Parade of prospects on display for Sox
BY TONI GINNETTI Staff Reporter September 9, 2013 10:41PM
Houston Astros v Chicago White Sox
Updated: September 10, 2013 12:10AM
The last three weeks of the season will be showcase time for White Sox prospects.
“They’re going to get more [playing] time,” manager Robin Ventura said. “You get these guys — [pitchers Jake] Petricka, [Daniel] Webb — you’re seeing them for the first time. [Infielder Marcus] Semien, you get [catcher Bryan] Anderson in there, and hopefully we’ll get [catcher Miguel] Gonzalez in there, just to see what he does, too.
“There’s just things you start looking at, what the options are for next year and seeing if guys fit in certain roles, and you go from there.”
General manager Rick Hahn said how players “compete, prepare, how they go about their business, how they face adversity’’ will be evaluated, too.
“These are meaningful games for the ballclub across the diamond, and it’s a chance for our guys to show what they are capable of doing in meaningful games and hopefully prepare themselves for when we’re playing games that matter more to us in our standings in the not too distant future,” he said.
Erik Johnson makes his home debut Tuesday after his first career start last week in New York.
“I’m looking forward to it, but it’s just like any other start,’’ he said. “I try to treat each start like that and hopefully I’ll build off my first one and the second one goes as planned.’’
Johnson took the loss in New York, allowing five runs but only three earned on seven hits through six innings.
Avisail Garcia had two teeth pulled Monday, and Ventura said he hoped the outfielder and former Tiger would be back Tuesday.
Pitching coach Don Cooper, who dealt with a recurrence of diverticulitis during the road trip, was back with the team Monday.
Plate umpire Brian Gorman ejected MVP candidate Miguel Cabrera and Tigers manager Jim Leyland in the top of the first inning after Cabrera complained about a check-swing call and Leyland came to his defense.
It was Cabrera’s second ejection this season and Leyland’s fourth.