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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Derek Holland not satisfied despite strong outing in White Sox loss

Derek Holland not satisfied despite strong outing in White Sox loss

Derek Holland turned in one of his best starts of the season on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, the White Sox had nothing to show for it after a 5-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Sunday afternoon.

In six innings, Holland allowed four hits, one earned run, and two walks while recording six strikeouts. He was charged with his only run in the seventh, when he allowed a single to Yonder Alonso, who came around to score after Holland had been pulled from the game.

Despite his confidence in the bullpen, which has been one of the White Sox biggest strengths this season, Holland would like to see himself go deeper into the games.

“I should be getting into the 7th and not having 110 pitches,” Holland said. “The bullpen's done a great job of picking us up in the seventh, eighth and ninth. The starters, and really pointing more to myself, we need to...I need to go out there and go longer."

Entering Sunday, three of Holland’s last four starts had been the worst outings of the season – allowing 22 earned runs over those four games. Despite the team’s 5-3 loss, Holland felt his outing was a step in the right direction.

“I felt good about everything out there,” Holland said. “(Omar Narvaez) and I were right on the same page. There were just a couple of things that got away from us. Just one of those things. Defense made the plays for us when they needed to, unfortunately we just didn't come out on top."

Manager Rick Renteria also had high praise for the 30-year-old southpaw, who bounced back from one of his shortest outings of the season.

“I thought Holland, hopefully what's not lost is Holland's outing today was really, really good,” Renteria said. “He kept us in the ballgame. They've got some kids that can swing the bat. They were putting things together. All we were trying to do at the end was minimize any damage they could produce. We weren't able to.”

Tough luck for Tommy Kahnle as White Sox blow lead, get swept by A’s

Tough luck for Tommy Kahnle as White Sox blow lead, get swept by A’s

Tommy Kahnle has been one of the White Sox brightest bright spots, but fell victim to some tough luck that could ding on his under-the-radar All-Star bid.

Kahnle allowed the tying and go-ahead runs in the White Sox 5-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics Sunday in front of 28,089 at Guaranteed Rate Field, marking only the sixth time in 31 games the 27-year-old right-hander has allowed a run in 2017.

In the eighth inning, Kahnle allowed a broken bat single to Franklin Barreto, then Ryon Healy reached on a Todd Frazier error. Khris Davis tied the game with a single to left, knocking Kahnle out of the game, and Oakland took the lead when Yonder Alonso blooped a single off David Robertson that plopped into left field out of the reach of Melky Cabrera. Consider the hit probabilities, according to Statcast, of those three hits and the error:

Barreto: 78 percent
Healy: 5 percent
Davis: 62 percent
Alonso: 2 percent

That Kahnle coughed up the lead was surprising given his stealthy success leading a strong back end of the White Sox bullpen this year. The White Sox, prior to Sunday's defeat, were 28-0 when leading after seven innings. 

"Our bullpen's doing a great (job), it really is," manager Rick Renteria said. "I think you can't take away from what they've been doing for us all year long. We've been going to them a lot."

On that improbable Alonso bloop single, Cabrera was shifted more toward center field. 

"He was actually playing a little more to the pull side than he was to the line," Renteria said. "I don't think he was going to be able to get to it, regardless of the effort he might have given us. These guys are all a little fatigued, they're a little tired right now. They're giving you what they've got right now."

Entering Sunday’s game, Kahnle’s 1.2 WAR was sixth-best American League relievers, behind Boston’s Craig Kimbrel (2.2), Houston’s Chris Devenski (1.6), Cleveland’s Andrew Miller (1.6), Los Angeles’ Blake Parker (1.4) and Toronto’s Roberto Osuna (1.3). His 44.8 strikeout percentage is among the five best in baseball along with Kimbrel, New York’s Dellin Betances, Los Angeles’ Kenley Jansen and Milwaukee’s Corey Knebel.

Kahnle has been undoubtedly spectacular this year even with Sunday’s hiccup, though with Garcia seeming likely to be on the American League All-Star roster, Terry Francona wouldn’t have to take him to fill the game’s requirement. That this year’s All-Star Game doesn’t count — it’s the first since 2002 that won’t dictate home-field advantage in the World Series — could alter Francona’s roster construction to reward more starters and closers, and the Cleveland Indians manager would certainly be justified if he wanted to take his own setup guy in Miller.

The White Sox handed Kahnle the lead on Adam Engel’s first career home run (a solo shot in the third) and Jose Abreu’s dash home on a passed ball in the fourth. Starter Derek Holland was solid, allowing one run on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts over six innings. Melky Cabrera added a solo home run in the ninth inning, his eighth of the season.

Adam Rosales and Matt Joyce homered off Robertson and Chris Beck, respectively, in the ninth inning to give the A’s a comfortable ending to their three-game sweep of the White Sox. Beck was hit by a comebacker after allowing that home run and left the game with a bruised left hamstring, and is considered day-to-day.