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White Sox get Petricka back, send Guerra to disabled list


White Sox get Petricka back, send Guerra to disabled list

While Carlos Rodon’s promotion received most of the attention on Monday, Jake Petricka’s return to the White Sox bullpen might have a greater immediate impact.

The 26-year-old right-hander was reinstated from the disabled list Monday after missing the first two weeks of the season due to a right forearm strain. Petricka appeared in two games with Triple-A Charlotte, throwing a pair of scoreless innings on his minor league rehab assignment.

“Getting Jake back is big,” manager Robin Ventura said. “You were counting on him being a big part of the middle of the bullpen. So you get a guy back that you kind of figure what he would be doing, it just makes sense of how they all work together. It’s more of a complete bullpen when he’s here with us.”

While Petricka led rookies with 14 saves last year, he’ll slot into a middle relief role thanks to the presence of $46 million closer David Robertson. Over 73 innings in 2014, Petricka posted a 2.96 ERA with the sixth-highest ground ball rate (63.4 percent) among major league relievers.

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Right-hander Javy Guerra was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, retroactive to April 13. He said he felt a tweak during his first appearance April 8 in Kansas City and last appeared in a game April 12, though he did warm up over the weekend without coming into a game against Detroit.

“Just a little bit of soreness in the shoulder, nothing too crazy, probably a little bit of biceps tendinitis,” Guerra said. “First outing in Kansas City, I felt a little bit of a tweak, nothing too bad, just a little inflammation, and then just kind of fighting it left and right, and we thought this might be the best move for everything going forward.”

The White Sox also designated right-hander Kyle Drabek for assignment on Monday.

Ryan Goins, AJ Reed-fueled White Sox rally falls short as losing streak rolls on

Ryan Goins, AJ Reed-fueled White Sox rally falls short as losing streak rolls on

The White Sox came into Wednesday’s matchup with the Kansas City Royals looking to grab that oh so elusive first win in the second half of the season. After yet another disheartening loss, it is safe the team needs a spark to get them back on track. Ozzie Guillen shared a similar concern on White Sox Postgame Live, suggesting that something needs to be done to get the White Sox back on track. 

Kansas City struck first on Wednesday--as they did in the two previous games this series--scoring 2 runs in the 1st.

White Sox starter Ivan Nova struggled mightily with his control in this one. Nova’s final line was: 6 H, 5 BB, 6 ER in 4.2 innings pitched. The White Sox bullpen put out a decent effort--a combination of Jace Fry, Alex Colome, and Kelvin Herrera--pitched 3.1 innings, giving up 6 hits and one run. But by the time Fry entered in relief of Nova in the bottom of the 5th, the Sox were down 5-0 and Fry himself gave up the lone relief run on a Nicky Lopez single to make the score 6-0 Royals heading into the sixth.

The White Sox mounted an impressive last-ditch comeback effort led by pinch-hitter AJ Reed and new Sox shortstop Ryan Goins but alas it was too little, too late. Goins led off the scoring for the White Sox with a two-run homer in the top of the 6th for his first hit as a member of the White Sox. 

It was a heck of a first game for Goins, who joined the White Sox from the Triple-A Charlotte 

(Knights) on Wednesday. He went 2-for-3 at the plate, helping contribute to Chicago’s 10 hits on the evening. After Goins' two-run blast, the Chicago offense went quiet until the very end. 

In the 9th inning, Welington Castillo struck out swinging with Jon Jay and Jose Abreu already on-base. With Ryan Cordell up to bat next, White Sox manager Rick Renteria chose to pinch-hit for Cordell with another new member of the Sox, 26-year old AJ Reed.

The hope is that Reed will bring some solid production to the DH spot for the struggling Sox and he took a big step in the right direction on Wednesday night.

Reed’s massive 436-foot homer was a three-run blast that cut the deficit down to two runs and also created a neat piece of history in the process.


Despite the fact that Goins and Reed both hit their first home runs as members of the White Sox, Chicago came up short as the rally stopped at Reed’s three-run homer. Following Reed’s at-bat, the Royals brought in Ian Kennedy to face Yolmer Sánchez. Kennedy notched the save for the Royals after getting Sánchez to line out on six pitches, sealing the White Sox season-high six-straight loss. 

Fortunately for the White Sox, they will have the chance to get some payback right away, with their series with Kansas City coming to a close on Thursday at 12:15 p.m. CST. 

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Why Harold Baines belongs in the Hall of Fame


White Sox Talk Podcast: Why Harold Baines belongs in the Hall of Fame

: With Harold Baines being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Chuck Garfien sits down with White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and Baines former teammate Ron Kittle who explain why Baines is a worthy Hall of Famer. But first, Chuck speaks with Ryan McGuffey and Chris Kamka about the controversy surrounding his induction (1:30) and what made Baines such a special player and deserving of Cooperstown (5:00).  Then, Kittle talks about why he'd "take a bullet" for Baines (13:00), his message to critics who believe Baines shouldn't be in the Hall (17:20) and more. Reinsdorf explains why the committee he was apart of voted Baines into the Hall of Fame (22:00), how tough it was to trade Baines to Texas for Sammy Sosa (24:30), the story behind retiring Baines number a month after trading him (26:10) and more.

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