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Long road to recovery for Jake Petricka, who rejoins White Sox

Long road to recovery for Jake Petricka, who rejoins White Sox

CLEVELAND -- Jake Petricka is satisfied to be back in the majors after clearing several large hurdles in the past 18 months.

The White Sox reliever was activated off the 10-day disabled list on Friday, returning to the club nearly two months after he suffered a strained lat muscle. That injury occurred only one game into a return from the 2016 campaign when Petricka was sidelined by a hip impingement that led to season-ending surgery. After making three rehab appearances at Triple-A Charlotte and throwing a handful more times off the mound in Arizona, Petricka is ready to be a part of the major league team once again.

“Very challenging on the mental side and obviously the physical side,” Petricka said. “The hip one was a ticking time bomb from my days playing hockey. The lat, that was one they kind of say it was like a hamstring. You run to first 400 times and the 401st you get a little pull. It made it tough, but we made it through so just another learning experience.”

“That’s the biggest thing, back to a normal routine. I feel like I’ve been rehabbing for a year and a half. It’s not what we are paid to do so I want to get back out there and play.”

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Petricka posted a 3.24 ERA in 129 games between the 2014 and 2015 seasons. He saved 14 games in 2014 and held a trusted role in the White Sox bullpen.

Since then Petricka has only appeared in 10 games, including nine in 2016. The right-hander said his hip injury was hockey-related and ultimately it required surgery. But Petricka feels as if he’s cleared all the hurdles and wants to get going again.

“I feel as good as ever, as strong as we can be,” Petricka said. “Now we are here for the long haul.”

“(The rehab) was a lot of me pushing and them saying don’t be dumb. I think we did it right and we are good to go.”

Tim Anderson wants South Side to 'stay prepared' for return of White Sox baseball

Tim Anderson wants South Side to 'stay prepared' for return of White Sox baseball

Baseball will be back at some point.

And when it returns, Tim Anderson wants the South Side to be ready.

“Stay prepared,” the White Sox shortstop said during a Friday conference call. “When the time comes we’re going to need the same energy. And I know they’re going to be hungry to cheer us on. We’re going to be hungry to play. We need both energies to match when we step between the lines.

“I know they’re excited, we’re excited too. It’s going to be great when we do start back up, the fans are going to be really excited and the energy is going to be crazy. I can’t wait to see what happens.”

Fans across the country are waiting for their favorite teams to return to action as Major League Baseball joins the rest of the world in pausing in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. White Sox fans are perhaps a bit more impatient than others as they continue to wait for the start of the most anticipated season of South Side baseball in years. This was supposed to be the White Sox emergence from years of losing, a vault from rebuilding mode into contending mode.

Instead, the moment requires even more patience from a fan base that’s already been waiting more than a decade to see their team return to the postseason.

The players are sitting through the same wait. As excited as fans are to see the White Sox turn a corner and play winning baseball, the team is just as excited, if not more. Manager Rick Renteria was talking playoff expectations as early as the end of the 89-loss 2019 campaign. Positive momentum and big expectations were the talk of spring training.

And now Anderson and his teammates, just like South Side fans, have to wait to do what they were so excited to begin.

Not that this delay to the start of the 2020 season has changed those expectations one bit.

“I think we stay positive,” Anderson said. “I think it's just more time to prepare, more time to think about it. And when it's time to get back rolling, that way we're ahead of people already and we know exactly what we need to do.

“It's going to happen regardless. Whatever's going to happen is going to happen anyway.”

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Remembering White Sox great Ed Farmer

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Remembering White Sox great Ed Farmer

On yesterday, White Sox nation lost a legend in the passing of broadcaster and former player Ed Farmer. Host Chuck Garfien and NBCS Chicago White Sox insider Adam Hoge discuss memories of Ed Farmer and react to comments made by Ed's broadcast partner Darrin Jackson, and former White Sox players Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski.

(2:00) - Ed Farmer was one of a kind

(7:09) - Darrin Jackson remembers his friend Ed Farmer

(11:50) - Ed Farmer bled White Sox

(17:40) - Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski discuss what Ed Farmer meant to them

(22:14) - The time Ed Farmer got into a brawl as a White Sox

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast

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