Shock the Word

That was a mantra used by Michigan’s Fab Five, the greatest group of collegiate hoop players (to never win a NCAA title), but it also applies somewhat to Jose Contreras today.

It’s really an amazing accomplishment and a testament to his strong will and even stronger work ethic that Contreras is scheduled to be back on the mound against the Mariners, just seven months after he suffered a ruptured left Achilles tendon in an August 9 game against the Red Sox. White Sox athletic trainer Herm Schneider and his staff also deserve huge props for getting Contreras back and ready.

Barring any unforeseen wireless mishaps, I’ll get Contreras’ info on the blog as soon as possible.

Here are a few other notes from today:

–First base coach and White Sox legend Harold Baines celebrates his 50th birthday. Baines looks as if he could still get in a game and knock out a couple of hits. Happy Birthday to Baines.

–With all the talk about the center field battle and the handful of reserve roster spots, don’t forget Josh Kroeger. He had three hits in yesterday’s B Game and manager Ozzie Guillen once again raved about him Saturday afternoon.

“I really like what he does,” said Guillen of Kroeger, who also can play center field. “We are definitely going to get him more at-bats.”

Bobby Jenks, who celebrated birthday No. 28 yesterday, Sott Linebrink and Octavio Dotel combined to allow one run over five innings in Saturday’s B Game, with Jenks and Dotel throwing two innings apiece.

–John Danks, origingally drafted by the Rangers with the ninth pick overall of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, still has some friends over with Texas.

“You know, I do,” said Danks, who worked five innings against the Rangers on Saturday. “Just about every guy that came up to the plate gave me a little nod. I’ts fun to face guys I’ve known and played with.”

–Finally, it’s Selection Sunday. At just after 3 p.m. PT, I believe Michigan’s NCAA Tournament drought will come to an end. Yes, I hope to celebrate the Wolverines getting a 10th or 11th seed. After that forgettable football season, double-digit wins was celebration-worthy.



Go Jose! Got to love a story like that! I hope it all works out.


Julia, I will never read your blog.

Merkin, how well is Michigan baseball represented in the Sox organization and in the Majors?

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