Word on the Street: No Epstein for Cubs

Word on the Street: No Epstein for Cubs

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011
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NoEpstein for Cubs

If the Red Sox don't win the American League wild card and miss their postseason for the second year in a row, it could cause them to make impulsive moves. One suych move could be letting Theo Epstein leave with a year left on his contract. Epstein and the owner John Henry would have to take emotion out of this decision. Epstein has yet to show interest in the Cubs GM vacancy. (Fox Sports)

Cooper manages Sox's last games

With Ozzie Guillen in Spain, one of the game's best pitching coaches Don Cooper will be managing the last two games with first base coach Harold Baines as assistant. Joey Cora was told not to show up at U.S. Cellular Field for the final two games and will likely resume as Guillen's bench coach with the Florida Marlins. (Hardball Talk)

Could Zambrano join Ozzie in Miami?

It seems as though the Cubs will do anything to get rid of Carlos Zambrano. With Ozzie Guillen on his way to Florida, why not Zambrano as well? Guillen and Zambrano are off-field friends. Guillen has always supported Zambrano without hesitation through out the seasons. It's possible that Guillen could push the Marlins to take Zambrano. If the Marlins take Zambrano the Cubs might not get anything for him.(Hardball Talk)
Pierzynski is postseason analyst for Fox
White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski has accepted a job as Fox's pregame and postgame analyst for the American League Championship Series and World Series.(Chicago Tribune)

Good news for Persa

Northwestern Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald said quarterback Dan Persa is supposed to return this weekend. Persa should be able to play against Illinois on Saturday. It 's not clear whether Persa will start nor how much playing time he will receive.(CollegeFootball Talk)

Fantasy football: Week 4

Bears Dane Sanzenbacher is a good receiver to pick up. There are a few receiver's that give off a vibe of promising excellence and Sanzebacher is among those. Seahawks' Sidney Rice, Lions' Titus Young and the Buffalo Bills defense. Bills' defense is pretty promising because they picked off four Tom Brady passes.(Chicago Tribune)

Kane and Hossa debut

Chicago Blackhawks offensive stars Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa will get a chance to play Wednesday night against Detroit Red Wings at the United Center.
While Kane was recovering from his surgery he missed four preseason games. Hossa arrived late to training camp due to the death of his close friend, Pavol Demitra, in the plane crash. Here's their chance to really get loose. Meantime, Patrick Sharp is doing well and recovering steadily from his emergency appendectomy surgery.(Chicago Tribune)

Super Bowl XLVIII logo

The potential logo for Super Bowl XLVIII has a snow flakebranded between New York and New Jersey. It's a possibility there willbe much snow in February, 2014. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said snowisn't such a bad idea because whatever is thrown at them, they'll beready.(ProoFootball Talk)

Wake-up Call: Miggy gets the boot; Rodon's rocky debut; More bad news for Cubs?

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Can Leonard Floyd break out in 2017? The Bears like the early signs

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: What's next for Blackhawks as free agency looms?

Preview: Cubs wrap up series with Nationals today on CSN

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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.”