Sox Drawer - Hahn: 'We're not done'

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Sox Drawer - Hahn: 'We're not done'

For White Sox fans who have been waiting for their team to make some additional moves for the 2013 season, you might soon get your wish.

Were not done, said White Sox general manager Rick Hahn Tuesday on Chicago Baseball Hot Stove.

In his first off-season at his new job, Hahn has re-signed Jake Peavy to the rotation and added Jeff Keppinger at third base. Both are solid moves and fill needs, but everyone expected the White Sox to do more by now.

So did Hahn.

It has felt like its been a little bit slower in terms of coming together, he said about deals hes been working on. Its felt to me as a lot of hurry up and wait at times.

The wait for White Sox reinforcements is likely about to end.

Perhaps other things are going to be announced later in the week, Hahn revealed.

Translation? Friday at Sox Fest.

One logical addition is reliever Matt Lindstrom, the hard-throwing righty who reportedly agreed to terms a one-year deal with the White Sox over the weekend.

Thats been widely rumored, Hahn said of the White Sox hope in signing a reliever. Weve made no secret of the fact that were interested in finding a complement to Jesse Crain, perhaps from the right side of the bullpen. A power arm type that can get ground balls and can keep the ball in the park.

Hahn then looked at a monitor in the studio that was showing video of Lindstrom pitching for the Marlins.

There have been reports out there, and some video even, of guys who really fit into that role, he said with a wide grin.

Hahn admitted that he is still looking for a left-handed bat. Possibilities are out there, but he has to find a match that works for the White Sox.

If the right opportunity to get better presents itself, we will jump on it. But as of yet, we have not found that fit that we feel confident is truly an upgrade, Hahn said. We can go out and acquire a left-handed hitter which is probably going to make us look good, like were doing work and weve addressed a perceived need in January. But come April or May, if its not the right fit, then its going to be a worthless acquisition.

In 2011, the White Sox said good-bye to fan favorite Mark Buehrle. In 2012, it was A.J. Pierzynski. Now with Paul Konerko entering the final year of his contract, 2013 could be the swan song for the long-time Sox first baseman.

Konerko has not revealed his plans for beyond this season, whether he wants to continue playing or retire. He turns 37 on March 5.

Its been my experience that these things are best kept quiet between the player and the club in terms of any conversations about extensions or, Is this the end or what are your plans for the future? Hahn said. These things have a way of working themselves out, and Paulie has obviously been a big part of our past and hopefully a big part of our success in 2013, and perhaps beyond.

Who knows? Maybe Konerko will announce his intentions when he arrives at Sox Fest.
In an off-season of little news, there might be a bunch Friday.

Fast Break Morning Update: White Sox, Cubs both drop series openers

Fast Break Morning Update: White Sox, Cubs both drop series openers

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White Sox fall to Diamondbacks in series opener

White Sox fall to Diamondbacks in series opener

PHOENIX -- The red-hot White Sox ran into Zack Greinke on Monday night.

He cooled them off in a hurry.

Greinke struck out 12 hitters and Daniel Descalso blasted a three-run home run off Miguel Gonzalez as the Arizona Diamondbacks sent the White Sox to a 5-1 loss in front of 18,333 at Chase Field. The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the White Sox, who had scored 24 runs in their final two games against the Seattle Mariners.

“(Greinke) keeps the ball down out of the zone a lot,” manager Rick Renteria said. “It’s kind of enticing. He keeps the ball in the hitter’s area and it ends up falling out. It’s one of those things that you’ve got to try to get him up. Our approach was to try to make him throw a lot of strikes. He ended up hammering the strike zone early and then finally he just came into a groove.”

Descalso’s three-run shot off Gonzalez was one of two pitches the White Sox right-hander would have liked back. After Gonzalez walked Chris Owings with two outs in the fourth inning, his only free pass of the night, he left the curveball over the middle and Descalso deposited it in the right-center field stands to break a scoreless tie.

He also left a pitch up to Paul Goldschmidt in the sixth inning and the All-Star first baseman ripped it for a solo shot.

But overall Gonzalez rebounded from his previous two starts when he walked nine batters. He was sharp for three innings as he faced one over the minimum. He just missed to Owings in the fourth, which brought up Descalso.

Gonzalez allowed five runs (four earned) and seven hits in five innings.

“You see what happens when you walk guys,” Gonzalez said. “That wasn’t in a good situation to walk the guy. You have to keep grinding, keep making my pitches. Really two pitches were the ones that hurt me tonight. A lot of positives. Nothing to worry about. Keep working hard and things are going to go my way.

“Sometimes things don’t go your way. Those two pitches, if I take those back, you never know. It’s a different ballgame.”

Not only did Greinke strike out a dozen hitters, he limited the White Sox to four hits in 8 2/3 innings.

Omar Narvaez had two hits, the first coming after Greinke opened the game by retiring seven straight batters. Leury Garcia homered off Greinke with one out in the fifth inning to break up his bid for a shutout.

It was quite the turnaround from when the White Sox bashed Yovani Gallardo and Chris Heston on consecutive days in Seattle. The White Sox scored a combined nine first-inning runs in winning three of four against the Mariners.