Thursday tidbits; Clipping the Yankees
One thought went through Alexei Ramirez’s mind when he slid into second Wednesday night at the Metrodome, trying to break up a double play in the seventh inning of the loss.
“When it happened, I really thought it was a break or a fracture, but it isn’t,” said Ramirez, through interpreter and White Sox director of public relations Lou Hernandez following Thursday’s 3-2 victory over the Yankees. “I’m just glad that it wasn’t as serious as I originally thought it was. It’s just a minor injury, and hopefully I can get back as soon as possible.”
Ramirez has a swollen ligament in the sprained right ankle, but has been able to put pressure on the injured area while walking on it in the pool during extensive work on Thursday. Ramirez said a return to action Sunday is possible, but he’s not setting any date–just going by how he feels.
“I don’t want to say one thing or the other as far as returning,” Ramirez said. “Right now, I just want to pay attention to how my heel feels. The heel is basically the base of where I step and how I step, so I just want to keep working on this, doing some stuff with (White Sox athletic trainer) Herm (Schneider) and hopefully be back as soon as possible.”
–Judging by the tone of Ozzie Guillen’s voice and the look on his face at this particular moment of Thursday’s pregame interview session, the White Sox will not be making another significant move before Friday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline at 3 p.m. CT.
“Yesterday, I told the guys joking around in the dugout, I said, ‘Don’t worry guys, it’s not your fault. It’s my fault for telling Kenny Williams I can win with this ballclub,'” Guillen said. “If you look at the road trip, we were inches away from winning five, six games. The balls don’t bounce our way.
“Ball on the line, inches away, bad pitch, inches away, a line drive yesterday. That’s the way it is. We didn’t play bad; we just have a couple of guys in the middle of the lineup struggling like everybody knows. We’re lucky enough that part of the lineup is producing the way they are right now, we’re pitching well. We just didn’t score enough runs to win. But in a long season, that’s what you’re going to get.”
When asked if his team, sitting one game over .500, was better than a .500 group, Guillen provided another definitive response.
“Yes we are,” Guillen said. “In the beginning of the season was tough. I never thought we’d play .500 by the way we played at the start of the season, to be honest with you.
“But we’re better than that. We started to play better than a .500 team. But .500 isn’t going to win it. If we’re going to win, we have to be over .500 easier because if stay .500 we’re not going to make the playoffs.”
–You have to appreciate the immense talent of Gordon Beckham, who is my pick for American League Rookie of the Year. But you also have to appreciate his zest for the game and his enjoyment at the big league level.
On Wednesday, Beckham told me that he planned to get a jersey and have Derek Jeter sign it for him. Jeter was one of the middle infielders Beckham had and has great respect for as he moved to the Majors.