Sox reliever Brian Omogrosso caught in no man’s land
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org May 19, 2013 9:12PM
Chicago White Sox pitcher Brian Omogrosso races into pitch against the Minnesota Twins in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 15, 2013, in Minneapolis. The White Sox won 9-4. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Updated: May 19, 2013 9:38PM
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Reliever Brian Omogrosso got some extra running in Saturday, but not the kind he would care to repeat.
Omogrosso had been told he was starting the bottom of the eighth
inning of the White Sox’ 12-9 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. But when he got about halfway to the infield on his jog in from the bullpen, he put on the brakes, turned around and went back to the pen.
The Sox had scored five runs in the top of the inning to pull to 10-9, and manager Robin Ventura changed his mind and sent Donnie Veal, who had been roughed up in the seventh, back out to start the eighth. Problem was, Omogrosso didn’t know about it.
‘‘I got halfway through the outfield, and I saw Donnie [on the mound],’’ Omogrosso said. ‘‘He looked at me, and we both kind of held up for a second. I was like, ‘Oh, s---.’ The fans got a good laugh out of it.’’
Omogrosso was able to laugh, too.
‘‘One of those miscommunications things,’’ he said. ‘‘It happens. It wasn’t as bad as what happened in Houston, right?’’
That was a reference to the
umpires allowing Astros manager Bo Porter to pull reliever Wesley Wright before he faced a batter. That one, which also involved the Angels, was no laughing matter.
‘‘I’m able to laugh at myself,’’ said Omogrosso, who allowed two runs in two innings Sunday. ‘‘It sucks, but what are you going to do?
[Fellow reliever] Jesse [Crain] said, ‘I’ve never seen that before.’
‘‘For me, that made two things I never saw happen on a baseball field before — somebody milking a cow [Sox reliever Nate Jones and Angels reliever Ryan Brasier before the game Friday] and then that.’’