News and notes before the White Sox play the Nationals at the Cell this afternoon and shoot for their 18th interleague series win:
-John Danks talked a few minutes ago and said his strained right oblique is feeling much better today than Saturday, when the injury forced him from the game with two outs in the second inning.
Nonetheless, Danks was just placed on the 15-day disable list.
Left-hander Hector Santiago had his contract purchased from Class AA Birmingham to take Danks’ spot.
Splitting the season between Class A Winston-Salem and Birmingham this season, the 23-year-old Santiago was 6-5 with a 4.08 ERA in 14 starts. He is likely to be the Sox’ long reliever.
-Jake Peavy was feeling good Sunday, a day after making his first-ever relief appearance in the majors and throwing 55 pitches over 4 shutout innings.
Peavy also threw 104 pitches in Wednesday's start against the Cubs, which is quite a workload for a pitcher who's had so much trouble staying healthy the past few seasons.
Still, as of now, Peavy is scheduled to make his next start on four days rest, Thursday at Colorado.
-In case you're wondering why Omar Vizquel is playing shortstop for the Sox today, he's a career 12-for-25 (.480) vs. Nationals starter Livan Hernandez.
-To the blog guy who is basking in the attention I gave him with today's Dayan Viciedo story ... http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20110625/sports/706259864/ ...here are a few questions:
*Do you also believe the White Sox intentionally have kept Viciedo in the minors the past three seasons because they didn't want him to become arbitration eligible, which would have cost the Sox an extra $1 million on his 2012 contract?
*Do you really believe after spending over $125 million on payroll this year, the White Sox would keep Viciedo down at Class AAA Charlotte this long so he won't be eligible for free agency until 2017 instead of 2016?
*Yes, I had to use a source on the Viciedo story, which I rarely if ever do, but isn't that how you came up with your Viciedo angle? Or was it just speculation on your part?
*Continuing, when was the last time you were at the Cell, or anywhere?
*Finally, do you think Ozzie has suddenly decided to lie? He is the manager of the team and he's been pretty adamant about protecting the one guy, Juan Pierre, who Viciedo would have to replace.
If it were up to me, which it isn't, I would have cut ties with Pierre by now and had Viciedo in the lineup.
Ozzie manages the team and he doesn't want Viciedo yet. Or, general manager Kenny Williams hasn't yet been able to come up with a move to clear a spot for Viciedo.
Let me stress this again, to suggest the White Sox would purposely keep Viciedo in the minors due to a contract issue immediately tells me you don't know how this team does business.
The Sox aren’t the Pirates or the Marlins or the Royals.
Pierre - LF
Vizquel - SS
Quentin - RF
Konerko - 1B
Dunn - DH
Rios - CF
Pierzynski - C
Teahen - 3B
Beckham - 2B
Humber - RHP
Bernadina - CF
Werth - RF
Zimmerman - 3B
Nix - DH
Morse - 1B
Espinosa - 2B
Ramos - C
Hairston - LF
Cora - SS
Hernandez - RHP