Monday, March 28, 2011
Sorry to be quiet recently … actually, it isn’t that I haven’t been posting, it’s that my posts have been gobbled up as mlblogs has converted to a new “provider.” So, I’ve kept posting even though I am not sure if anyone has been able to read it. And talk about it happening at the worst possible time …
We should be able to announce final roster moves Wednesday after our exhibition game in Winston-Salem (weather permitting as we all cross our fingers). Of course, there is always the chance for a late spring trade or a terrible injury, a la Brian Simmons.
I will never forget seeing him go down with a torn Achilles tendon on the final game of the spring. Brian, a great guy, had made our club. I was on the way to the team shop on the main concourse in Tucson when he hit a ball to the wall. Rounding second base, he went down in a heap. Man, talk about feeling badly for someone. He was never the same player after that.
Two players were bothered today by small injuries. Alexei Ramirez was scratched with an aggravated lower back and is day-to-day (won’t play tomorrow, I am told), while Chris Sale woke up with a stiff neck and looked like Lerch walking around today.
Following tomorrow’s noon start at Kansas City, the White Sox will board their United charter for Winston-Salem and the game Wednesday. The team will work out on Thursday in Cleveland before strapping it on for real on Friday.
Friday’s forecast for Cleveland isn’t great … high of 35, 30 percent chance of rain/snow showers. Alexei weather.
For the season’s first two series:
AT CLEVELAND INDIANS
Friday: 2:05 p.m. CDT, CSN
LHP Mark Buehrle (13-13, 4.28) vs.
RHP Fausto Carmona (13-14, 3.77)
Saturday: 12:05 p.m. CDT, WGN
RHP Edwin Jackson (4-2, 3.24) vs.
RHP Carlos Carrasco (2-2, 3.83)
Sunday: 12:05 p.m. CDT, CSN
LHP John Danks (15-11, 3.72) vs.
RHP Justin Masterson (6-13, 4.70)
AT KANSAS CITY ROYALS
Tuesday: 7:10 p.m. CDT, CSN+
RHP Gavin Floyd (10-13, 4.08) vs.
LHP Bruce Chen (12-7, 4.17)
Wednesday: 1:10 p.m. CDT, CSN
Undecided vs. Jeff Francis (4-6, 5.00)
After striking out five batters all spring, Mark Buehrle fanned seven yesterday in the team’s 2-1 victory over Milwaukee. Five Sox hurlers combined for 15 on the day.
Buehrle described feeling “scary good” and hoped to bottle this up and save it for Opening Day.
The lefty joked that he had set a goal for 200 strikeouts this season.
“I lead the league in 0-2 counts,” he offered. “I just need to find an ‘out pitch.'”
Edwin Jackson, Chicago’s starter in game two of the season against the Indians, allowed three hits, three runs (two earned) and struck out six in 7.0 IP of work against the Royals Class AAA club on Sunday in his final tune-up before his start Saturday.
With a final spring training attendance total of 91, 749, the fifth-highest total in Sox history. Thanks to all of those fans who travelled to Glendale or who live in the Valley and made their way to a Sox game this spring.
MLB released info on the top-selling jerseys from 2010, and your White Sox rank third in the American League (seventh overall). What is impressive is that we ranked that high without a single player in MLB’s Top 20. That speaks to how diverse and popular all of our players are …