Bell excited for added workload with promotion to VPassistant GM

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Bell excited for added workload with promotion to VPassistant GM

Buddy Bells task load increased heavily on Friday with his promotion, but he doesnt foresee any problems.

The former player, manager and White Sox vice president of player development takes over as assistant general manager. Not only is Bell, who played 18 seasons in the majors and is in his 10th season with the franchise, in charge of player development, but he also is expected to assists with the major league roster and staffing decisions. Bell, 61, said hes also excited to continue his roll in amateur scouting and handling special assignments.

Player development is really a passion of mine, Bell said. Amateur scouting and special assignment are still going to be there. Theyre still going to take a lot of my time, which I like. I like being busy, so this particular title gives me a chance to do a lot of different things.

The biggest change for Bell will be his involvement with staffing and the major league roster. He knows the change will result in more time spent in Chicago as well as working with Rick Hahn, who was promoted from assistant GM to general manager last Friday.

Bell -- who managed for nine seasons with Detroit (1996-98), Colorado (2000-02) and Kansas City (2005-07) -- has worked closely with Hahn the past few seasons and said the two enjoy a good relationship.

There hasnt been any issues, Bell said. One of the great things about Rick is obviously hes very intelligent. Hes a great listener and that obviously helps when youre talking across the table from somebody and talking ideas. Ive had a great relationship from the very beginning. Obviously it changed a little bit because last season I got more involved at the major league end and Rick got more involved on the minor league end. Our front office is fairly inclusive anyway. It kind of makes it easy for relationship because everyone is fairly involved.

Bell returned to the White Sox in 2008 as the director of minor-league instruction, a post he held from 1991-93. He was elevated to director of player development in 2009 and held that position until he was promoted to vice president of player development last season.

A five-time All-Star who played for Cleveland, Texas, Cincinnati and Houston, Bell said hes excited he would retain his minor-league and scouting duties though he never thought hed find himself in this situation.

Ive loved that, Bell said. If youd have asked me 20 years ago if I would have enjoyed amateur scouting, we would went to something different else real quick. I really like doing that along with player development. Player development is really a passion of mine.

Todd Frazier's late RBI single lifts White Sox past Blue Jays

Todd Frazier's late RBI single lifts White Sox past Blue Jays

The White Sox haven’t had much success with runners in scoring position of late. Todd Frazier hasn’t had much all season long.

But Frazier’s two-out RBI single in the eighth inning Friday night broke a tie and the White Sox held on for a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in front of 27,196 at U.S. Cellular Field. The victory was the fourth in five games for the White Sox, who improved to 37-37. Frazier’s hit was the only one with a runner in scoring position in 14 tries for a team that entered the game hitting .245 in those situations. He finished 2-for-4.

Though Frazier has provided the White Sox with plenty of thump, he’s had a trying season with runners in scoring position. He entered his eighth-inning at-bat with Jesse Chavez just 9-for-61 with two home runs and 23 RBIs with runners in scoring position, including a third-inning ground out. But Frazier got a 1-1 fastball from Chavez and ripped it into left field to put the White Sox ahead and end a frustrating night for the offense, particularly the bottom of the order.

The White Sox had left a man in scoring position in all but one inning up until that point. They tied the game at 1 in the fourth inning on an RBI groundout by Avisail Garcia and pulled ahead in the fifth on a solo homer by Melky Cabrera, who went 3-for-4 against his former team.

Prior to Frazier’s single, Cabrera grounded out to first as Edwin Encarnacion made a spectacular stop and fell down in foul territory. Tim Anderson, who doubled and went to third on a fly ball, didn’t advance on the play. But Frazier made it all moot.

Carlos Rodon had another strong outing, though he surrendered the lead right before he exited.

Rodon struck out eight and tamed a red hot offense for 5 2/3 innings. The left-hander fell behind 1-0 in the second inning and looked as if he may be in trouble before escaping the jam with a strikeout of Junior Lake to strand two. That began a stretch in which Rodon retired 11 of 14 batters and allowed the White Sox to rally for a 2-1 lead.

But Rodon couldn’t hold it, in part because of a sixth-inning balk call by first-base ump Angel Hernandez that earned pitching coach Don Cooper an ejection. Rodon hit Michael Saunders to start the sixth and he advanced on the balk and tagged up on a fly out to center. The extra 90 feet became critical when Kevin Pillar’s infield single tied it. Todd Frazier made a diving stop on the play at first base and Rodon took one too many steps to tag first base just behind the slide of Pillar.

Rodon allowed two earned runs and six hits with two walks.

The White Sox bullpen picked up the slack. Matt Albers, Nate Jones and Zach Duke combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings to get the ball to Robertson. Robertson then pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam for his 19th save in 21 tries.

Today on CSN: White Sox continue series with Blue Jays

Today on CSN: White Sox continue series with Blue Jays

The White Sox take on the Blue Jays this afternoon, and you can catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet. Coverage begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 12:30 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

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White Sox: No timeframe for Zach Putnam, surgery an option

White Sox: No timeframe for Zach Putnam, surgery an option

Zach Putnam is weighing his options after he had a second opinion on Friday and surgery is one of them.

The White Sox reliever went on the disabled list Tuesday with ulnar neuritis in his right elbow. Putnam, who has a 2.30 ERA in 25 games this season, last pitched on Sunday in Cleveland.

“(Surgery is) possible,” general manager Rick Hahn said. “But again, we are exploring all the options. We want to make sure we have all the possibilities laid out before us. It’s just one of the things we are considering.”

“Still parceling through the options and at this point we don’t have a specific timeframe for him.”

The White Sox bullpen already is short-handed after losing Jake Petricka to potentially season-ending hip surgery earlier this month. Daniel Webb is out for the season after he had reconstructive elbow surgery earlier this month.

The White Sox bullpen currently features three rookies as result of those injuries and manager Robin Ventura doesn’t see any way of avoiding using them in key spots. Michael Ynoa and Chris Beck both got in and out of trouble and earned holds in Boston.

“We’re gonna have to find a way to get nine innings in and they’re gonna get tested,” Ventura said. “I thought Michael did a nice job the other day. I think even Beck after the first hitter, it could have been a mess. I thought he really showed what he’s made of by coming back. He gave up the sac fly and that was it.”