Sox send lefty Will Ohman packing
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org June 27, 2012 9:12PM
Updated: July 29, 2012 5:15PM
MINNEAPOLIS — Left-hander Will Ohman was cut loose by the White Sox after the veteran left-hander’s rough two-inning mop-up relief job in Wednesday’s 12-5 win against the Minnesota Twins.
Ohman, with a 6.41 ERA in 34 appearances, gave up three runs on a homer, walk and two hit batters in the eighth and ninth innings. He appeared shaken but composed as he received well-wishes from teammates.
The Sox will make a corresponding move before Thursday’s game and designate Ohman for assignment. If he clears waivers, he’ll be released.
Possible replacements include left-handers Donnie Veal (1-2, 1.62 ERA), Leyson Septimo (2-1, 1.48 ERA) and Charlie Leesman (7-5, 2.16) have pitched well at AAA Charlotte.
Ohman was in the last year of a two-year contract that pays him $2.5 million this season.
Turning the corner
Paul Konerko said the worst appears to be over. The .333 hitter, who got the day off with Gordon Beckham and Dayan Viciedo, said his 0-for-3 on Tuesday (he has one hit in his last 17 at-bats) was a good one.
“Actually I feel good,’’ Konerko said, calling Tuesday’s sequence of at-bats his best in a long time. He walked and flied out three times.
Konerko said the left wrist that caused him to miss two games in early June has felt good for more than a week.
“The last two or three days, I wouldn’t change a thing,” he said. “A week or so ago, there were some at-bats I gave away, not being smart or swinging the bat well. The last couple of days I really did everything I wanted to do.’’
Big Apple stage
Dylan Axelrod will have to block out that he’s pitching at Yankee StadiumThursday night.
“It’s one of the biggest stages you can pitch on,’’ he said. “You can make it more than it is if you have the wrong mentality. That’s the trick. I’m pumped.”
As a kid, Axelrod was a fan of baseball history, studying his father’s baseball card collection that included players as far back as the 1950s.
He knows the 2012 Yankees will have studied him by Thursday night.
“They’re going to see patterns, so I’m going to try and vary everything I do’’ from his Saturday start against the Brewers when he allowed five runs over 51/3 innings.
Orlando Hudson returned to familiar surroundings at second base and had two hits. Alex Rios knows the value of the comfort zone, too. Rios continues to shine in right field after a not-so-great 2011 in center. Rios made a game-saving catch above the right-field fence on Sunday, a running shoestring-level catch to his left on Monday and a nice running catch to his right on Tuesday.
“It’s my spot,’’ Rios said.
“When I made the catch [Sunday] I didn’t do anything offensively that day. I take a lot of pride in making those kind of plays when it helps the team win.’’