Hoge’s Spring Training Notebook: Guillen Sons Jump The Gun
By Adam Hoge-
GLENDALE, Ariz. (CBS) – It figures that on my first day here at Camelback Ranch, Ozzie Guillen and his sons were the hot topic.
After the Chicago Sun-Times reported Sunday that Kenny Williams and the White Sox former manager had exchanged text messages, Guillen’s sons, Oney and Ozzie Jr., took to Twitter to shoot down the report.
The report said Williams had sent Guillen a text “thanking him for his hard work, saying it saddened him that he left on bad terms.” Guillen replied “by thanking Williams for giving him the opportunity to manage the team he played for.”
Apparently Oney and Ozzie Jr. couldn’t believe the two had actually enjoyed a pleasant exchange – even by text message.
It turns out, it was true and both Guillen sons quickly apologized.
Peavy, Crain Set For Minor-League Game Tuesday
Jake Peavy is scheduled to start a minor league game Tuesday and Jesse Crain will pitch in relief.
Crain has been bothered by a strained oblique and hasn’t pitched in a game since March 12.
Peavy will get his second straight start in a minor league game, only because the White Sox don’t want him to face familiar AL Central opponents. The Cleveland Indians come to Camelback Ranch Tuesday.
Santiago In Closer Mix
One of the biggest storylines this week is what manager Robin Ventura will do with the closer position.
Matt Thornton, Addison Reed and Jesse Crain have been in the mix all spring, but Hector Santiago has emerged recently as a very legitimate option.
Santiago closed out the Giants Sunday and is scheduled to pitch in back-to-back games Wednesday against the Rockies and Thursday against the Dodgers.
Today: At Dodgers
The White Sox won’t have to leave Camelback Monday, but they will be the road team against the Dodgers.
John Danks gets the start and continues to be on track to start opening day in Texas. Ventura hasn’t named his opening day starter yet, but Danks is the presumed favorite and is currently on a schedule that would line him up with an opening day start.
Danks is scheduled for six innings and 96 pitches Monday.
Today’s lineup against Dodgers’ right-hander Chad Billingsley:
- Alejando De Aza – CF
- Brent Morel – 3B
- Alex Rios – RF
- Paul Konerko – 1B
- Adam Dunn – DH
- Alexei Ramirez – SS
- Tyler Flowers – C
- Dayan Viciedo – LF
- Gordon Beckham – 2B