White Sox GM says it's too early to panic
We’re about 30 minutes away from first pitch here at U.S. Cellular Field, and it’s 39 degrees with a biting wind.
On the bright side, the White Sox were snowed out at Kansas City a week ago, so at least there will be baseball tonight.
The Sox (14-18) and Angels (12-22) play a three-game series, and it’s back out on the road for the South Siders, who just wrapped up a 4-4 trip to Texas, K.C. and New York.
“It's weird, but there's nothing you can do it so you just kind of go with it,” manager Robin Ventura said. “It's like you get home and I'm already packed and ready to go.”
Given their slow start, the last-place White Sox aren’t being given much of a chance to go anywhere in October.
GM Rick Hahn said it’s too early to determine how the season is going to play out, especially with all of the early injuries.
“I think that's a factor, injuries are a factor,” Hahn said. “It's something that everyone has to deal with, but at the same time it's tough to evaluate truly where you sit if you don't have the core group playing together on a regular basis. Hope to have John (Danks) and Gordon (Beckham) back by the end of the month roughly, that'd be nice, and we'll go from there.
"You do have to try to let things unfold and give guys the chance to show their true performance levels over an extended period of time. Obviously, you don’t wait for that indefinitely and you don’t spend the whole summer just waiting around and hoping things are going to get better. But this early on, there’s still the expectation guys are going to return to their previous norms."
-Beckham (fractured hamate bone) took 100 swings off a tee before batting practice and hopes to come off the disabled list on May 24, when the Sox open a three-game home series vs. Miami.
“It's not easy,” said Beckham, who broke his left wrist on April 9 and had surgery one week later. “The team's been struggling a little bit so it's tough to watch it. It's one thing to go through it, because you're out there playing and you understand what everybody's going through. It's given me good perspective and hopefully I come back better for it.”
-Dayan Viciedo (oblique) is back from the DL, and he’ll play left field vs. Los Angeles tonight. Viciedo played in 4 rehab games with Class AAA Charlotte and was 3-for-15 (.200).
“I feel great,” he said through a translator. “I'm ready for the game.”
Jordan Danks was sent back to Charlotte to open a roster spot for Viciedo.
-Tommy Hanson, who was scheduled to start for the Angels tonight, has been placed on the restricted list due to a personal matter.
Relief pitcher Barry Enright (0-1, 9.00 ERA) moves to the rotation and starts vs. the White Sox.