Word on the Street: Dj vu with Sox, Damon, Matsui

Word on the Street: Dj vu with Sox, Damon, Matsui

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010
5:45 PM

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White Sox again exploring signing Matsui, Damon

When Jim Thome departed before the 2010 season the White Sox targeted both Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon but lost out on both. According to sources, both players are back on the radar screen, but they are likely to hold off until next month on any such moves, as the Dec. 2 non-tender date will send more free agents onto the market.

Matsui earned 6 million with the Los Angeles Angels last season. He was limited by injuries but still played 145 games, hitting .274 with 21 home runs and 84 RBIs. He could be used in the outfield or designated hitter. The same holds true for Damon, who seems unlikely to to return to Detroit. (chicagobreakingsports.com)

Chris Sale to start, Phillies interested in Quentin?

After an impressive stint as a reliever for the White Sox last season, Chris Sale said he's ready to start if that's what the team wants him to do. With Jake Peavy not expected back in April, Sale may get the chance to join the rotation in spring training.

In addition, rumors suggest that the Philadelphia Phillies have kept a close eye on Carlos Quentin and could be interested in trading for the White Sox outfielder if Jayson Werth departs via free agency. (chicagobreakingsports.com)

Owner of Michael Jordan's Steakhouse in NYC declares bankruptcy

The owners of Michael Jordan's The Steakhouse NYC, which overlooks the famed lobby of Grand Central Terminal, are bankrupt. No, not His Airness; the restaurant group just licenses Jordan's name.

The Glazier Group, which owns the New York steakhouse and six Strip House restaurants, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Southern District Court on Monday, Crain's New York Business reported. (slashfood.com)

Joakim Noah launched his own web site on Wednesday.

Derrick Rose for NBA MVP?

When the Bulls point guard wondered why he couldn't be MVP of the league back on Sept. 27, many might have laughed. But, according to K.C. Johnson, maybe it's not so far-fetched after all.

Rose is currently averaging career-highs with 24.7 points and 9.2 assists per game through Tuesday night and has guided the Bulls to a 6-3 record without Carlos Boozer. (chicagobreakingsports.com)

Blackhawks summer trade analysis: Part Five

In the fifth installment of their Blackhawks makeover breakdown, chicagonow.com looks closely at the trade that send Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Sopel and Ben Eager to the Atlanta Thrashers. Why did they do it? What did they gain from it and how do the early returns look? (chicagonow.com)

Hoffpauir is a Ham Fighter

Former Cubs first baseman Micah Hoffpauir, once considered a potential replacement for Derrek Lee, has signed to play in Japan. His new team is the Nippon Ham Fighters of the Pacific League.

Hoffpauir had another good season at Triple-A in 2010 but struggled with the Cubs in just 52 at-bats hitting .173.246.231. (rotoworld.com)

White Sox willing to overlook 'rough' patches as healthy Carlos Rodon returns

White Sox willing to overlook 'rough' patches as healthy Carlos Rodon returns

The two fastballs that soared to the backstop on Wednesday night should give you a strong indication that Carlos Rodon was far from perfect.

But in making his first start of the 2017 season, the White Sox pitcher also offered his team plenty of signals that his health isn’t going to be an issue.

Rodon returned to the mound for the first time since last September and brought the goods that made him one of baseball’s top pitching prospects several years ago. Given he’d missed three months with bursitis in the left shoulder and the potential value he offers to a franchise only half a season into its first rebuild in 20 years, that was plenty for the White Sox to overlook the rust Rodon showed in a 12-3 White Sox loss to the New York Yankees at Guaranteed Rate Field.

“He started a little rough early obviously, got some high pitch counts,” manager Rick Renteria said. “And then he kind of settled down.

“Having him back in the rotation and getting him back out there on the big league field, coming out of there feeling good, healthy. I'm sure he will continue to get better as he continues to get out there and move forward.”

Renteria said he wasn’t surprised that Rodon struggled with his command as much as he did against the Yankees. The issues the pitcher displayed in uncorking a pair of wild pitches, walking six batters and throwing strikes on only 41 of 94 pitches were also present during Rodon’s four rehab starts in the minors.

But as long as the stuff was there, the White Sox would be OK with any issues that accompanied the performance. Rodon began to alleviate those concerns immediately when he earned a called strike on the game’s first pitch with a 93-mph fastball to Brett Gardner. Featuring a four-seamer with an absurd amount of movement and a nasty slider he struggled to control, Rodon checked all the boxes the White Sox hoped for from a pitcher they believe will be a frontline starter for years to come. Rodon also was pleased by how he felt before, during and after the contest.

“I was pretty excited,” Rodon said. “I was going a little fast in the first. But it was good to be out there. Next time out, it’ll hopefully be a little better. Arm feels good, body feels good, all you can ask for.”

Well, it’s not ALL you can ask for, but it’s pretty damn good out of the gate given how slow Rodon’s return took. His four-seam fastball averaged 94.9 mph according to BrooksBaseball.Net and touched 97 mph. His two-seamer averaged 94.4 mph and touched 95. And his slider, though he couldn’t control it, nor locate it for a strike, averaged 86 mph.

“You could see (Omar Narvaez) going over to try to catch some balls that were having tremendous run,” Renteria said. “That's (Rodon). He's got some tremendous life, he's just trying to harness it the best that he can and being able to execute where he wants to get as many strikes as possible.”

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The strikes were about the only thing Rodon didn’t bring with him. He walked Gardner to start the game and issued two more free passes after a Tim Anderson error allowed a run to score and extended the first inning. Rodon threw 37 pitches in the first, only 15 for strikes.

He also reached a full count to each of the batters he faced in the second inning. Rodon walked two more with two outs in the third inning after he’d retired six batters in a row.

And there were those pesky first-inning wild pitches that resembled something out of ‘Bull Durham.’

But all in all, Rodon and the White Sox ultimately saw enough in the first outing to be pleased.

“Great stuff, great life, but the goal is to put it in the zone and let them swing it to get guys out early,” Rodon said. “That’s not what happened. I’ll get back to that.”

“It’s a tough loss, but it’s better to be with the guys out on the field grinding than sitting on the couch and watching, for sure.”

Preview: White Sox host Yankees tonight on CSN

Preview: White Sox host Yankees tonight on CSN

The White Sox take on the New York Yankees tonight, and you can catch all the action on CSN and live streaming on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.

First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Today’s starting pitching matchup: James Shields (1-1, 4.26 ERA) vs. Luis Cessa (0-2, 6.57 ERA)

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