Spring Training is mostly underway, with positive vibes coming from every corner of the Chicago White Sox clubhouse.
The only real concern on the Sox is the health of pitcher Jake Peavy. In plain English, Peavy tore the shoulder muscle off the bone. That is an injury that no MLB pitcher, or player for that matter, has ever suffered. You would like to see him revert back to his dominate self, but right now no one knows. The Sox expect him back by mid April, but that timetable is open ended. Peavy is a lot more serious this year, which is not to say he wasn’t in prior years. I think suffering the first big injury of his career has scared him, so he has no time for fooling around.
For those of you expecting Chris Sale to take Peavys spot in the rotation, think again. Sale, and his dominate stuff, will be in the pen. We will vie for the closers role, but I think the Sox will go with Matt Thornton most of the time. Chicago has hinted around at going with a bullpen by committee. Life without Bobby Jenks will be dicey for awhile.
Mark Buehrle and John Danks are still the same. 2 fun lefthanders, who know how to get ready for the season, while enjoying the looseness of spring training.
That leaves Edwin Jackson. So far I’ve never seen a player smile as much as Jackson. If his intensity is as strong as his smile, other teams will be in trouble.
Will Ohman appears to be throwing harder than I remember. He will be the epitome of left-hand relief specialist. I can’t see him doing more than getting one or two batters out at a time. With Sergio Santos and Jesse Crain also in the pen, Ohman should never be tired.
Santos, my choice for closer, has wicked stuff. In person, I’ve watched his ball dip and dart more than anyone I’ve seen in camp. Crain just throws heat. He is a very intense guy, which I guess helps him. He was quite successful in Minnesota the past few years.
Once everyone gets into camp, I’ll talk a little more about the offense.