The big decision for the White Sox will be whether to call up Tyler Flowers, who has hit .292/.354/.444 in 72 at-bats since a promotion to Triple-A. Before that, he was at .305/.449/.556 in 243 at-bats in Double-A. He would have been more useful before the Alex Rios pickup provided another right-handed hitter. As is, the White Sox can already sit Jim Thome when they want to and they’re probably not going to trust Flowers to step in behind the plate just yet. It seems the only way he’d have any fantasy value is if Thome required a DL stint. . Freddy Garcia won’t have to wait until September for his callup, but when he’s installed as the fifth starter on Tuesday, he’ll be a weak option in AL-only leagues. . Josh Fields will be brought back for what may be his last stint in a White Sox uniform. Also, Jhonny Nunez, Carlos Torres and Wes Whisler could join the pen. Whisler is the only lefty among the 26 pitchers in Double- and Triple-A for the White Sox.
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August 4, 2009
“We have D.J. [Carrasco] a possibility again, but we could go with the kid Torres again or go with Wes Whistler. Those are the names. … Freddy won’t be ready for that. Freddy probably needs at least three more [starts] for us to start saying, ‘OK, let’s see where he is right now.’ He’s still getting his feet and legs underneath him. Freddy is up to five innings, 60 pitches, and his velocity was 87-88 mph average. We know that Freddy is hard balls and smarts, and we know his curveball, slider, changeup will be there, because they’re always there, he can throw them on Christmas morning. It’s a little more game stuff for him, making sure legs are under him and arm is strong. He’s further along than where Jake is, but Jake didn’t have an arm injury, Freddy did. Getting to Jake, he’s going to have a side day [Wednesday] in San Diego and take two days off. Then he’ll do something with us on Saturday.”