Word on the Street: Peavy won't be ready by April

Word on the Street: Peavy won't be ready by April

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010
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April return not expected for Peavy

Chicago general manager Ken Williams says pitcher Jake Peavy is ahead of schedule in his rehab, but the White Sox are not counting on the right-hander to be ready by Opening Day or even the first month.

Peavy suffered a detached latissimus dorsi muscle near his right shoulder in early July.

"He's well ahead of schedule," Williams said Tuesday, "but I don't want to count eggs before they're hatched," (MLB.com).
Sandberg disappointed with Cubs

Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg questioned Tuesday whether the Cubs did their due diligence before rejecting him for their managerial opening.

"Well, you know what, obviously there was disappointment at the end," Sandberg told "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on WMVP-AM 1000, when asked about losing out to Mike Quade. "As I look back and see everybody involved in the interview process, I think the most games that anybody saw me manage was 4-5 games, by everybody that I talked to.

"Based on that, I don't know how I would get hired for a job if nobody saw me doing my job elsewhere. That was kind of a disappointing part of the whole thing. But now that I see it, it's very obvious with the process and the final choice."y can do that, they'll shed 10 million from the payroll, (ChicagoBreakingSports).
Northwestern's 'L' ride to Wrigley scrapped
One of the things that was to be most charming about the Wrigleyville Classic between Northwestern and Illinois on Saturday was the Wildcats' ride to Wrigley Field on the CTA. They were supposed to dress in Evanston and then ride a special L train, getting off at the Addison stop and then coming into the ballpark through the "Wildcat Way" that's going to be set up on Sheffield Avenue, entering through the right-field "knothole" directly onto the field through the east end zone.

Sounds great, right? Unfortunately, it's not going to happen. Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald was quoted as saying:" "Some logistics did not get ironed out in time. We're going to take the bus. We'll stick with our normal routine," (The Deep Dish).

Marlins interested in A.J. Pierzynski

According to a report out of south Florida, it seems A.J. Pierzynski may be thinking of following in LeBron James' footsteps.

There is mutual interest between the Marlins and free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski, 33, but he might be too expensive for Florida. He made 6.75 million in 2010 with the Chicago White Sox.

Now, what is keeping this deal from being possible at the moment is that, as it said above, the Marlins can't really afford Pierzynski right now. That being said, the team is supposedly looking to trade Dan Uggla this winter, and if they can do that, they'll shed 10 million from the payroll, (Foul Balls).
Hester named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Devin Hesters 100 yards on two kickoff returns and 47 yards on two punt returns gave the Bears a decisive edge in field position during the win over Minnesota and also earned Hester the honor of NFC special teams player of the week for the eighth time in his already storied career as a kick returner, (CSNChicago.com's John Mullin).

Preview: Jose Quintana, White Sox look to win sixth straight game on CSN

Preview: Jose Quintana, White Sox look to win sixth straight game on CSN

The White Sox take on the Kansas City Royals on Monday, and you can catch all the action on CSN. Coverage begins at 7 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: Jose Quintana (13-11, 3.21 ERA) vs. Chris Archer (8-19, 4.02 ERA)

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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.”