Sox appear ready to promote first-rounder Chris Sale

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Sox appear ready to promote first-rounder Chris Sale

Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010
Updated: 12:06 AM

By Brett Ballantini & Jeremy Lynn
CSNChicago.com

DETROIT Theres no word on whether he packs a bat called Wonderboy or will stop on the train ride way up to Detroit to strike out the Whammer, but Chris Sales remarkable ascendance up Chicagos organizational chart does look to be finally grinding to a halt on Wednesday, when the White Sox call the lefty up from Triple-A Charlotte.

While the move hasnt been officially announced, with lefthander Erick Threets on the DL the White Sox are limited to only southpaw Matt Thornton in the pen. Randy Williams, another lefty available to the White Sox and one who pitched for the team earlier in the season, threw out of the bullpen for Charlotte on Tuesday, likely eliminating him from callup contention.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who famously claims to be concerned only with the 25 men on his current, major-league roster, was fully ignorant of any pending Sale tomorrow.

Who? The skinny kid? asked the manager postgame. I just manage. They give him to me, and I just manage him.

General Manager Ken Williams made no comment on Tuesday, but had projected Sale as a possible late-season call-up, likening his potential impact to that of Bobby Jenks in 2005 and Mark Buehrle in 2000. In both of those seasons the pitchers were significant stretch-run rookies who would go on to have long careers in Chicago.

While Guillen and Williams are tight-lipped about Sale's immediate future, his father Allen made told news-press.com that his son "will be in Detroit (Wednesday)."

Sale is projected to be a future member of the starting rotationand not coincidentally is said to sport a changeup that compares well to Mark Buehrles killer slowballbut has seen his innings monitored in his first pro season.

Tuesday nights starter, Carlos Torres, was sent down after his six-inning, five-run effort vs. the Detroit Tigers, leaving a roster spot open for Wednesday.

Guillen speculated that Williams would need to talk to Charlotte pitching coach Richard Dotson before making a decision on bringing Sale up. Upon Sales signing in June, Williams sent the rookie specifically to Single-A Winston-Salem so he could be tutored by White Sox all-time saves leader Bobby Thigpen, who is the Dashs pitching coach.

The 6-foot-5-inch, 170-pound lefty has compiled some impressive numbers in his Winston-Salem and Charlotte stints. In 11 total games hes logged a 2.61 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP and 16.5 K9. In Charlotte alone, Sale sports an astronomical 21.3 K9.

Brett Ballantini is CSNChicago.coms White Sox Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnik on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox information.

With first big contract in hand, Tim Anderson planning a run to the Pepsi machine

With first big contract in hand, Tim Anderson planning a run to the Pepsi machine

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Tim Anderson plans to buy one very expensive Pepsi.

When it comes time to make his first big purchase, the White Sox shortstop already has a good idea what he's going to do.

As he quickly rose through the minors, Anderson — who signed a six-year deal Tuesday that could pay him $50.5 million through 2024 — talked to his mother about her retiring if he ever reached the big leagues. But all Lucille Brown joked that she has wanted from Anderson is a Pepsi, just one Pepsi. Anderson said on Thursday morning that he intends to make good on his promise and then some.

"She always told me, 'I don't want anything from you, I just wish you the best. The only thing I want from you is for you to buy me a Pepsi,'" Anderson said. "Pepsi is her favorite soda. The first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to buy her a Mercedes and I'm going to buy a Pepsi and put it in the cup holder for her."

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An outpatient healthcare worker, Brown and her husband Roger — who are Anderson's aunt and uncle — raised Anderson along with their three children. Anderson said he and Brown have discussed her retirement over the past few years and will broach the topic again in the future.

If Lucille decides to retire, Anderson thinks she might take up decorating houses, which she did for the second-year player after he recently purchased a home in North Carolina. But for now, Anderson wants to take care of his family for helping him attain his goal of playing in the big leagues, which led to the "life-changing" contract.

"I think she's going to retire," Anderson said. "We haven't picked up on that conversation yet, but we'll talk about it.

"I feel like nothing but good people have been in my circle from the time that I got drafted."

Miguel Gonzalez can't stop two-out rallies as White Sox fall to Oakland

Miguel Gonzalez can't stop two-out rallies as White Sox fall to Oakland

GLENDALE, Ariz. — His split-fingered fastball could use a little work, but Miguel Gonzalez is ready for the regular season.

The White Sox pitcher allowed four earned runs, all with two outs, in his penultimate Cactus League start on Wednesday. Gonzalez also gave up nine hits as the White Sox lost to the Oakland A’s 5-3 at Camelback Ranch.

"I'm pretty excited for (the regular season)," Gonzalez said. "We all know that spring can be a little long sometimes. But we are here, we are here to work and keep doing what we are doing. We are going to be OK."

Gonzalez allowed two runs each in the first and second innings. Both rallies came with two outs and were a bit of a surprise to the right-hander, who left after 4 1/3 innings. Gonzalez wonders if his split-fingered fastball might not be as sharp as normal because of the dry desert air in Arizona that affects many pitchers.

"It wasn't there today," Gonzalez said. "Not quite as good as I thought it would be. Bullpen I felt really good. Falling behind hitters first two innings. That doesn't really help you, especially a team like this that's very aggressive.

"I'm working on (the splitter). It's fine. I mean it's a little different then it is in Florida. It's not as humid. But you can't think that way. You have to go out there and keep working."

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Melky Cabrera went 1-for-3 with two RBIs for the White Sox. Yolmer Sanchez tripled and homered in the loss. Former White Sox farmhand Frankie Montas struck out four over two scoreless innings to earn the save for Oakland.

The White Sox sent four more players to minor league camp before the game, including reliever Tommy Kahnle. The team sent five players to the minors on Tuesday, including pitcher Carson Fulmer. While Fulmer would love to start the season in the majors, he said it won't hinder him from taking advantage of his time at Triple-A Charlotte.

"Obviously last year getting a taste, it's that dream you've had since you were a kid," Fulmer said. "You want more of it. It's not an addiction in a way. But once you get a taste of it you want more of it. All of us young guys are trying to get back to where we've been. I think time will tell, but I think we'll get a chance here soon and get a chance to create something special."