Sick bay: Melton again among the 'DNPs'


Sick bay: Melton again among the 'DNPs'

Defensive tackle Henry Melton, who suffered a chest injury in the loss at Minnesota, did not practice again on Thursday and was excused for the unspecified personal reasons.
The Bears re-signing of Amobi Okoye this week was an indication that Melton, among the leaders in sacks and Pro Bowl voting among defensive tackles, may be a longshot to be available to face the Green Bay Packers.
The offense also appears headed for another week without receiver Earl Bennett, who missed his second practice this week with lingering concussion symptoms. And No. 2 running back Michael Bush, who went out after aggravating a rib injury on his one carry against the Vikings, could not work on Wednesday, either.
Also unable to practice, for their second straight days: cornerback Tim Jennings (shoulder); defensive end Shea McClellin (knee); and linebacker Brian Urlacher (hamstring).
Lance Briggs, Jay Cutler, Kellen Davis, Geno Hayes, Jonathan Scott and Matt Toeaina all were limited on Thursday.
The Packers were again without receiver Jordy Nelson, running back James Starks and defensive end C.J. Wilson.

Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

On his 24th birthday, Tim Anderson’s present from home plate umpire Jim Wolf was his first major-league ejection.

In the fifth inning of the White Sox 3-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics, Anderson fouled off a pitch that landed in the opposing batter’s box. But A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell picked it up in what was ruled to be fair territory and threw the ball to first for the out.

Anderson pleaded his case saying the ball went foul. Wolf agreed, according to Anderson, which only further confused the White Sox shortstop.

“I told him that was BS,” Anderson said. “And he tossed me.”

Anderson said that he was surprised to be ejected so fast. So was manager Rick Renteria, who was thrown out moments after Anderson.

“I don’t want to get in trouble,” Renteria said. “The players having emotion, they are battling. I just think we need to grow a little thicker skin.”

Anderson said that he was appreciative of his manager coming to his defense.

“He kinda had a point and let me know he had my back,” Anderson said of Renteria. “Speaks a lot of him.”

A day after scoring nine runs on 18 hits, the White Sox failed to generate any offense on Friday. The team’s best chance came in the ninth inning.

But with runners at the corners and two outs, Matt Davidson put a good rip on the ball to center field, only to fly out at the warning track.

Anderson and Renteria were watching the game together in the clubhouse, and both believed the White Sox had tied the ballgame.

“We all jumped up and were excited but it kind of fell short,” Anderson said.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Exclusive interview with Mark Buehrle


White Sox Talk Podcast: Exclusive interview with Mark Buehrle

On the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien goes 1-on-1 with the star of the weekend, Mark Buehrle.

Buehrle tells an absolutely amazing bachelor party story and discloses why he wore No. 56.

Take a trip down memory lane and listen to the White Sox Talk Podcast here