Nestor Molina had an MRI done on his right (throwing) elbow and has been placed on the disabled list, a spokesman with Double-A Birmingham confirmed. While the injury was not known by the team as they departed for a road trip Tuesday, multiple Spanish-language reports say Molina has elbow tendinitis, which could cost him a good portion or the rest of the 2012 season, depending on the severity of the injury.
The White Sox acquired Molina from Toronto last winter for closer Sergio Santos, who was recently transferred to the 60-day disabled list and hasn't pitched since April 22 due to a shoulder issue.
Rated across the board in the preseason as the second-best prospect in the White Sox farm system behind Addison Reed, Molina has struggled to find the form he showed in the Blue Jays organization. In 84 innings with Double-A Birmingham, Molina has a 4.61 ERA with 19 walks and 59 strikeouts, and he allowed six runs in four innings in his lone start with Triple-A Charlotte.
The 23-year-old Molina was outstanding in 2011, compiling a 2.21 ERA with only 16 walks and 148 strikeouts in 130 13 innings, most of which were spent with high Single-A Dunedin in Toronto's farm system.
It might be a long shot for the White Sox to sign free agent Manny Machado, but here on the White Sox Talk Podcast, we like dark horses. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber discuss what it would take to bring Machado to the South Side. Plus, is he "the" guy the White Sox are targeting this offseason? Will the Rockies listen to trade offers for Nolan Arenado a year before he reaches free agency? Plus, Chuck talks about a cost-controlled, All-Star on a rebuilding team that could be an answer at third base.
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Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.
The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:
— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.
— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.
— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).
— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.
— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)
— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).
Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.