Crain could join Bruney on disabled list


Crain could join Bruney on disabled list

NEW YORK -- Brian Bruney was placed on the disabled list on Friday afternoon. Jesse Crain could join him shortly.

The White Sox lost another pitcher to injury as Bruney was placed on the 15-day disabled list with hip inflammation. Crain, who hasnt pitched since last Saturday because of shoulder inflammation, wont even play catch for the next few days in hopes of quieting the afflicted area.

If it doesnt improve by then, Crain wouldnt be surprised if he wound up on the disabled list, too. Crain decided to see Dr. (David) Altchek prior to Thursdays game when he experienced more pain in the muscle in the back of his right shoulder after playing catch. Altcheck, who performed Crains rotator cuff surgery in 2007, didnt see any major issues.

From what he saw, he said no MRI was necessary, which is a good sign, Crain said. But the real telling will be in a couple days when I throw again and see if its gotten better. Its the way the year has gone. I havent had a year like this in my career. It seems like new things pop up every day. All that stuff has been unbelievable.

Crain was on the DL from April 21 to May 14 with a strained left oblique. He also missed time in spring training with a strained right oblique.

Were trying to do what we think is right and see in a couple of days, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. He feels stiff and you have to get it checked out. You want people better than me to figure that out. So well hold him out and see how he feels over the weekend.

The White Sox promoted reliever Brian Omogrosso from Triple-A Charlotte to take Bruneys place.

Omogrosso -- who is 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 33 innings this season -- is the seventh rookie on the White Sox staff, including the fifth in the bullpen.

Omogrosso had a 1.42 ERA in his last 12 23 innings and has recently been clocked with a fastball velocity of 99 mph. Even though he was selected, Omogrosso said any number of pitchers could have received the call.

J.R. Perdew and Richard Dotson helped me out and kept pushing me throughout the way, Omogrosso said. There are a lot of guys down there pitching really well right now: (Deunte) Heath, and (Donnie) Veal and (Leyson) Septimo and everybody else. I figure any of our numbers could have been called.

White Sox: Chris Getz's new player development role is to carry out 'vision of the scouts'

White Sox: Chris Getz's new player development role is to carry out 'vision of the scouts'

He may be limited on experience, but Chris Getz already has a strong idea about player development.

Getz -- who on Friday was named the White Sox director of player development -- worked the past two seasons as an assistant to baseball operations in player development for the Kansas City Royals. A fourth-round pick of the White Sox in the 2005 amateur draft, Getz replaces Nick Capra, who earlier this month was named the team’s third-base coach. A quick learner whom a baseball source said the Royals hoped to retain, Getz described his new position as being “very task oriented.”

“(The job) is carrying out the vision of the scouts,” Getz said. “The players identified by the scouts and then they are brought in and it’s a commitment by both the player and staff members to create an environment for that player to reach their ceiling.

“It’s a daily process.”

Getz, a University of Michigan product, played for the White Sox in 2008 and 2009 before he was traded to the Royals in a package for Mark Teahen in 2010. Previously drafted by the White Sox in 2002, he described the organization as “something that always will be in my DNA.”

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Getz stayed in Kansas City through 2013 and began to consider a front-office career as his playing career wound down. His final season in the majors was with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2014.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore hired Getz as an assistant to baseball operations in January 2015 and he quickly developed a reputation as both highly intelligent and likeable, according to a club source.

“He is extremely well-regarded throughout the game, and we believe he is going to have a positive impact on the quality of play from rookie ball through Chicago,” GM Rick Hahn said.

Getz had as many as four assistant GMs ahead of him with the Royals, who couldn’t offer the same kind of position as the White Sox did. Getz spent the past week meeting with other members of the White Sox player development staff and soon will head to the team’s Dominican Republic academy. After that he’ll head to the Arizona Fall League as he becomes familiar with the department. Though he’s still relatively new, Getz knows what’s expected of his position.

“It’s focused on what’s in front of you,” Getz said. “Player development people are trying to get the player better every single day.”

“With that being said, the staff members need to be creative in their thinking. They need to be innovative at times. They need to know when to press the gas or pump the brakes. They need to be versatile in all these different areas.”

White Sox name Chris Getz Director of Player Development

White Sox name Chris Getz Director of Player Development

The White Sox announced on Friday they have named former MLB infielder Chris Getz as Director of Player Development.

Getz replaces Nick Capra, who after five seasons in his position was named the White Sox third base coach on Oct. 14.

The 33-year-old Getz has spent the last two years with the Kansas City Royals as a baseball operations assistant/player development in which he assisted in minor-league operations and player personnel decisions.

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“I'm excited about the opportunity to help teach and develop young talent in the organization where my professional career began,” Getz said in a press release. “I was drafted twice, worked through the minor leagues, and reached the major leagues with the White Sox. Through this journey, I was able to gain an understanding of the individuals within this organization, who I respect greatly.  The director of player development is an important role, and the health of the minor-league system is vital for major-league success.  I look forward to putting my all into making the White Sox a strong and winning organization.”
White Sox Senior VP/general manager Rick Hahn added: “We are pleased to add Chris’ intellect, background and energy to our front office. He is extremely well-regarded throughout the game, and we believe he is going to have a positive impact on the quality of play from rookie ball through Chicago.”

Getz, originally a fourth-round selection by the White Sox in the 2005 MLB Draft out of Michigan, played in seven MLB seasons with the White Sox (2008-09), Royals (2010-13) and Blue Jays (2014).

Getz had a career slash line of .250/.309/.307 with three home runs, 111 RBI and 89 stolen bases.