Ramirez rests; Wilder headed to prison
And during the 132nd game of the season, Alexei Ramirez is finally resting.
The White Sox' shortstop is on the bench for tonight's game against the Astros, and Leury Garcia is taking Ramirez's spot.
Garcia, acquired from the Rangers in the Alex Rios trade, gives the Sox their first legitimate backup shortstop since Angel Sanchez, who went down with a lower back strain in early April before being outrighted in May.
Gordon Beckham was a shortstop in college, but he doesn't have the range to play the position at the major-league level.
Ventura was asked if Ramirez would have gotten a day off earlier in the season if the White Sox had a backup shortstop.
"I would say he would have gotten one," Ventura said. "There are times where you could see he could use a day, where he was fatigued. The way he's playing you give him a day, and with the day off (Thursday) it turns into two, so he can recharge."
-Former director of player personnel David Wilder has been sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pa the White Sox $440,781 in restitution for taking kickbacks from Latin American players.
The story was first reported Wednesday by Bloomberg News.
Wilder was indicted in 2010 and he pled guilty to a single mail fraud count in '11.
"There's not a whole lot I can say to take back what I've done," Wilder reportedly said before being sentenced. "I did a bad thing."
"This has been a painful betrayal for the team," the White Sox said in a statement. "It is a relief to have closed this final chapter today."