vazquez, Betemit, Reinsdorf, Byddy Bell and much more.
BTW, I clicked Joe Cowley’s interview (4/12/09) and Cowley says that Reinsdorf’s son “doesn’t want to run the White Sox.” Interesting…
He showed good pitch recognition for all but one pitch (an unsuccessful check swing), not flinching at any too-low and too-away offerings. If there’s one thing not working for him, it could be that he’s a little pull-happy right now. He came through in the clutch with a single over the second baseman’s head, but he had to break his bat to do it. …
Jim also has video of Flowers, reports on Brent Lillibridge , Matt Zaleski, Brian Anderson, Stefan Gartrell, Derek Rodriguez, and a Photo Gallery from the game.
While UZR/150 is the stat du jour for many when it comes to defensive stats, there are plenty of statistics available that offer us some insight on defensive performance. For this reason, I thought it would be a great exercise to look at as many defensive metrics — from the unpopular fielding % and RF/9 to the very popular fielding value and UZR/150 — and rank them by position for each league. The next step was to add those rankings up and come up with a cumulative ranking at each position. Over the next week or so, I will look at each position around the Majors and present how the players ranked out at each position and which metrics were used (and where I pulled the data from).
Here is the CF entry:
CF (Fielding %, RF/9, UZR/150, F2O%, ARM, RZR, OOZ, Fielding Value, +/-)
Cowley must have first-hand knowledge:
Basically, he’s the antithesis of a former highly touted Sox prospect, Brian Anderson, who would just as soon put the moves on a date’s mom than meet her. But Beckham, he’s from a different school. And the media and fans are eating it up.
Bruce Levine is reporting that Ken Williams is seeking a top-flight defensive outfielder for the pennant race and that one of those options is former Cubs phenom Felix Pie. Evidently the Sox have been scouting Pie for over six weeks and the Tribune’s Mark Gonzalez is further substantiating the rumor, indicating on Wednesday, that the White Sox, will try to trade recently demoted infielder Josh Fields for Pie. …
Kenny is seeking a top-flight defensive outfielder? LOL! Let’s trade for Brian Anderson!
Kenny Williams on Brian Anderson:
“To be honest, I’d like to still have him. But that’s secondary to me giving him my word. He’s had opportunities here and they haven’t gone as well as he would have liked. It didn’t go as well, obviously, as we would have liked. I asked him to go down (to Charlotte) with a good attitude and if the opportunity presented itself I’d give him an opportunity to go elsewhere.”
and Josh Fields:
“Josh and I have talked. And I spoke with Josh’s agent early this morning before any deal was made. I understand exactly how they feel right now.”
Fields could be out…
In his 89 plate appearances this year when he got off to a 1-0 count, Anderson batted .329 with a .472 on-base percentage and .457 slugging. … But in his 89 plate appearances this year when he got off to an 0-1 count, Anderson batted .129 with a .169 on-base percentage and .153 slugging. …
Lindsey relays a cool BA story too.
“I genuinely believe that if they are presented with the right opportunity, if they could get something fair, they will give me the opportunity to go play elsewhere. I had a very good talk with Kenny and got on the same page. A guy at my age, I told him, and not that I’ve turned heads by any means offensively, but I need to play every day and be an everyday big leaguer. I have more to offer. If it’s not with the White Sox, then maybe it really is time for a change.”
here are Kenny Williams’ comments: