White Sox

Don Cooper: White Sox need more from Mat Latos

matlatoswhitesoxneedmoreslide.png

Don Cooper: White Sox need more from Mat Latos

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The quality of Mat Latos’ work in camp has been fine. But the White Sox right-hander has some big objectives left to accomplish before the season starts.

Latos — scheduled to start next Thursday in Oakland — participated in a bullpen session on Wednesday morning. He’s also set for one last exhibition start on Friday in San Diego.

“His pitch total is certainly up, but he needs to be able to give us more innings,” pitching coach Don Cooper said. “He’s had difficulty with efficiency and difficulty going past four. That’s not the job description. So he needs to climb.”

[MORE: White Sox purchase Jimmy Rollins' contract, name him Opening Day starter]

Latos might not get the chance to do much ascending at Petco Park — “a lot of other guys need to pitch in that game,” Cooper said. Similar to Chris Sale on Tuesday, Latos may have to head to the bullpen for extra work on Friday. Sale threw 15 pitches in the bullpen after completing 5 1/3 innings on Tuesday.

Latos has only completed 8 2/3 innings in two starts this spring and has a 12.46 ERA. He threw 96 pitches in Sunday’s start, so pitch count isn’t an issue. Cooper has seen Latos make some progress in his work throughout the spring. He said he’s seen better fastball location, an improved slider and a changeup he has thrown for strikes. He also said Latos’ split-fingered fastball has become more of a put-away pitch.

[SHOP: Gear up, White Sox fans!]

But now he needs a consistent performance to build momentum.

“There’s more to put together,” Cooper said. “We’ve got to continue his climb with the efficiency of his pitches. There are some innings where he’s falling behind in the count. If you’ve just seen his game so far, efficiency and being efficient enough to get through more innings has not quite been there.

“We’ve got faith in him that it’s going to happen.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

cubs.jpg
USA TODAY

White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.  

Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.  

White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

10-14_daniel_webb_usat.jpg
USA TODAY

White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.

Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”

Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.

The White Sox released this statement:

Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.