Ballantini: Peavy update; Floyd's worst pitch

Ballantini: Peavy update; Floyd's worst pitch

Monday, April 11, 2011
Posted: 6:36 p.m.

By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

When MLB officials called the Chicago White Sox on Monday afternoon, they had a serious question: Why was Gordon Beckham throwing a bullpen session?

The White Sox had a simple answer for their second baseman turning hurler, as evidenced on MLBs ballpark cam: It wasnt Bacon sizzling through a 30-pitch side session, it was rehabbing hurler Jake Peavy.

Peavy was in Chicago to throw his side session on Mondaybut his luggage never made it out of Montgomery, Ala.

Yeah, Ive got Edwins Jackson glove, Beckhams jersey, a new hatthe only thing thats my own are the spikes, Peavy said with a smile.

Also grin-inducing was Peavys session, held in front of pitching coach Don Cooper. Peavy threw 32 pitches (33, he shorted me one, said the fireballer) and felt great throughout the workout.

Everything feels normalI really feel normal, Peavy said. It was a normal bullpen day on Day 3.

Peavy will pitch on Wednesday night at AAA Charlotte, aiming for five innings andor 80 pitches. He anticipates making his nextand possibly lastrehabilitation start for AA Birmingham. Hes no longer feeling pressureself-induced or otherwiseto rush back and rescue the club.

I just have to make sure when I get back here, Im just a normal guy and can throw six-seven-eight innings with 100-plus pitches, Peavy said. At that point, GM Kenny Williams and pitching coach Don Cooper and those guys will make that decision.

Im happy because hes ahead of schedule, but havent seen him throw, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. In the conversation we had, he was very positive. Every report we have is pretty good. Were just waiting for him.

Not hurting that relaxed attitude was fifth starter Phil Humbers terrific start in Saturdays win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Phil threw the ball outstanding, Peavy said.I watched a lot of that game and was very happy. When the guy who replaces you goes out and does that, its very encouraging and makes what Im going through easier, knowing that the guy in your spot is picking up the slack. Im very proud of Phil.

For Peavy, the key question is how he is rebounding after his rehab startshe had told reporters throughout spring training he felt fine after starts, but was secretly battling the shoulder tendinitis that eventually sidelined him. So far, so good.

I can tell you guys I really do feel almost completely normalthere is nothing but general soreness, Peavy said. There is no pain, no discomfort areas that shouldnt be uncomfortable. I feel the lat has began that healing process and has healed up enough to let me start, and I feel quite a bit better.

There are no regrets from Peavy for pushing hard to break camp with the White Sox, but hindsight is crystal-clear for him these days.

We tried to push the envelope in spring training and make the club but my body shut it down and obviously it spoke for itself, he said. But with a little time off and little bit slower of a climb, with some medication, it certainly responded. I just hope Im able to continue this during the season.

Freaky Floyd

Yesterdays brilliant start by Gavin Floyd was marred by just one momenthis throwing error in the sixth inning, which ruined the hurlers shutout.

With Sam Fuld on third and Johnny Damon on first, Floyd pulled the ol fake to third, throw to first trickand it worked!

Um, yeah, we did probably a million of those drills, Floyd said.

Damon, dead to rights, broke to secondand Floyd threw the ball into center field, allowing Fuld to score.

I dont know what happened there, Floyd smiled, with some embarrassment. I dont know if it was yips, but sometimes youre like, Oh, its a simple throw, and then, Ohmaybe not.

Floyd was plainly proud of his effort on Sunday, with his 79 game score making it significantly his best effort ever in Aprilhis cruelest month.

The worst pitch I made was to second base, he laughed. I guess thats not the worst thing.

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White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

Brett Lawrie and Avisail Garcia will both return to the White Sox in 2017.

The team announced it reached deals with both players shortly before Friday’s 7 p.m. CST nontender deadline. Lawrie will earn $3.5 million next season and Garcia received a one-year deal for $3 million.

The club didn’t tender a contract to right-handed pitcher Blake Smith, which leaves its 40-man roster at 38.

Acquired last December for a pair of minor leaguers, Lawrie hit .248/.310/.413 with 12 home runs, 22 doubles and 36 RBIs in 94 games before he suffered a season-ending injury.

Lawrie produced 0.9 f-WAR when he suffered what then-manager Robin Ventura described a “tricky” injury on July 21. Despite numerous tests and a lengthy rehab, Lawrie never returned to the field and was frustrated by the experience. Last month, Lawrie tweeted that he believes the cause of his injury was wearing orthotics for the first time in his career.

He was projected to earn $5.1 million, according to MLBTraderumors.com and earned $4.125 million in 2016.

Garcia hit .245/.307/.385 with 12 homers and 51 RBIs in 453 plate appearances over 120 games. The projected salary for Garcia, arb-eligible for the first time, was $3.4 million.

The team also offered contracts to Miguel Gonzalez and Todd Frazier, who are eligible for free agency in 2018, first baseman Jose Abreu and relievers Dan Jennings, Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka, among others.

The White Sox have until mid-January to reach an agreement with their arbitration-eligible players. If they haven’t, both sides submit figures for arbitration cases, which are then heard throughout February.

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti cracks Crain's 40 under 40

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti cracks Crain's 40 under 40

Crain's Chicago Business released its latest 40 under 40 project and White Sox announcer Jason Benetti made this year's list.

The 33-year-old just finished his first season with the White Sox as play-by-play announcer, working the home games at U.S. Cellular Field (before it was renamed Guaranteed Rate Field last month) alongside Steve Stone as longtime broadcaster Hawk Harrelson saw his workload reduced to mostly road games.

Benetti quickly became a fan favorite among Chicagoans on CSN and other networks in 2016 and his cerebral palsy became more of a backstory, with his work alongside Stone and his affable sense of humor taking center stage instead.

Among other topics, Benetti discussed how he approaches his job of broadcasting for the team he grew up rooting for:

Law school taught me that there are always two sides of the argument. I see it from the Sox prism, but I can’t believe in my heart of hearts that, if the Sox lose, the world’s over anymore. That first game, I was like, “All right, it’s just a game.” And then Avi Garcia hits a homer late in the game against the Indians and I call it like I would call it with a little more. And as the ball cleared the fence, when it was rolling around, I got a slight tear in my eye. And I was like, “What’s that?”

Check out the entire interview with Benetti and the full list at ChicagoBusiness.com.