DL doings; WBC returnees; '42'
GLENDALE, Ariz. - The White Sox used 10 rookie pitchers last season, and most of them performed well.
There is plenty of pitching depth in the organization, and that's a good thing at the moment.
Yesterday, manager Robin Ventura said starter John Danks (shoulder surgery) is going to open the season the disabled list. The left-hander is likely to pitch with Class AAA Charlotte until he gets his strength and touch back.
While nothing has been officially announced, it looks like Dylan Axelrod is going to fill in for Danks.
The other candidate, Hector Santiago, is likely to remain in the bullpen as the long reliever.
Speaking of the bullpen, Jesse Crain suffered a right adductor strain in the third exhibition game of the spring and is still dealing with the injury.
Crain pitched 1 inning in a minor-league game Wednesday and was not feeling too good this morning.
"Discomfort is more the way to put it, I wouldn't say pain," said Crain, who was also injured for long stretches last year. "It was something that was affecting me, wouldn't allow me to finish my pitches and put as much on it as I normally would. It was frustrating just because it's been about three weeks, so I'm battling through it and not all the way there yet. Hopefully it's part of the process of it healing."
Crain said opening the season on the DL with Danks is a definite possibility.
"Obviously, if it doesn't pick up soon, I'd imagine (yes)," Crain said.
Addison Reed, Matt Thornton, Nate Jones, newcomer Matt Lindstrom, Donnie Veal and Santiago are all secure in the bullpen. Brian Omogrosso is a good option to replace Crain.
"I got a chance to pitch up here last year and I think I showed what I can do," said Omogrosso, who had a 2.57 ERA in 17 games. "If I am Plan B, that's fine with me."
This spring, Omogrosso has not allowed a run in 10.2 Cactus League innings.
-Right fielder Alex Rios and center fielder Alejandro De Aza are back in camp after playing the World Baseball Classic.
In Tuesday's championship game, DeAza and the Dominican Republic beat Rios and Puerto Rico.
"Probably, (De Aza) will give me a hard time, but they had a great team from top to bottom," Rios said. "They had a great lineup and their pitching was good, too. It was weird because you expect him to play on your team."
De Aza and Rios are both in today's lineup for the White Sox, who play the Brewers at Camelback Ranch.
-Had the pleasure of attending the screening of "42" Wednesday night with several members of the White Sox, including chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.
Reinsdorf is a Brooklyn native and he remembers watching Jackie Robinson break baseball's color barrier while playing for the Dodgers at Ebbets Field.
“Brooklyn was the perfect place for the first black ballplayer,” Reinsdorf said after the movie. “It was a melting pot. I’ve got to see this picture again. This was just awesome.
“(Robinson) was not the best ballplayer I ever saw but he was the most exciting ballplayer I ever saw.”