Chicago White Sox

New coaches Boston, Thigpen not strangers to White Sox

951001.png

New coaches Boston, Thigpen not strangers to White Sox

The White Sox added two new names to the major league coaching staff on Tuesday but theres nothing unfamiliar about either man.

Daryl Boston was promoted from the teams minor-league outfield coordinator to the White Sox first-base coach and Bobby Thigpen was named the teams bullpen coach, up from pitching coach at Double-A Birmingham.

Boston, who played for the Sox from 1984-1990, takes over next season for Harold Baines, who was moved to assistant hitting coach. Thigpen, the franchises all-time leader in saves, fills the role vacated by Juan Nieves, who earlier this month was named pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox.

Though Boston has spent the past 12 seasons as the White Sox minor-league outfield guru he has been tasked with running outfield defense for major leaguers each spring.

Ive been with these guys since theyve been in the organization, Boston said on a conference call. Nothing new. I know the guys and me and Harold have always been on the same page and were going to try and do the same things we have been doing.

Thigpen, who finished his career with 201 saves, including 57 in 1990, echoed Bostons statement. He has spent the past six seasons in the minor leagues and worked with a number of the White Sox young pitchers.

Ive been getting texts all day from some of the young guys, Thigpen said. Its a continual work in progress. Theyre in the big leagues and were going to try and keep them there.

Thigpen knows he has big shoes to fill after Nieves departure. Nieves and Cooper worked well together and even were roommates for a time. Thigpen said hes intrigued to work with Cooper.

I was anticipating and hoping to get this job, Thigpen said. (Cooper) is one of the best pitching coaches in baseball. I know he and Juan were real close. I just look to be some enforcement for him.

Boston, who joined the staff last August, said he already has some ideas formed after he watched the team for the last six weeks of the season.

One of the things I have noticed is we definitely need to improve our leads at first, Boston said. With the exception of maybe (Paul) Konerko, everybody should be able to go from first to third and take out a man at second base and get us an extra at-bat.

Hawk Harrelson believes John Lackey is 'full of shit'

Hawk Harrelson believes John Lackey is 'full of shit'

Hawk Harrelson isn't buying John Lackey's explanation of innocence.

The Cubs right-hander plunked four White Sox batters in Tuesday's Crosstown throwdown at Wrigley Field, earning the on-air ire of the White Sox longtime broadcaster. Lackey said after the game that he did it on accident but understood the White Sox later retaliation.

Wednesday, a day after all those HBPs, Harrelson stuck to his guns, not believing the veteran pitcher for a second.

"He's full of shit, and you can print that," Harrerlson told the Tribune's Colleen Kane. "He's full of it. He always has been."

OK then.

"I was hoping that they would drill his ass big time because he's an idiot," Harrelson told Kane. "At that point, the game was not the issue. It was Lackey. He's in the pennant race. This is a big-boy game. There's no bullshit here. He's putting (Kris) Bryant and (Anthony) Rizzo in jeopardy."

[WHITE SOX TICKETS: Get your seats right here]

Harrelson, of course, is known for getting heated in the booth and historically has had little issue with expressing his anger on air. You'll remember past rants directed at umpires Mark Wegner and Joe West.

Lackey stirred up plenty of controversy with his four hit batsmen in Tuesday's White Sox loss, plunking Jose Abreu twice as well as Matt Davidson and Yoan Moncada. Harrelson made his displeasure known during the broadcast and implied there would be retaliation. Chris Beck hit Ian Happ with a pitch after Lackey pegged three White Sox in the fifth inning.

Lackey's an old-school type himself, much like Harrelson, so it makes sense the two would be right in the middle of such a situation involving baseball's unwritten rules.

In midst of breakout season, Avisail Garcia sent to DL with right thumb strain

In midst of breakout season, Avisail Garcia sent to DL with right thumb strain

Avisail Garcia may need a guard to protect two fingers on his right hand, but he won’t need anything besides rest to heal them.

An MRI taken Wednesday revealed that the White Sox outfielder has a ligament strain. Garcia, who three hits in his previous 22 plate appearances, is headed for the 10-day disabled list. Though frustrated, the All-Star knows rest is important given how much the injury affected the way he has handled the bat.

“I’ve just got to give it some time, let it heal and let’s see how I feel in the next couple days,” Garcia said. “No surgery. It’s not too serious. I’ve just got inflammation. It’s bad because I grab my bat like this and the inflammation is right here (Garcia pointed to the inside of his thumb). So that’s why it hurts. It’s nothing serious. I thank God for that.”

Garcia had been in the original White Sox lineup for Wednesday but was scratched after visiting a team doctor, general manager Rick Hahn said. Prior to the All-Star break, Garcia dealt with inflammation on his right middle finger. That finger still hasn’t recovered the outfielder said. Both cases are the result of getting jammed by pitches, Garcia said. Garcia also strained his knee last month and was sidelined for several days.

Garcia said he had felt some tenderness prior to Tuesday’s loss, but didn’t think too much about it. But Hahn said Garcia’s injury worsened Tuesday when he went 0-for-5, which prompted Wednesday’s visit.

“I feel a big difference,” Garcia said. “That’s why I decided to go to the doctor today because I couldn’t swing the same way that I have to swing. You could see yesterday, 0-for-5. I’ve been swinging too much with my shoulders. Trying to force it. I don’t have to force it. If something’s wrong I have to stop because I want to help my team. I don’t want this to happen. But it happened. That’s baseball. Anything can happen so I’ve just got to take care of this and be back and ready.”

The White Sox weren’t ready to announced Garcia’s replacement, though one is expected to arrive for Thursday’s series finale against the Cubs.

The White Sox also announced that utility man Leury Garcia is ready to start his rehab assignment in Arizona. Hahn also said outfielder Ryan Cordell, acquired for Anthony Swarzak on Tuesday, would visit team doctors in Chicago. Cordell is on the DL with a back strain and Hahn suggested it could take several more weeks.

“There’s a chance that we don’t see him in action till closer to instructional league,” Hahn said. “But in terms of long-term prognosis, this injury should be a non-factor in his development, and we look forward to having him in action.”