No shortage of news
A busy first day at White Sox camp has come to a close, and I’m going to share a little more information as I sit here watching the NBA All-Star Game and frantically search for when Rock of Love airs in Peoria.
1) Both Octavio Dotel and A.J. Pierzynski didn’t have any real update in regard to their participation in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Pierzynski was listed on Team USA’s provisional roster, as was White Sox reliever Matt Thornton, outfielder Carlos Quentin and pitcher John Danks, while the same holds true for Dotel on the Dominican Repbulic roster.
The interest in playing appears to be there for this pair of White Sox stalwarts.
“Yeah, but I’m trying to make sure everything is perfect with myself first,” Dotel said. “If everything is fine, I’ll play in the Classic. If not, I’ll stay here and get ready for 2009.
“I haven’t heard anything,” Pierzynski said. “People keep asking me, but I have no idea. We’ll see what happens. If I go, it will be great, but if I don’t, I’ll be happy to be here and be with my team. It would be fun to represent the USA, but if not, I’ll be happy to be in Glendale and go from there.”
For those who don’t remember, Danks and Quentin already have taken their names out of consideration for the competition.
2) I’m going to find out the name of Jose Contreras’ trainer on Monday, as the White Sox hurler came to camp 30 pounds lighter. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen already called Contreras the story of camp, saying they probably could have had him throw on the side on Sunday. But the plan is for Contreras to work at his own pace and “not get too greedy,” according to Guillen. Dotel also lost seven pounds and looks to be in excellent condition, stating how he started a little earlier with his offseason workouts.
3) Mark Buehrle will skip a start or two during Spring Training, with the focus being on having him as strong as possible for the second half of the 2009 season. It’s a plan that worked to perfection in 2008. Buehrle will miss at least one start when he returns home to be with his wife, Jamie, who is expecting the couple’s second child due at the start of March.