Chris Sale caps off game by pranking teammate Scott Carroll
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter June 19, 2014 10:40PM
Updated: July 21, 2014 4:15PM
MINNEAPOLIS — Right-hander Scott Carroll’s phone was buzzing while the White Sox waited for their charter to take off Wednesday for Minneapolis. Chris Sale, in one postgame showcase, had pranked Carroll and publicized the rookie’s co-owned DoodleHats.com website all in one video.
Sale wore one of the cheesy caps — manufactured for the erasable purpose of doodling a message, ad, statement or whatever else above the bill — while being interviewed after the game Wednesday in Chicago.
Carroll, 29, who has distributed the caps around the clubhouse, at first was appreciative of the plug. And then he realized Sale had scribbled Carroll’s personal phone number with “call me” beneath it.
“You’ll see,’’ Sale said when asked by reporters about the number. “Just give it a call.”
Carroll said he received hundreds of calls and that his phone didn’t stop ringing till 3 a.m. Thursday. He said he received more than 50 voicemails along the lines of “Chris Sale told me to call this number, call me back.”
“I’m still debating if I have to change my number,’’ Carroll said.
The hats, in various colors, sell for $19.95, and if Sale’s prank/plug drums up a little business, Carroll might find it hard to retaliate.
“Revenge is a dish best served cold,’’ Carroll said. “We’ll see. He always has the upper hand. I’m the rookie. I’m just making sure I don’t step on any toes. It’s all in good fun.’’
Jones hopes for August return
Recovering right-hander Nate Jones (hip) and right fielder Avisail Garcia (torn labrum) are with the club on the road trip. Garcia won’t play this season, but Jones, a key piece to the bullpen the last two seasons, said he will be back, hopefully by August.
Jones underwent a surgical procedure May 5 to take pressure off nerves and relieve back pain. He has been running sprints up to 120 feet, throwing at 140 to 150 feet and throwing 10 to 15 pitches off flat ground.
“I feel like we’re getting closer, that’s for sure,’’ Jones said. “But no date has been set.
“It’s all on how my body reacts. If all goes well — and this is a complete guess, and there has been no talk or anything — I would think late July or August.’’
What this trip means
After this 11-game road trip that goes through Minnesota, Baltimore and Toronto, the Sox will be past the halfway point of their season and should have a good handle on whether they shape up as a contending team. Manager Robin Ventura wanted no part of making this a high-stakes trip, though.
“Anytime you start going down that road, every guy looks at every game like it’s the end of the world,’’ Ventura said. “We want to win games and do those things, and that’s the most important thing right now, but I don’t want them focused on the wrong stuff.’’
Veterans likely would become expendable in trades if the Sox fade between now and the July 31 trade deadline.
“That’s what I mean by either they’re into the time here or going somewhere else [traded],’’ Ventura said. “Don’t sit there and try to think about all this other stuff you can’t control. Just play.’’
Makeup date set
The Tigers-Sox rainout on June 10 at U.S. Cellular Field will be made up as part of a split doubleheader Aug. 30.