Mark Parent on son: He has to suffer consequences
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter August 30, 2013 11:16PM
Updated: October 1, 2013 6:52AM
BOSTON — As a father and White Sox coach, Mark Parent found himself in a tough and embarrassing spot Friday, answering questions about his son Nick’s 50-day suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.
“He’s got to be his own man,’’ Parent said. ‘‘He has to suffer his own consequences. I’ll give him all the advice I can in the offseason to help him get further in his career. The bottom line is he has to sit out after tonight 48 more games. That’s not good.’’
A 36th-round draft pick in June, Parent was suspended Thursday after testing positive for metabolites of the anabolic steroid Stanozolol. Parent said his son, a catcher, took it because “he was trying to lose weight and took the wrong stuff, I guess. He’s not sure what it was.
“But you have to be a little bit more intelligent about those kinds of things. It just goes to show you, no matter who you are, you break the rules, you break the rules.’’
Parent said his son used to laugh when players who tested positive said they didn’t know what they were taking.
“It’s another lesson learned,’’ he said. “Take care of your own stuff. Take care of your own business. He made a mistake, and he’s going to pay for it.’’
Parent said his son, who was batting .114, was very disappointed.
“He has to be accountable for knowing what you can take and what you can’t take,’’ Parent said. “I’ve told him that there’s no substitute for hard work. You go out and bust your butt and do the work. You don’t need help, especially when you’re 23.’’
Manager Robin Ventura said a couple of players will be called up on Sunday and a couple more shortly after when rosters expand in September. Right-handers Erik Johnson and Daniel Webb and left-hander Charlie Leesman are good possibilities. Bryan Anderson is a good bet as an extra catcher. Hector Gimenez is injured.
Three spots are open on the 40-man roster and a fourth could be opened if Brian Omogrosso is moved to the 60-day disabled list.
Viciedo’s shipment has come in
After having success with Adam Dunn’s bigger bats, Dayan Viciedo ordered up a set of his own. Viciedo, who was swinging a 33½-inch, 31½-ounce model, is hacking with 34½ inches and 33 ounces.
The extra weight should help Viciedo keep his lower half quieter, Dunn said, and the extra length is helping him cover the outside part of the plate.
“I feel like I’m getting to balls I wasn’t getting to,’’ Viciedo said. “I’m going to keep using it.’’
Viciedo also likes the overall feel of the new club.
“The bat has good balance,’’ he said.
Return for Crain will be ‘minimal’
A month after acquiring All-Star reliever Jesse Crain from the Sox, the Tampa Bay Rays probably don’t expect to see him pitch at all for them. Crain remains on the disabled list with the sore shoulder that made the deal contingent on how much he pitched for the Rays.
The Rays won’t be left holding the bag, though.
“If Crain doesn’t pitch again this year, out of fairness, our return would be minimal,’’ general manager Rick Hahn said.
The Rays gave up a player to be named or cash considerations.