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White Sox DFA Milledge, call up RHP Gray

White Sox DFA Milledge, call up RHP Gray

Thursday, April 7, 2011Posted: 10:25 a.m. Updated: 3:19 p.m.
By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

Before the home opener, outfielder Lastings Milledge was designated for assignment, as the pitching-pressed White Sox called up reliever Jeff Gray.

The way we played the last couple of games and the way the pitching has been used, we didnt want to overuse anyone and then all of a sudden, June or July, we regret it," manager Ozzie Guillen explained. "Thats the reason we did it.

Guillen agonized over how and when to tell Milledge, who he had grown fond of during spring training, during which the 25-year-old made the Opening Day roster as a non-roster invitee.

Personally, it was very hard for methats the hardest thing you can do, Guillen said, who admitted that he was having trouble looking Milledge in the eyes as he talked with him. When you send someone down and it has nothing to do with his performance, thats something. I was on the plane thinking all flight how I was going to handle it.

Milledge told CSNChicago.com relatively early in spring training that he would accept a minor-league assignment from the White Sox if he didnt make the team, and was eager to learn from some of the first mentors hed ever encountered, including Juan Pierre and Paul Konerko.

He handled it very well, Guillen said. I talked to Milledge about the problem we have. Unfortunately, thats part of the game. Its one of the hardest talks I had with any player.

As for Gray, he scuffled in the Cactus League but pitched well during his short stint in AAA Charlotte, earning the nod when the White Sox found themselves short of arms.

Theres a need for a pitcher because of the extra-inning games and some of the other things that have been going on, said pitching coach Don Cooper. We need another guy, and he was the guy chosen. He had a sideline two days ago, so he's ready to go He threw the ball well and he had good stuff in spring training. He can give us innings.

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

Lucas Giolito's White Sox debut will be pushed back as club makes rotation changes

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Lucas Giolito's White Sox debut will be pushed back as club makes rotation changes

Lucas Giolito's White Sox debut will be pushed back a day.

Originally scheduled to start Monday, Giolito will make his team debut on Tuesday now, manager Rick Renteria said on Saturday. Giolito will take Reynaldo Lopez's place in the rotation as he recovers from a strained back.

The White Sox also made some other pitching rotation changes.

Carlos Rodon and Carson Fulmer will be the two starters for Monday's doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins. Renteria said that Fulmer — who will be making his season debut — will serve as the 26th man and then head back to Triple-A Charlotte.

In 24 starts this season with the Knights, the 23-year-old prospect is 7-8 with a 5.61 ERA and 95 strikeouts.

Strained back sends White Sox pitching prospect Reynaldo Lopez to DL

Strained back sends White Sox pitching prospect Reynaldo Lopez to DL

After leaving Thursday's game with soreness, the White Sox are taking a cautious approach with pitching prospect Reynaldo Lopez.

The White Sox announced on Saturday they have placed Lopez on the 10-day disabled list with a strained back and purchased the contract of pitcher Danny Farquhar from Triple-A Charlotte.

White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper noticed Lopez losing both his velocity and command in the fourth inning of his start against the Texas Rangers on Thursday night which prompted a mound visit from manager Rick Renteria and head athletic trainer Herm Schneider. After initially walking back toward the dugout, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu signaled for Renteria and Schneider to return. Lopez was pulled from the game just moments later.

Lopez is 0-1 with a 6.97 ERA in two starts with the White Sox after getting promoted to the majors on Aug. 11.

Farquhar, 30, signed with the White Sox in July after he was released by the Tampa Bay Rays.

In eight games with Triple-A Charlotte, Farquhar had a 3.00 ERA with a 0.880 WHIP and 12 strikeouts.

The veteran reliever has played in parts of six MLB seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays (2011), Seattle Mariners (2013-15) and Rays (2016-17). Farquhar has a career record of 7-14 with 18 saves and a 3.85 ERA in 230 games.

The White Sox 40-man roster is now at 36 after Saturday's move.