Troncoso feels good after simulated game

Troncoso feels good after simulated game
September 4, 2013, 6:00 pm
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NEW YORK -- Ramon Troncoso could be back on the mound soon after he threw a simulated game on Wednesday.

Troncoso, who is on the disabled list after he was hospitalized last month with pericarditis, said he feels good after he pitched two innings at Yankee Stadium.

Pericarditis is swelling and irritation of the lining that surrounds the heart. Troncoso, 30, also experienced the same condition and missed time during the 2010 season. Before Wednesday, Troncoso had pitch in several bullpen sessions.

“I think it could happen,” Troncoso said about a return to action. “It feels good.”

Troncoso said the pain he experienced last month snuck up on him. But he soon realized he needed to see a doctor and spent two days in a Minneapolis hospital before he was sent back to Chicago to rest.

“As time went by, it was getting worse and worse,” Troncoso said. “The time comes when you can’t handle no more.”

White Sox manager Robin Ventura is encouraged by Troncoso’s progress. He said it would be up to Troncoso to let him know whether he feels healthy enough to pitch.

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“I’m sure he knows a little bit more than everybody else about how he’s feeling and what it was like before,” Ventura said. “He takes the lead with as far as how he’s feeling but if he can pitch we’ll have him back in there.”

Troncoso said his post-hospitalization recovery has gone smoother this time. Troncoso is 1-4 with a 5.25 ERA in 25 games this season.

“The first time, when I was released from the hospital, the pain was gone away, but I used to wake with pain somewhere else in my body for the first five days,” Troncoso said. “But this time the pain just went away completely.”

Semien starts

Marcus Semien is one of two White Sox rookies who is in the starting lineup on Wednesday and making his major league debut as he bats ninth and plays third base. Erik Johnson is on the mound to make his first start.

Semien was named the Southern League MVP this season after he ranked among the league leaders in runs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, average and walks.

“These guys who come up should play,” Ventura said. “He’s brought up for a reason. He’s earned the right to be up here so we have the ability and flexibility to do it. With Sabathia going today, I don’t want him sitting around for a long time not getting in there and not getting a chance to play.”

Et cetera

-- Johnson joins Andre Rienzo and Charlie Leesman as starting pitchers to make their major league debut for the White Sox this season. The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals also have had three rookie starting pitchers debut in 2013. This is the most rookies to debut in one season for the White Sox since Luis Andujar, James Baldwin, Mike Bertotti, Brian Keyser and Mike Sirotka made theirs in 1995, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

-- Chris Sale is on pace to finish with 235 strikeouts, the most by a White Sox pitcher since Ed Walsh recorded 254 in 1912. Sale has 199 strikeouts and would be only the third left-handed pitcher in franchise history along with Gary Peters (1967, 1964) and Wilbur Wood (1971) to strike out 200 in a season.

-- Play-by-play man Hawk Harrelson is celebrating his 72nd birthday on Wednesday.