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Tuesday thoughts

Many e-mailers and friends of mine, not to mention callers into Chicago sports radio, seem to be ready to drop Gavin Floyd from the rotation. That’s not going to happen any time soon, not with Floyd having agreed to the a four-year, $15.5 million deal during Spring Training, which exhibits the White Sox confidence and commitment to the right-hander. But there also isn’t a natural replacement for Floyd, even if he continues to face disastrous results on the mound.

One thing important for Floyd is that he doesn’t seem to be panicking during these tough times. Floyd always has possessed the talent to be a frontline starter, but it was a changed mindset since he joined the White Sox that helped him rise to a 17-game-winner in 2008. That season could be a one-hit wonder for Floyd, but as long he believes in himself and doesn’t lose that focus, I think he will bounce back. Maybe not to 17 wins but to re-establishing himself as a starter who gives the White Sox a regular chance to win.

–Brian Anderson could be back as soon as this weekend in Toronto. He will go on a brief Minor League rehab assignment first, according to manager Ozzie Guillen. But when I talked to Anderson on Sunday, he said that he felt amazing swinging the bat. Dewayne Wise might start taking batting practice this weekend in Toronto.

— The University of Michigan will be proudly represented in Ohio tonight with Clayton Richard on the mound, Chris Getz at second base and me in the pressbox (clearly the least important of the three in regard to the game’s outcome). White Sox fans are hoping Getz and Richard perform better than the Wolverines have in Columbus over the past five or six years.

Just as a side note, as I was walking through Cleveland’s airport yesterday, I noticed a couple of people shaking their heads as they walked by and a few giving me dirty looks. I don’t really know too many people here, so I didn’t think I had developed any true detractors. Then, I realized I was wearing my University of Michigan hooded sweatshirt in enemy territory. Jeers from Buckeyes’ fans mean little to me.

— How about those Blackhawks? I can’t remember the city being this excited about hockey since the days of the storied rivalry with the Edmonton Oilers featuring Wayne Gretzky, Grant Fuhr, Mark Messier, etc., including the franchise’s Stanley Cup loss to the Penguins. I went to last Tuesday’s game, the last one they lost, and the United Center was beyond electric.

I’m curious how Chicago would celebrate an NHL title, with it having been so long since they even made the playoffs. But I think the Hawks beat the Red Wings in an historic Western Conference final and then win the Stanley Cup.

As one Facebrook friend pointed out to me, I did pick Richard Jenkins to win Best Actor at the Oscars. But I also picked North Carolina to win the NCAA hoops title.

More from the game tonight.

Words from Dewayne Wise

I had a chance to talk with Dewayne Wise for about 10 minutes in the White Sox clubhouse prior to Friday’s game. Wise re-joined the team after going through treatment back in Chicago on his separated right shoulder while the White Sox were on the remainder of their nine-game road trip. Needless to say, Wise is fighting boredom as much as the still present pain.

Wise does not expect to resume baseball activities until the end of May but still expects to be back in action some time in the middle of June, which would be about two months from the injury suffered on April 13 in Detroit. He was greeted by Gavin Floyd during our conversation, the same hurler who Wise basically saved a victory for at Comerica Park with his amazing catch in right-center in the fifth with two runners on base and one out.

To give you an idea of the pain still felt by Wise, who is working on strengthening the muscles around the injured area during his rehab, he was talking about ironing a shirt earlier this past week and how he pulled his arm back suddenly but slowly when his right hand basically got too close to the iron’s heat. Wise said the pain was excruciating.

This whole rehab process would have been even tougher for Wise, including a longer period away from the field, if he had suffered the same injury in his throwing shoulder. He maintains an extremely upbeat attitude and seems to be counting the days until he returns. There’s only so much baseball and other sporting events he can watch on television.

Wise leaves the game

Dewayne Wise left Monday’s game at Comerica Park in the bottom of the fifth inning after the White Sox center fielder made a spectacular diving catch of a Ramon Santiago line drive in right-center. Wise’s grab made it possible for Gavin Floyd to stay in the game and remain in line for the victory over Detroit.

Santiago connected with runners on first and second and one out, and Wise literally out-ran the baseball to prevent extra bases. Wise immediately winced in pain after making the tumbling catch, apparently favoring his right shoulder where he landed. Wise flipped the ball to Jermaine Dye, who threw the ball into the infield, and then called for help from the dugout. After manager Ozzie Guillen and head athletic trainer Herm Schneider checked out Wise, he left the game and was replaced by Brian Anderson.

Wise finished 1-for-3 at the plate on Monday.

Live from Detroit

Having Sunday off and with a day game Monday at Comerica Park, I decided to fly into Detroit early.

I know Detroit gets a bad rap nationally. For those of you who remember the comedy classic Kentucky Fried Movie, there’s a great Detroit reference in there that makes me laugh out loud every time I see it. But the truth is that Detroit is a very underrated city.

Anyway, my flight was delayed an hour once we boarded the plane because according to the pilot, the fuel gauge was not working right and the person on duty did not know how to read the backup gauge so they had to go find another mechanic. I’ll spare the airline’s name because this is such an utterly ridiculous situation.

So, for those keeping track, it was an hour sitting on the plane and then 41 minutes in the air. I arrived at the Renaissance in downtown Detroit and was stunned by the overhaul this place has undergone. New bar/restaurant in the lobby, new workout equipment. If you make the trip to Detroit, this hotel is a good place to stay.

Not many people were staying on Easter Sunday, though. In fact, I was told they were at five percent occupancy for a 70-floor hotel. That’s right–five percent. Business picks up quite a bit over the next few days.

As for the White Sox, the biggest story for me from the first week was Bartolo Colon. I know it’s one start, but the veteran was better than I ever expected. Actually, the pitching in general was impressive. Octavio Dotel might lead the American League in strikeouts without making a start. Ok, not really, but the starting five in the rotation and the back four of Dotel, Matt Thornton, Scott Linebrink and Bobby Jenks in the bullpen have been pretty much everything the White Sox wanted.

The one-two punch at the top of the order in Chris Getz and Josh Fields also seems to have great potential, and Dewayne Wise might just be a better fit at the bottom of the order. I realize White Sox fans wanted more than a 3-3 start at home, but the signs are there for a fairly bright future from just one week.

Before I sleep for a few hours, allow me to make one more point. I didn’t watch the Rock of Love finale because the hotel doesn’t have VH1, but I watched the final clips online. Lame is the word that comes to mind, although I picked Taya from the beginning. Hopefully, this is the last one, although there were some entertaining moments.

One of those days

It did not take long for White Sox fans to voice their displeasure with Dewayne Wise.

After striking out in each of his first three at-bats, the White Sox leadoff man failed on two attempts to drop bunts down with Josh Fields on first and nobody out in the bottom of the eighth inning of Tuesday’s Opening Day contest. Fields represented the tying run, at the time.

But after the White Sox rallied for a 4-2 victory over the Royals, courtesy of Jim Thome’s eighth inning blast, Wise chalked up his first Opening Day start as just one of the many less-than-perfect efforts to come over the course of a 162-game season.

“It’s a part of the game that you have to deal with,” Wise said. “You are going to have games like this, and I told Jim (Thome) after we won that’s what teammates are for, to pick you up like that.

“Coming into this game, I wanted to get a couple of knocks to help this team win. It didn’t work out that way, but I have 24 other guys who picked me up.”

Wise also understood the booing, attributing it to fans wanting their players to perform well. Wise knows a couple of hits on Wednesday will turn those jeers into cheers. Chris Getz, who had two hits in his first Opening Day start, stood strongly in Wise’s corner.

“”I played with Dewayne for a full year last year, and I can tell you he is an extremely talented player,” Getz said. “If he can get comfortable and get going, he will help our team out. It’s just one game out of 162 we play.”

Monday meanderings

Although Jerry Owens is the only individual talking about being placed on waivers Monday, other members of the White Sox organization have talked about where Owens went wrong in his pursuit of the leadoff spot and center field job this spring. Here was Ozzie Guillen’s take after the game.

I was a little disappointed. We have been waiting for him for three years and we give him the job for three years,” Guillen said. “Last year he got hurt.

“It’s unfortunate and a shame this kid didn’t get it done. He has all the tools in the world. Hopefully he stay with us. If not, I wish him the best of luck. He’s a great kid and he played hard for us. Everything didn’t work out the way we thought it was going to work out.”

Let me second Guillen’s comments on Owens being a great kid–always classy and willing to talk, even if things weren’t going his way. From talking with Guillen and general manager Ken Williams, it sounds like a lack of energy contributed to costing him the job at the top.

“Well, everybody has different ways to do things,” Guillen said. “If you are going to act like him, you have to be Harold Baines. The leadoff guy has to give some life and stuff. We talked to him about it a lot of times, but that’s the way he is. That’s his personality. We have to respect that.”

–As far as the present leadoff job goes, Dewayne Wise will fill the role at the season’s outset. But don’t count out Brian Anderson.

“It depends on the matchup and depends on how he swing the bat,” said Guillen of Wise and Anderson. “I think Brian is going to see more at-bats against lefties but we will see how it works out, how good he swing the bat.

“(Wise) swing the bat right now good against everybody and we expect him to continue to do it. But it’s a long season and if some problem happens, Brian will be there to help him.”

–Williams gave plenty of props to young hurlers such as Jack Egbert and Lance Broadway, who turned the final cuts into tough decisions for the White Sox.

Egbert will work out of the bullpen for Triple-A Charlotte, according to Williams. Broadway was in the last round of discusions, as late as Monday morning, as to who the White Sox were going to take with them to Chicago. 

–Remember my NCAA Tournament prediction of Michigan St.-Michigan in the final? I hope I’m completely wrong. I like North Carolina over UConn, at this point.


Final Roster moves

The White Sox offcially got their roster down to 27 by making six cuts on Monday morning. The team optioned pitchers Lance Broadway, Jack Egbert and Jeff Marquez to Triple-A Charlotte, reassigned INF/OF Josh Kroeger and left-handed reliever Randy Williams to Minor League camp and placed infielder Jayson Nix on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quadriceps.

Although the move was not announced, Jerry Owens told a pair of reporters on Monday that he was placed on waivers. The move means that Dewayne Wise and Brian Anderson will be patroling center field for the White Sox. Corky Miller also is expected to be named the White Sox backup catcher, with Donny Lucy returning to Charlotte.

More to come soon.

The gang is all here

For those wondering about those wide-ranging rumors regarding the White Sox possibly acquiring Melky Cabrera, Gary Matthews, Jr. or even Juan Pierre as the team’s leadoff man/center fielder, manager Ozzie Guillen seemed to squelch that talk following Thursday’s 3-1 loss to Arizona at Camelback Ranch.

No, we're not going [outside]," said Guillen, when asked if talk came up centering on names not in camp during the staff's daily meetings. "I don't want that to happen, I don't like that to happen. If we have to go outside the organization right now, gosh, I'm not going to say we're in trouble, but as a ballclub we have enough guys here to resolve that problem.''

So, it looks as if the final two roster spots for position players, assuming Brian Anderson is on the roster, will come from the group of Dewayne Wise, Brent Lillibridge and Jerry Owens. At this point, the White Sox will not take on any more payroll, which rules out a number of potential outside options, unless the offering franchise picks up a bulk of the contract.


This and that

–DeWayne Wise tripled and homered in four at-bats, while Chris Stewart and Sergio Santos both went deep during the Dodgers’ 6-4 victory over the White Sox in Monday’s ‘B’ Game. The White Sox did not bat in the bottom of the ninth because Los Angeles ran out of pitchers. Franklyn German hurled two scorless innings, while Lance Broadway gave up one unearned run and fanned three in two innings.

–Jeff Marquez is scheduled to throw during Tuesday’s day off, probably working against Minor League hitters on one of the White Sox back fields at Camelback Ranch.

–Aaron Poreda worked four innings in relief on Monday, giving up one run and striking out three. This effort follows a strong three-inning stint last Wednesday in Las Vegas against the Cubs.

The big left-hander remains in play for that final spot out of the White Sox bullpen.

“(White sox pitching coach Don Cooper) is going to continue to work with him,” said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen of Poreda, the team’s top pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. “Hopefully, we get the best out of him and see what happens at the end of Spring Training.”

–Brent Lillibridge returned from a bout with the flu and played shortstop in the game against Cleveland, with Chris Getz playing second. Jayson Nix remains out of action with a sore right quad.

Getz’s three-run, inside-the-park home run hit in the second showed me he’s get a second gear speed-wise that I didn’t really get a chance to see last year. Getz shows good patience at the plate, and although Guillen does not want to add more pressure to what he already has, could Getz be a leadoff hitter? I think he could.

–Is this something–the White Sox are 0-5 against American League teams and 6-2 against the National League during 2009 Cactus League action.

–My original pick was Teya to win Rock of Love: Charm School Bus or whatever it’s called. I think Mindy is closing fast.




Camelback Ranch Leftovers

Paul Konerko addressed a wide array of topics after playing in Sunday’s stadium opener, including the soreness near his right thumb that plagued him throughout the 2008 season. The White Sox first baseman said he wouldn’t wait as long to get a pain-killing shot this year, because of how much better the thumb felt after getting one last year.

I won’t wait 25 games, play like that,” Konerko said. “I would get the shot in the spring. Also, that’s not a shot you want to get more than twice a year. But it felt really good last year after the shot, and that’s something I’m kicking myself about.

“You always think you can just get through, hot and cold [treatment] and all of that. It’s been there since I was young, so it’s not going away, but I’m at the point where I would get it done early, get on my way, and then get one later in the year if I would need it. Hopefully not.”

Konerko said the thumb injury is one that’s always there, but one he has to keep an eye on. So far, so good for him during Spring Training, including “getting absolutely blown up inside” during a Sunday at-bat and suffering no after-effects.

–Konerko on one major personal beneift of the White Sox moving to Glendale:

” Believe me when it comes to Spring Training and the fact that I'm living at home, you won't really hear me complain," said Konerko, who resides with his family in North Scottsdale.

--Gordon Beckham's ninth-inning home run led one reporter to ask if his swing reminded Ozzie Guillen of any more established player. Guillen came up with Cubs Hall-of-Famer Ryne Sandberg. Not much to live up to there for the eighth pick overall in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.

--Here are the players set to make the two-day trip to Las Vegas as of Sunday, with the White Sox leaving Wednesday morning.

They are Chris Getz, Jermaine Dye, DeWayne Wise, Josh Fields, Jerry Owens, Konerko, A.J. Pierzynski, Cole Armstrong, Wilson Betemit, Ben Broussard, Tyler Flowers, Michael Restovich, Josh Kroeger, Jayson Nix, Eider Torres and Sergio Santos.

John Danks starts Wednesday night. Jeff Marquez starts Thursday afternoon.