With Jeff Marquez’s locker cleared out and him nowhere in sight, it’s clear that the Chicago White Sox have elected to go with an 11-pitcher roster to start the year.
Phil Humber will fill in as the fifth starter when he is needed and both Brent Lillibridge and Lastings Milledge get a happy ending to their spring campaigns as they will make the club.
Alexei Ramirez was scratched from the lineup today with a sore lower back, but manager Ozzie Guillen said he’ll be good to go for Opening Day. Chris Sale also missed his inning of work today due to a sore neck. He was supposed to work back-to-back games for the first time this spring. Guillen also believes Sale will be fine.
Dayan Viciedo is making progress with his fractured thumb. He took some swings in the batting cage today and will shag some fly balls later this week. He’ll stay in Arizona when the team breaks camp, starting the season on the DL.
John Danks gave up two homers and two walks in his outing today, but said he felt great after his five innings of work and went so far as to say this might have been his best Cactus League start yet. This, of course, is because he’s happy with the consistency of his mechanics. The results are another thing.
Danks has surrendered 13 walks in 26 2/3 innings this spring and has given up four home runs which drove in nine of the 11 total runs he’s yielded.
Danks said he’s ready for the season to start and there’s no reason for White Sox fans to believe this won’t be his best year yet.
As for me, I’m hitting the road as soon as I submit this post and I’ll be driving back to Chicago. Next time you’ll see something from me, it will be the regular season, rejoice!