Ozzie Guillen's serious about spending time in Chicago during the offseason. Eschewing the warm, comfortable conditions of Miami and Venezuela, the former White Sox manager made his way out to Rosemont on Monday to take in DePaul's 13-point loss to No. 19 Marquette at Allstate Arena.
Comcast SportsNet caught up with Guillen, who discussed what'll be different for him when spring training rolls around in a few weeks, along with twitter and how he'll try to avoid Chicago media when the Marlins roll into town to play the Cubs July 17-19.
Check out Ozzie's full comments below:
For the record, if Ozzie really is done talking to Chicago media (unlikely), I'm pretty sure I'd welcome that. Would you? Are you sick of Ozzie, or would you welcome continued coverage of his antics in Miami?
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.