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Hudson makes debut in Majors

With a 94 mph, four-seam fastball delivered outside the strike zone to Josh Reddick to open the seventh inning during Friday’s 12-2 victory over Boston at U.S. Cellular Field, Daniel Hudson officially began work for his fifth team this season.

“Yeah, it’s pretty cool,” Hudson said. “It’s kind of crazy, but I’m pretty happy.”

Hudson, 22, made his Major League debut for the White Sox by hurling two scoreless innings. The right-hander hit one batter, didn’t allow a hit and struck out Brian Anderson looking.

Before the big-league promotion, Hudson had pitched for Class A Kannapolis (1-2, 1.23 ERA), Class A Winston-Salem (4-3, 3.40), Double-A Birmingham (7-0, 1.60) and Triple-A Charlotte (2-0, 3.00). He posted a 14-5 mark with a 2.32 ERA over 26 combined starts.

Arriving with the White Sox for the fifth-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft stands as the ultimate accomplishment.

“It’s pretty crazy going out there for the first time,” Hudson said. “You have an adrenaline rush and you try to keep that in the back of your head and go out and throw strikes, especially being up so big.”

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen liked what he saw from Hudson, to the point that Hudson might be used again in relief or as a spot-starter if the White Sox fall a greater distance out of contention. Hudson remains ready for any role, although the bullpen does take a bit of an adjustment.

“I’ve never relieved before but I think I can do it pretty well,” Hudson said. “You just have to make sure you are loose before you go in the game.

–For those who still care, general manager Ken Williams does not get regular updates on Bartolo Colon and doesn’t really know his exact whereabouts. It’s not exactly a thrilling situation for Williams.

“Does it bother me? A little bit. A little bit,” said Williams in sardonic tones, indicating it bothers him more than just a little.

Colon also took off on the Red Sox in 2008 when he was moved to the bullpen, but Williams seemed surprised by his 2009 disappearing act after getting put on the disabled list on July 25 with right elbow inflammation.

“Yes, I’m surprised by it,” Williams said. “But what are you going to do?”

–Guillen credited everyone from his family to his coaches to his players to his bosses after picking up career win No. 500. Then, he made this bold statement.

“Hopefully, I sit one day here and talk about my 2,000th,” Guillen said.

He then paused and broke into laughter.

“I ain’t gonna manage that long,” said a smiling Guillen. “I don’t know about 600.”

–Jermaine Dye has missed the last two days with a sore back. Mark Kotsay filled in nicely with three hits, three RBIs and an outfield assist.

–Ken ‘Hawk’ Harrelson, the entertaining White Sox television play-by-play voice, turned 68 on Friday, getting a birthday visit from White Sox mascot Southpaw during the game. Guillen jokingly guessed 96 as Hawk’s age, before wishing him a heartfelt happy birthday.

Thursday tidbits

Stop me if you’ve heard this tale before.

Bartolo Colon is out of action, on the disabled list with soreness in his right elbow, this time. And Ozzie Guillen is not really sure where the burly right-hander currently is rehabbing.

“No, he’s not here,” said Guillen with a laugh. “That’s hard to find out. That’s the hardest question you ask me, where is Colon?”

Guillen doesn’t see Colon pitching for the White Sox “in the next 20 days” because he has to go on rehab assignments again. Don’t look for Colon to work for the White Sox again this year, unless Jose Contreras continues to struggle, not with Jake Peavy and Freddy Garcia coming back from injuries, and Minor Leaguer Carlos Torres probably providing the same level of efficiency as the veteran.

–Shortstop Alexei Ramirez will return to the lineup on Friday against Cleveland and southpaw starter Jeremy Sowers. Ramirez conceivably could end up hitting ninth against right-handed pitchers, with Guillen not wanting to put the left-handed hitting Chris Getz and Scott Podsednik back-to-back in the lineup.

Gordon Beckham stays in the second spot until further notice.

“Every time we change the lineup, I try to get the guy hot,” Guillen said. “The day I did it with Ramirez was just because he was swinging the bat better, and plus batting second he’s going to see better pitches. That’s why I did it there. Right now, I’m going to give the most at bats to my best hitter.”

–Asked before the game, Guillen found it hard to name a season-long MVP for his team.

“Wow. They’re not playing that good. They’re not playing that bad,” Guillen said. “I think this month, Beckham. I think PK (Paul Konerko) and JD (Jermaine Dye) are playing unbelievable.

“They’re playing well. And the pitching staff, even with Mark Buehrle doing what he did, I think Matt Thornton. Matt has been our savior. There’s no doubt about it. Matt is having a tremendous year.”

–Here’s a couple quotes from Mark Buehrle, who seemingly did his one millionth post perfect game interview today on the Waddle and Silvy show on ESPN 1000 in Chicago.

On the recently concluded Mark Buehrle Appreciation Series:

“To me, it’s kinda weird because you don’t usually get appreciated until you retire,” Buehrle said. “They actually asked me to throw out the first pitch one game. I told them I’d still catch it but I don’t care to throw out a first pitch until I’m retired. It’s hectic and I’ve obviously been doing a lot of stuff. But it’s been well worth it.”

On the ramifications of the Peavy deal:

“Obviously, the (Padres) kept coming up and telling him he had to be moved,” Buehrle said. “But I think (John) Danks and Gavin (Floyd) and I have talked and if not this year then for next year we’re excited when he’s healthy and gets back having us four guys from the start of next season.

“Hopefully, he comes back healthy this year and we can get back in the playoffs and it’ll be a fun run. But we got some good things to look forward to the next couple of years.”

On how he would like his next perfect game celebrated:

“By not talking to the media,” Buehrle said. “Is that possible?”

Bartolo Colon out; Randy Williams up

Bartolo Colon was placed on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation retroactive to July 25, prior to Wednesday night’s series finale at the Metrodome, which basically means Clayton Richard’s exit from the starting rotation amounted to absolutely zero skipped starts.

My best guess is Gavin Floyd, who pitched Saturday in Detroit, will work the series opener against the Yankees on Thursday and Richard will pitch on Friday–both on regular rest. That leaves John Danks for Saturday and Mark Buehrle against CC Sabathia in a Sunday classic.

Ozzie Guillen didn’t want to go without a second left-hander out of the bullpen, so Randy Williams had his contract purchased from Triple-A Charlotte to replace Colon. Actually, with Matt Thornton home with his wife for the birth of their daughter, the White Sox had been going without a first lefty in the series.

There’s no doubt Richard has earned the right to stay in the rotation, and I’m guessing Colon might have made his last pitch for the White Sox. But that’s purely a guess on my part, and I guessed that before and was wrong, even with Freddy Garcia getting himself ready in the Minor Leagues.

Williams was one of the surprises of Spring Training as a non-roster invite. So, we will see how the southpaw produces now that he has joined the White Sox.

Eight-man rotation? Not likely

I have to give credit to Mark Gonzales, my esteemed White Sox beat writing colleague and friend from the Chicago Tribune, for coming up with a funny image following Sunday’s 5-1 White Sox victory over Detroit.

Gonzales was talking about the picture from the 2005 White Sox World Series championship run that had all the starting pitchers holding baseballs with their arm outstretched in a group shot. He suggested if the White Sox took that same picture at this point this year, there might be eight guys in the picture.

Let’s see, there’s Mark Buehrle, John Danks, Gavin Floyd and Jose Contreras. Then, there’s Bartolo Colon and Clayton Richard, and don’t forget Freddy Garcia getting back into pitching form with Class A Kannapolis, and Carlos Torres looking pretty solid in his one start for the White Sox. Even Aaron Poreda started for Charlotte after being optioned down, so his time can’t be too far away.

Has any Major League team ever gone to an eight or nine-man rotation? With the way Ozzie Guillen likes to match up out of the bullpen, there’s no way the White Sox will go one short in relief and even have a six-man starting staff.

But with two straight strong outings under his belt, I don’t see how Richard can be moved back to the bullpen. Some would argue how Richard has been great for two starts, but where was he the eight prior to that one? He could be just as helpful as the second southpaw in relief. In this sort of tight division race, though, you have to ride the hot hand.

So, who becomes the expendable piece? I would say Colon, with all due respect to the highly successful veteran right-hander. He looked sharp on Friday, but I think you can get what he provides from Richard or even Garcia down the line. The problem for Colon is he can’t work in relief, and I’m not sure if the White Sox are ready to cut ties with him.

It should be an interesting call to make. Then again, Richard’s trade value probably never will be as high as it is right now.

Having too many quality starters certainly is a good problem to have.

Rotation alteration?

Friday’s second-game start for Bartolo Colon at Comerica Park could have some interesting ramifications beyond the fact that a solid outing could lead the White Sox back into a first-place tie with the Tigers.

If Colon pitches well, there’s a good chance he’ll move back into the starting rotation as the team’s fifth man behind Mark Buehrle, Gavin Floyd, John Danks and Jose Contreras. Clayton Richard, who has a 60-40 chance to start Sunday, according to pitching coach Don Cooper, would move to the bullpen.

“Yes, Clayton would go to the bullpen,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. “I need a lefty in the bullpen. Hopefully we will have Danks to throw on his normal days. That’s what we think.”

Cooper said they would know more about Danks and the troublesome blister on his left index finger later on Friday. If he’s healthy, Danks would go Monday at the Metrodome. If he’s unable to go, Danks could go on the disabled list retroactive to July 18 and Carlos Torres could come back up to replace him.

Guillen also pointed out as to how Colon will not be judged by Friday’s performance alone in regard to his rotation re-entrance.

“I don’t want to say Colon is going to throw one game and see what happens,” Guillen said. “That’s not fair. But he has to bring more to the table. We need him or someone else to step up and pitch good in that spot.”

Colon could not be used out of the bullpen, in Guillen’s estimation. Richard would give the White Sox a second left-hander with Matt Thornton.

Taking the fifth

After the minor uproar involving the entertaining ‘Where’s Bartolo’ saga from the past week, Bartolo Colon took the mound Thursday night for Triple-A Charlotte and actually threw the ball fairly well, according to manager Ozzie Guillen.

“The control was outstanding, his velocity was not there and he threw more breaking balls,” said Guillen of Colon, who gave up one run on two hits over five innings during the Knights’ 7-1 victory over Norfolk “That’s it. You know the way Colon is. He’s like, ‘OK, let me go out and do it.’ It was nothing impressive, but it was good.”

Guillen’s initial report on Colon, who walked two, struck out one and threw 40 of his 65 pitches for strikes, came from his son Oney, an employee of the White Sox organization currently located in Charlotte. Oney added that Colon threw some breaking balls on 3-2 pitches, a mixture of fastballs and off-speed offerings the White Sox wanted to see from the burly right-hander before Colon even was considered for a return to the Majors.

With Colon still a few starts away, though, Clayton Richard will remain in the White Sox rotation at the start of the second half. It looks as if Mark Buehrle will start the second half for the White Sox, followed by John Danks, either Gavin Floyd or Jose Contreras and then Richard. This alignment leaves three southpaws in line for the lefty-heavy Tampa Bay lineup at home and sets up Contreras for the four-game set in Detroit.

Richard lasted just four batters into the second inning of Thursday’s loss to the Indians, giving up six runs on four hits and three walks.

“Yeah, so far, we don’t have any choice,” Guillen said. “A lot of people talk about him, but when we talk about (John) Danks and (Gavin) Floyd, we were in (2007), we were not in the pennant race.

“We’re trying to get this guy under the belt, but in the meanwhile we have to win some games. We watched some video (on Richard), we don’t have any better choice. We have to see how Bartolo is doing, but for right now I’m supporting (Richard).”

As for Freddy Garcia, who is currently working out in Charlotte, Guillen doesn’t believe the big-game hurler is quite ready.

“I talked to him a couple of days about it,” said Guillen of Garcia. “I talked to Oney about it. He’s throwing the ball very well. But I don’t think Freddy has turned the corner yet.”

Colon update

The big right-hander just arrived in Charlotte and will make his rehab start as scheduled tonight against Norfolk.

Bartolo and Freddy

During the 6 p.m. sportscast on Wednesday of the local Chicago NBC affiliate, the station ran a headshot of Bartolo Colon that was made up to look like Waldo, the famous character kids are trying to find in various books. In this instance, the caption read, ‘Where’s Bartolo?’

Colon apparently was found on Wednesday and was reported to be heading from the Dominican Republic to Charlotte for a scheduled injury rehab start with the Knights on Thursday night. Well, here’s the update.

As of Thursday afternoon, two sources told me that Colon had not yet been seen in Charlotte but was expected to be there and make his scheduled start–weather permitting. Barring an excused sort of absence, it clearly would behoove Colon to show up for this trip to the mound if he has any hope or intentions of pitching for the White Sox again this year. Colon has been out of action since June 7, sidelined by left knee inflammation.

Meanwhile, as Clayton Richard continues to struggle as part of the starting rotation, don’t discount Freddy Garcia from making a return to the White Sox rotation at some point in the second half of the season. The right-hander, who was such a valuable piece to the team’s 2005 World Series run, reportedly has looked good during his program to get back into pitching shape, after being bothered by shoulder problems for the past two seasons. Garcia, 34, agreed to a Minor League deal with the White Sox on June 8 of this season.

Hey, the back to the future move certainly has paid huge dividends with the return of Scott Podsednik.

In search of Colon

MISSING: A right-handed pitcher with a 153-103 career record, who checks in roughly as 5-foot-11, 250 pounds. If found, please return Bartolo Colon to Charlotte, where he is scheduled to pitch for the Triple-A Knights.

Apparently, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and general manager Ken Williams both need a little help in the locating process where the veteran hurler is concerned.

“I know where he is supposed to be right now,” said Williams with a smile when talking about Colon on Tuesday. “He’s supposed to be in Charlotte, preparing to start on Thursday.

“Efforts to contact his agent have been successful. Their efforts to contact their client have not been so successful. The bottom line is if he’s out there and ready to go on Thursday and can show a better mix of fastballs to breaking ball ratio…”

Williams then went on to discuss the chances of the 36-year-old still fitting into the rotation. If he is to have any sort of chance at coming back, since being sidelined on June 8 with left knee inflammation, Colon won’t be able to solely rely on his fastball. That plan might have worked five or six years ago, when Colon still was throwing in the mid to high 90s. It doesn’t hold the same water with his fastball at 89.

“As you know, there was not enough of a mix,” Williams said. “Listen, he’s ready to go in terms of competing. But if he gets to the point where he’s ready to mix in more of his breaking balls, he’s got a place here. If he doesn’t, he doesn’t have a place here.”

Williams went as far as to list Colon as a potential starting candidate for the split doubleheader in Detroit on July 24. Of course, the White Sox have to first find Colon this week.

“Only he can dictate when he’s going to be ready for that,” Williams said. “He’s been rehabbing down in Phoenix, and we will see if he’s in Charlotte on Thursday and if he starts. If he’s in Charlotte on Thursday and he starts, then we’ve got him on the program we want him to be on and he’ll be a candidate for the doubleheader on July 24.

“Otherwise, somebody will take the mound. This train is going to keep rolling.”

Poreda to be called up

For the second time in the last six days, the White Sox are turning to a top recent draft pick to infuse a little life into their struggling team.

Aaron Poreda, the White Sox top pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, will be added to the team’s 25-man-roster prior to Tuesday’s contest with the Tigers, officially called up from Double-A Birmingham. The hard-throwing left-hander talked about the promotion on the Waddle and Silvy Show on ESPN 1000 in Chicago Tuesday morning.

“I’d say I’m more excited than nervous,” Poreda said. “I’m excited to be in any kind of situation. Just being here is enough for me.

“I want to be doing what I’ve been doing all year long. Try to throw strikes, pound the zone. Use the secondary stuff, my slider and change up I’ve been developing. Really just go after hitters.”

Poreda, 22, figures to join the White Sox starting rotation, although he did pitch in relief during the Arizona Fall League and during Spring Training in Glendale. The addition of Poreda leaves a glut at the back end of the rotation, behind Mark Buehrle, Gavin Floyd and John Danks.

Jose Contreras made a triumphant return in the nightcap of Monday’s split doubleheader with Detroit, allowing one hit over eight scoreless innings, and Clayton Richard has impressed the White Sox during his six-start stint–despite control issues in his last two starts. Bartolo Colon has lost five of his last six decisions and received criticism from manager Ozzie Guillen on Sunday for not using an effective secondary pitch behind his fastball with a velocity in the high 80s.

Poreda had a 5-4 record with a 2.38 ERA in 11 starts for the Barons, last throwing six scoreless innings against Montgomery on Friday, June 5.

His promotion follows Gordon Beckham, the team’s top selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, to the Majors. Beckham, who was the eighth pick overall last year, was called up by the White Sox last Thursday and is 0-for-13 since his arrival, although he did reach base on Monday via a walk.

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