Bad news for the Royals: Joakim Soria, who's saved 143 games in the last four years, has damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his right (throwing) elbow. While no decision has been made as to what's next for the 27-year-old two-time All-Star, all signs point to Tommy John surgery. Which would mean Soria would miss at least the next 12 months.
This isn't as big a blow to Kansas City's chances of competing for a playoff spot this year as it may seem, as the Royals have a good stable of good arms who could take over the ninth inning. Jonathan Broxton, who was an elite reliever with the Dodgers only a few years ago, would be the most likely replacement closer, but Greg Holland or Louis Coleman could warrant a look as well.
Soria has held White Sox hitters to a .516 OPS over 33 career games, allowing just one home run to the 139 batters he's faced. That homer came on Aug. 22, 2007, when Josh Fields hit a three-run clout in the ninth inning off Soria -- unfortunately, though, the Sox had a four-run deficit and didn't come back to win.
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.
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.