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Ballantini: Peavy update; Floyd's worst pitch

Ballantini: Peavy update; Floyd's worst pitch

Monday, April 11, 2011
Posted: 6:36 p.m.

By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

When MLB officials called the Chicago White Sox on Monday afternoon, they had a serious question: Why was Gordon Beckham throwing a bullpen session?

The White Sox had a simple answer for their second baseman turning hurler, as evidenced on MLBs ballpark cam: It wasnt Bacon sizzling through a 30-pitch side session, it was rehabbing hurler Jake Peavy.

Peavy was in Chicago to throw his side session on Mondaybut his luggage never made it out of Montgomery, Ala.

Yeah, Ive got Edwins Jackson glove, Beckhams jersey, a new hatthe only thing thats my own are the spikes, Peavy said with a smile.

Also grin-inducing was Peavys session, held in front of pitching coach Don Cooper. Peavy threw 32 pitches (33, he shorted me one, said the fireballer) and felt great throughout the workout.

Everything feels normalI really feel normal, Peavy said. It was a normal bullpen day on Day 3.

Peavy will pitch on Wednesday night at AAA Charlotte, aiming for five innings andor 80 pitches. He anticipates making his nextand possibly lastrehabilitation start for AA Birmingham. Hes no longer feeling pressureself-induced or otherwiseto rush back and rescue the club.

I just have to make sure when I get back here, Im just a normal guy and can throw six-seven-eight innings with 100-plus pitches, Peavy said. At that point, GM Kenny Williams and pitching coach Don Cooper and those guys will make that decision.

Im happy because hes ahead of schedule, but havent seen him throw, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. In the conversation we had, he was very positive. Every report we have is pretty good. Were just waiting for him.

Not hurting that relaxed attitude was fifth starter Phil Humbers terrific start in Saturdays win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Phil threw the ball outstanding, Peavy said.I watched a lot of that game and was very happy. When the guy who replaces you goes out and does that, its very encouraging and makes what Im going through easier, knowing that the guy in your spot is picking up the slack. Im very proud of Phil.

For Peavy, the key question is how he is rebounding after his rehab startshe had told reporters throughout spring training he felt fine after starts, but was secretly battling the shoulder tendinitis that eventually sidelined him. So far, so good.

I can tell you guys I really do feel almost completely normalthere is nothing but general soreness, Peavy said. There is no pain, no discomfort areas that shouldnt be uncomfortable. I feel the lat has began that healing process and has healed up enough to let me start, and I feel quite a bit better.

There are no regrets from Peavy for pushing hard to break camp with the White Sox, but hindsight is crystal-clear for him these days.

We tried to push the envelope in spring training and make the club but my body shut it down and obviously it spoke for itself, he said. But with a little time off and little bit slower of a climb, with some medication, it certainly responded. I just hope Im able to continue this during the season.

Freaky Floyd

Yesterdays brilliant start by Gavin Floyd was marred by just one momenthis throwing error in the sixth inning, which ruined the hurlers shutout.

With Sam Fuld on third and Johnny Damon on first, Floyd pulled the ol fake to third, throw to first trickand it worked!

Um, yeah, we did probably a million of those drills, Floyd said.

Damon, dead to rights, broke to secondand Floyd threw the ball into center field, allowing Fuld to score.

I dont know what happened there, Floyd smiled, with some embarrassment. I dont know if it was yips, but sometimes youre like, Oh, its a simple throw, and then, Ohmaybe not.

Floyd was plainly proud of his effort on Sunday, with his 79 game score making it significantly his best effort ever in Aprilhis cruelest month.

The worst pitch I made was to second base, he laughed. I guess thats not the worst thing.

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White Sox prospect Micker Adolfo sidelined with elbow injuries

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White Sox prospect Micker Adolfo sidelined with elbow injuries

PHOENIX, Ariz. — One of the White Sox prized prospects will be on the shelf for a little while.

Outfielder Micker Adolfo has a sprained UCL in his right elbow and a strained flexor tendon that could require surgery. He could avoid surgery, though he could be sidelined for at least six weeks.

Though he hasn’t received the same high rankings and media attention as fellow outfield prospects Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert, Adolfo is considered a part of the White Sox promising future. He’s said to have the best outfield arm in the White Sox system.

Adolfo had a breakout season in 2017, slashing .264/.331/.453 with 16 homers and 68 RBIs in 112 games with Class A Kannapolis.

Adolfo, along with Jimenez and Robert, has been generating buzz at White Sox camp in Glendale, with a crowd forming whenever the trio takes batting practice. Earlier this week, the three described their conversation dreaming about playing together in the same outfield for a contending White Sox team in the future.

As Cactus League play begins, how many spots are actually up for grabs on the White Sox roster?

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As Cactus League play begins, how many spots are actually up for grabs on the White Sox roster?

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Some teams have it easy, with their 25-man rosters seemingly locked into place before spring training games even start.

The White Sox actually have a lot more locked-down spots than you might think for a rebuilding team, but this spring remains pretty important for a few guys.

The starting rotation figures to be set, with James Shields, Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, Miguel Gonzalez and Carson Fulmer the starting five. Carlos Rodon, of course, owns one of those spots once he returns from injury. But the date of that return remains a mystery.

From this observer’s viewpoint, eight of the everyday nine position players seem to be figured out, too: Welington Castillo behind the plate, Jose Abreu at first base, Yoan Moncada at second base, Tim Anderson at shortstop, Yolmer Sanchez at third base, Nicky Delmonico in left field, Avisail Garcia in right field and Matt Davidson as the designated hitter. More on the omission of a starting center fielder in a bit.

Omar Narvaez would be a logical pick to back up Castillo at catcher, and Tyler Saladino is really the lone reserve infielder with big league experience, not to mention he’s a versatile player that can play anywhere on the infield.

Leury Garcia also figures to be a lock for this 25-man roster. But will he be the everyday center fielder, as he was for a spell last season? He played 51 games in center in 2017 but battled injuries throughout the year. I think Leury Garcia will end up the starting center fielder when the season begins because of his bat. His .270/.316/.423 slash line isn’t going to make anyone do cartwheels, but it’s better than the offensive struggles of Adam Engel, who started 91 games in center in 2017 and slashed .166/.235/.282. Engel would still be a solid inclusion on the bench because of his superb defense, but to create that big a hole in the everyday lineup is tough.

How could that position-player group change? Keep your eyes in center field, where there are a couple other guys who could force their way into a roster spot this spring: Charlie Tilson and Ryan Cordell. Tilson has had a tremendous amount of trouble staying on the field since coming over to the White Sox in a 2016 deadline deal, but that hasn’t dampened the White Sox hopes for him. And Cordell got name-dropped by general manager Rick Hahn during SoxFest, when the GM said he’s received multiple calls about Cordell since acquiring him last summer. Cordell put up good numbers at the Triple-A level prior to a significant injury last year.

But the main battles figure to be in the bullpen. At times this winter, as the White Sox kept adding players to that relief corps mix, that the whole thing seemed wide open. But when you think about it, maybe there are only one or two open spots.

You’d have to think these guys are pretty safe bets to make the team: Juan Minaya, Gregory Infante, Nate Jones, Joakim Soria and Luis Avilan. Though Hector Santiago was just recently acquired on a minor league deal, he’s really the only long man of the group, and he could sub in if there’s an injury to a starting pitcher. That leaves two spots between the group of Aaron Bummer, Danny Farquhar, Jace Fry, Jose Ruiz and Thyago Vieira — not to mention guys signed to minor league deals like Xavier Cedeno, Jeanmar Gomez and Bruce Rondon.

Bummer had a 4.50 ERA in 30 big league games last year. Farquhar had a 4.40 ERA in 15 games. Vieira has gotten attention as a flame-thrower, but he’s got just one big league game under his belt, something that might or might not matter to the rebuilding White Sox. Guys like Gomez, who has 40 career saves including 37 just two years ago, and Rondon, who had multiple shots at the Detroit Tigers’ closing job in the past, could vault themselves into the mix as potential midseason trade candidates.

Then there's the question of which of those guys will be Rick Renteria's closer. Minaya had closing duties after most of the bullpen was traded away last summer. He picked up nine saves and posted a 4.11 ERA in his final 17 appearances of the campaign. Look to Soria, though, a veteran with plenty of closing experience from his days with the Kansas City Royals. If he's given the opportunity to close and succeeds, he could fetch an intriguing return package in a potential deadline deal.

But now it's game time in Arizona.

“The fun part of playing the game of baseball is playing the game of baseball," Renteria said earlier this week. "We prepare. I think they all enjoy what they’re doing in terms of their preparation. They take it seriously, they focus. But ultimately like everything that we do in life, I guess it’s a test. And the games are a test for us on a daily basis. And how we are able to evaluate them and take advantage of the opportunities that we have to see them in a real game situation is certainly helpful for us.”