Sox Notes: Dunn still healing, feeling feisty

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Sox Notes: Dunn still healing, feeling feisty

Thursday, April 7, 2011
Posted: 2:18 p.m. Updated: 3:30 p.m.

By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

A day after likening his healing powers to that of Wolverine from the X-Men, Adam Dunn was disappointed to still be feeling the effects of the operation to remove his appendix early on Wednesday morning.

I feel about like yesterday, he said. I thought I would be a lot better than what I am, and its very disappointing, actually I tried everything last night and today to play and it aint happening.

Teammate Paul Konerko feels for Dunn, who was looking forward to making a splashy debut in Chicago.

I know hes excited to get out here, Konerko said. I know it was a blow to him not to be able to get to this game today, but hes going to be back in a couple of days and itll be like it never happened. Hes swinging the bat well, having good at-batsand when youre doing that as a player at any time of the year, you dont want to come out because you want to run that out as much you can.

Yesterday, Dunn had scoffed at the notion of being out for five days, and even in spite of his Opening Day setback, the affable clouter wasnt budging on that.

My timetable is tomorrow nowI just had to push it back a day. Hopefully tomorrow it will be better. Thats what Im shooting for.

Guillen, who teased with the notion of pinch-hitting Dunn as early as yesterday, clearly had shifted more to Peavy Treatment in terms of rushing the slugger back into the lineup.

I didnt even talk to him, Guillen said. I appreciate when guys want to play for you, but we have to be careful. When you have surgery, no matter how small it is, its still dangerous. We have the people who can replace him for a couple of days. Hopefully when he comes back, hell be fine.

Much has been made of Dunn, a former star quarterback in high school who committed to play for the University of Texas, and his football mentality.

Yeah, hes a tough guy, a big guy, and if he can swing the bat, theres not much else thats going to keep him out, Konerko said. When youre a middle-of-the-order guy, if youre not playing the outfield, if youre playing first or DHing, as long as you can swing the bat, youre going to be in there. But something like this, you have to go on doctors orders.

Dunn was bemused by the notion that football toughness could cause him to get his Roy Hobbs on.

I dont know if its that, he said. Im really disappointed that Im not playing in this game today. I know it probably doesnt mean a lot, its just another game to a lot of people, but home openers are really special, especially when its your first one. I definitely wanted to be out there and its not going to work.

Guillen was also hearing none of it.

I dont like players with a football mentality, he said. When you have a football mentality, you play football. You stay in the game. This guy is tough. He loves to play, thats the main thing Not because hes making the big money, but he wants to be part of the team and be out there.

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Guillen mentioned that he has a number of players who never want out. Most notable is ironman Juan Pierre, but there are more.

We have a few people like that, Guillen said. PK got hit in the finger yesterday when he threw the ball, and he stayed in the game and had a big hit for us. Thats the type of player Brent Morel, Gordon Beckham and the Missile Alexei Ramirez have to learn how to handle tough situations from.

While Dunn melds his Will Ferrell personality with Paul Bunyan size, tall tales of his virtue, valor and recuperative abilities started to go too far before Thursdays game.

I can function, he noted. I didnt get my leg chopped off. I can function, its just sore and kind of tough to move around.

Another voice asked whether Dunn would be introduced along with the rest of the team in the traditional Opening Day introductions, which earned a chortle from Dunn: Im still on the team, I think.

Peavy Watch

Everything remains on track for Jake Peavy, whos due to make his next rehabilitation start on Friday vs. AA Albuquerque to throw five innings and 75 pitches.

Everything is going well, pitching coach Don Cooper said. He's pitching on the eighth, 13th, 18th, 23rd, 28ththose are his numbers.

Still, Cooper is adopting more of an Ozzie Guillen approachif I cant see them, I dont careto Peavys comeback.

To tell you the truth, were more preparing for Tampa than worrying about Jake, he said. We're certainly waiting on him. He's got some things he's got to do, and he's doing them.

Nothing is etched in stone, because who knows, something may come up, God forbid. We'll roll with whatever comes our way. Could Peavys White Sox debut be earlier? Could. Could it be later? Could. We just have see how things lay out.

The Carlos Quandary

Carlos Quentin has endured an up-and-down career with the White Sox, which is why even when hes going good, the right-fielders mental state is of utmost concern.

Hes swinging the bat well, Guillen acknowledged. One thing about it: We will protect him and not overplay him He makes one out and the second at-bat, we see how hes going to react. Hes been fine. Even yesterday when he had the double, I thought he was celebrating and he was kind of mad.

One thing about Carlos, I tell him take one day at a time. Hes the type of guy, from one at-bat to another, we dont know who were going to see. Not because hes bad, but because of the way he is with intensity.

Quentin, batting .500 through his first five games, hasnt let his incendiary start affect his long-term approachwhich in Kansas City he likened as that of a factory worker. He also was quick to acknowledge his teammates after yesterdays thrilling win over the Royals (everybody in our lineup is capable of quality at-bats and carrying the team) rather than claim responsibility for Chicagos bright start.

Still, Qs manager is happy to see one of his spring prognostications off to a swimming start.

Quentins swinging the bat very well, Guillen said. I predicted in Spring Training that Carlos will have a great year this year. Hopefully, he stays healthy.

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

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Todd Frazier, Miguel Gonzalez propel White Sox past Rays

Todd Frazier, Miguel Gonzalez propel White Sox past Rays

Todd Frazier reached the 40-home run plateau on Wednesday night and now his eyes are trained on 100 RBIs.

Frazier’s seventh-inning solo home run not only extended his hitting streak to 12 games, it provided the game’s only offense in a 1-0 White Sox victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in front of 12,976 at U.S. Cellular Field. Frazier became only the seventh player in franchise history to hit 40 homers in a season with his 394-foot drive off Rays pitcher Eddie Gamboa. The blast offered Miguel Gonzalez and David Robertson just enough support as they combined on a three-hit shutout. Robertson recorded his 37th save in 44 tries.

“It’s a big deal any time a guy rounds off that number,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “It’s always a big deal for you. He’s been wanting to get there for a while. I don’t know if you guys know, but he’s been talking about it for a while. I know I’ve heard it a lot. He’s been aiming for that. He wants to get 40 and 100 and especially if it counts like it did tonight and gets a guy a win.”

Frazier entered the game hitting .305/.374/.568 with six homers and 14 RBIs in September, easily his best month of the season. His homer came on a cold, windy night in which offense was at a premium.

The game was delayed for 21 minutes by rain, which continued through the first inning. The rains came again in the bottom of the third inning and delayed the contest for another 76 minutes.

Tampa’s third pitcher of the night, Gamboa’s 76-mph knuckleball caught too much of the plate and Frazier planted it about eight rows beyond the left-field bullpen with two outs in the seventh.

“Not many people have hit 40 home runs in a year so it’s a good feat to have,” Frazier said.

“It’s a great feat to have. I had a bunch of people text me ‘It’s coming. Today is the day.’ It wasn’t that much pressure. It was just a matter of knowing that it’s there and I’m glad to get it over with and now it’s on to another goal of mine.”

Frazier has never driven in 100 runs in a season. His 98 RBIs this season are nine more than his previous career high of 89 that he set in 2015.

Gonzalez hadn’t pitched into the ninth inning since he threw a four-hit shutout on Sept. 3, 2014. To get there he had to stay loose and sharp throughout the second delay of the night. Gonzalez threw twice during the delay, a total of 25 pitches in the indoor cage, and stretched to stay loose.

But being his final start, Gonzalez wanted to take advantage of the opportunity. He returned after the delay and was remarkable. He had stretches where he retired eight in a row in the middle and nine straight into the ninth before he yielded a one-out single to Logan Forsythe.

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He allowed three hits, walked none and struck out five. Gonzalez threw strikes on 71 of 102 pitches.

Robertson took over and needed only one pitch to record the save as Kevin Kiermaier grounded into a game-ending double play.

“It’s been a while since I’ve been out there for the ninth inning,” Gonzalez said. “It took me two years to get there, but they were swinging early. I made some good pitches early on. Got some quick outs, that’s what you got me to the ninth inning.

“Staying loose was really the most important thing for it.

“I was mentally prepared. Obviously you can’t get away with it. It was my last start. I was going out no matter what and didn’t give in and the results were there.”