Thursday, March 3, 2011
Posted 3:46 p.m. Updated: 6:29 p.m.
By Brett Ballantini
GLENDALE, Ariz. Another day, another scoreless, hitless outing by Chicago White Sox starting pitching. This time, it was John Dankss turn to spin some magic and set sail toward a 6-1 victory, Chicagos first of spring training.
The rotation made sure all morning to let me know the starters havent given up a hit, Danks said. Its fun. We talked before how we all kind of push each other as a group. Thats an example.
Danks threw very well, the four guys so far in the rotation have thrown the ball very well, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. Obviously, its only two inningswere looking for strikes, command, not stuff yet. He had a lot of pressure today because all the guys in front of him threw the ball well. Hopefully, they continue to do that.
It qualified as an offensive outburst for the White Sox, who spun 11 hits down into six runs, which were well more than enough to thwart the anemic Ms and secure the clubs first win of the spring.
When the expectation is you have to win every game in spring training, thats a little overrated, Guillen said. But winning the games, thats a better feeling. Weve been playing pretty good baseball. Im glad about the way were playing.
Rick Hahn began his briefing to the media on Monday with two announcements: First, left-hander Carlos Rodon will make his season debut Wednesday against the New York Yankees.
And right-hander Zach Putnam underwent Tommy John surgery last week and will miss the remainder of the season.
The 29-year-old Putnam was placed on the 10-day disabled list April 25 with right elbow inflammation, but his elbow issues began before that. Last June, Putnam landed on the disabled list with ulnar neuritis in his right elbow and later had surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow in August (Putnam was first diagnosed with a bone spur in his elbow in 2013 while with the Chicago Cubs).
“When they removed the chips, the ligament was not in great shape but Zach and his doctors thought it was worthwhile for him to try to fight back and pitch through it, which obviously he was able to do for a short period of time but ultimately the ligament gave out,” Hahn said. “Zach deserves a world of credit for doing everything he could the last two years to fight his way back to contribute in the bullpen. Unfortunately it didn’t work out for him.”
Putnam’s Tommy John surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews and carries a 12-18 month recovery process, which on the more extreme end could rule him out for the entire 2018 season, too.
This latest setback is another tough break for Putnam, who was outstanding in limited action over the last two seasons, posting a 2.00 ERA with 39 strikeouts, 12 walks and two home runs allowed in 36 innings out of the White Sox bullpen.
As for Rodon, Hahn wouldn’t tip his hand as to what move will be made to return the 2014 first-round pick to the major league roster. Rodon threw at least 90 pitches in his last three minor league rehab starts and worked in extended spring training before that, so he won’t face any restrictions when he takes the mound against the Yankees on Wednesday.
“He’s starting his season now,” Hahn said. “He had to alter his training regimen and get himself back on track and we have him out there without restrictions with the same expectations we had for him at the end of last season. He continues to be an important part of our future.”
Major League Baseball released the latest American League All-Star voting update Monday and Avisail Garcia has jumped back into fifth place among outfielders.
The White Sox right fielder jumped past Boston's Mookie Betts since the last returns were announced on June 13.
Since then Garcia has slashed .319/.447/.819 with a homer, 5 RBIs and three doubles in 12 games.
Aaron Judge, Mike Trout and George Springer remain the top vote-getters in the outfield, though Trout won't play in the Midsumemr Classic because of a thumb injury.
On the year Garcia is batting .331 with a .904 OPS, 11 homers and 51 RBIs; the RBIs are the same number Garcia had all of last year.
Garcia is the only White sox player among the top AL vote-getters at any position.
Voting ends June 30.