White Sox notes: Cooper good enough to return

White Sox notes: Cooper good enough to return
September 10, 2013, 7:15 pm
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White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said he “feels good enough to be back” Tuesday, a day after he returned to the dugout.

Cooper returned to the team on Monday after he missed three games in Baltimore with diverticulitis. The veteran coach missed 10 games earlier in the season with the same stomach ailment and now feels well educated. But Cooper doesn’t want to spend much time discussing his problems.

“I don’t enjoy talking about it simply because there are so many other people who have it so much worse than I have, and I’m not complaining or moaning about what I have,” Cooper said. “It’s nothing compared to many people. And I think the people that we’re dealing with, they don’t want to hear about my stuff. They want to hear about baseball and what’s going on. And that’s what I want to talk about.”

Cooper said part of the reason he returned Monday after a doctor’s visit was to watch Chris Sale pitch. Sale improved to 11-12 with a 2.90 ERA in 27 starts this season with eight strong innings in a win over Detroit.

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Even though he’s among the league leaders in multiple categories, Sale hasn’t garnered as much Cy Young attention as Seattle’s Felix Hernandez and Detroit’s Max Scherzer.

Cooper said he hasn’t compared the numbers but backs Sale.

“He’s certainly a Cy Young candidate for me,” Cooper said. “That’s how I feel about him going out there every five days. I was thinking on my way to work, I can’t wait for five days for him to run out there again, because he’s good, and I enjoy watching him.”

Coaches’ status to be determined

A day after Rick Hahn said the team would wait until after the season to discuss the futures of Paul Konerko and his staff, Robin Ventura said Tuesday he wants his coaches to focus on the rest of the season. Even though Hahn has given his coaches his support on several occasions this season, there has been speculation some might be reassigned after a dismal season. Ventura said everyone, himself included, need to focus on the team’s final 19 games.

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“Even in our dialogue of how we’re going forward from where we’re at now everybody is involved on a daily basis of what we’re doing,” Ventura said. “We’re still continuing to work and do things. I think any time you look too far out into the future you forget what’s in front of you. Right now our job is to help these guys get through this year and play on a daily basis. We have young guys we’re watching, helping, teaching and all that other stuff. I want our focus to be on right now and the rest of it will be done in the offseason.”

Garcia returns to lineup

Outfielder Avisail Garcia returns to the White Sox lineup on Tuesday after two games off. Garcia, who is hittig .320 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 27 games with the White Sox, had two teeth extracted on Monday.

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Et cetera

-- Double-A Birmingham beat Tennessee 7-4 on Monday night in Game 5 of the Southern League semifinals to advance to the finals for the first time since 2002. The Barons open the finals today against defending-champion Mobile.

-- White Sox announcers Ken “Hawk” Harrelson, Steve Stone, Ed Farmer, Darrin Jackson and Hector Molina are all candidates for the 2014 Ford C. Frick award. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will oversee voting this fall by the Frick Award committee and the winner will be announced at the 2013 winter meetings.

-- Goalie Corey Crawford threw out the first pitch at Tuesday night’s game and Hall of Famers Stan Mikita, Phil Esposito and Denis Savard were also on hand as the White Sox celebrated Blackhawks night. Jim Cornelison sang the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’.