The latest middle relief addition for the White Sox became Lance Broadway, with the right-hander getting called up from Triple-A Charlotte prior to Saturday’s contest with Toronto. Broadway replaced Jack Egbert, who was optioned to Charlotte after allowing six runs on seven hits in 1 2/3 innings during Friday’s 14-0 shellacking, who in turn, had replaced Mike MacDougal.
But Egbert’s demotion does not mean he has dropped completely from the big-league picture.
“It’s not fair for the kid to come out for two outings and all of a sudden, he’s down in the Minor Leagues,” said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen of Egbert. “I think we need a guy fresh to be here. That’s the reason we did it. Egbert yesterday, he throw seven ground balls. We couldn’t catch it or it was in the right place for the Toronto hitters. It’s not something you can control.
“You can’t do nothing about it. Now I know what he can bring and what he can do. We worry about can he recover for two innings and other stuff, all the little things behind the scenes. I like what I see. He no was the greatest one, but I see a lot of ground balls and I like that.”
Broadway, 25, carries a 2-1 career record and 4.44 ERA in 11 previous games with the White Sox over the past two years–two of which were starts. Guillen joked about welcoming back Broadway once again, and hopes this is the last move the team has to make in this important but often overlooked part of their bullpen.
“We wish we don’t have to do that every week,” Guillen said. “It’s not easy for anyone. It’s a very uncomfortable situation for (general manager) Kenny (Williams) and myself and Coop. Every week we have different faces. We try to figure out what’s the one that’s going to stick here and stay here.”
“Anytime you have more experience, you gain more confidence and you understand the game better,” said Broadway, who is ready for any role the White Sox have planned. “For young players, that’s a big step.”