Sox have pitching options in minors
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org July 28, 2013 9:14PM
Updated: July 28, 2013 9:17PM
The White Sox’ minor-league system will get a lot of attention in the coming days if the team looks within to replace right-hander Jake Peavy, who likely will be traded before the non-waiver deadline Wednesday.
‘‘You have to be prepared if something does happen [because] you know one of those guys in the minor leagues is probably going to have to come up and fill a spot,’’ manager Robin Ventura said Sunday.
While Peavy is the primary trade focus, teams also are following reliever Matt Lindstrom. Reliever Jesse Crain, who had been another trade target, still is on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder.
Class AAA Charlotte right-hander Erik Johnson was activated from the disabled list Sunday to start against Gwinnett. Johnson, who is ranked as the Sox’ fourth-best prospect by Baseball America, had been out with a strained groin. He won his last six starts at Class AA Birmingham before being promoted to Charlotte last month. He made only two starts for Charlotte before getting hurt.
The Sox also have others who have pitched well of late, including Class AA left-hander Scott Snodgress and Class AAA right-hander Andre Rienzo, who pitched a no-hitter last week. Snodgress is 3-0 with a 0.33 ERA in his last four starts; Rienzo is 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA in his last three starts.
Head over heels
Second baseman Gordon Beckham’s somersaulting catch of a drifting pop-up Saturday by the Royals’ Miguel Tejada became an instant highlight clip.
‘‘We don’t teach that, but as long as he caught it, I guess it’s better than nothing,’’ a smiling Ventura said. ‘‘It was entertaining, we’ll say. No style points. I don’t give him style points.’’
Doesn’t add up
Left-hander Chris Sale ranks among the top pitchers in the majors in ERA (2.69), but he is 6-10.
According to STATS Inc., he is only the third pitcher since 2010 to have an ERA of 2.69 or lower at the time of his 10th loss. The others were the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez (2.62 in 2010) and the Giants’ Tim Lincecum (2.53 in 2011).
Sale is getting the lowest run support — 2.5 runs per game — of any major-league pitcher.
Glenn Brown traveled from Viola, Ill., to attend the game Saturday. He is 105.
The lifelong Sox fan was born in 1908, the year the Cubs last won the World Series and 11 years before the ‘‘Black Sox’’ scandal. He attended with four generations of his family.