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Jose Contreras' rehab could take up to a year

Jose Contreras' rehab could take up to a year Sporting a protective boot on his left leg and moving gingerly on crutches, injured pitcher Jose Contreras (ruptured Achilles tendon) made a rare appearance in the White Sox locker room before Saturday's game. "This is my first major injury and it's very frustrating to sit at home and watch the team knowing they are fighting for the division, and not being able to contribute," Contreras said through an interpreter. "But I feel very glad for the team that they are doing as good as they are." And his teammates seemed glad to have the veteran righty back. "I know he's feeling comfortable," said Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. "That happened to me, too. I came to the clubhouse. It's nice to be seen and I think the players like to see him, too." Contreras is bracing for a rehab stint that may last as long as a year. "I'm going to follow the doctor's strict orders as far as my rehab to get back as soon as possible," he said. "That's my goal."

Toe surgery could end El Duque's career

Link: Orlando Hernandez's career may be over. He is opting for surgery on his right big toe, which has a bunion. El Duque previously had resisted that procedure because the recovery time could...

Poreda to the rotation?

Poreda to the rotation? Ultimately, a final decision to promote Poreda, which still stands as a bit of a long shot, will deal with his mental preparedness as much as the physical side. The White Sox want a pitcher who can handle the playoff pressure, along with the pressure of playing in Chicago, even if it's in a secondary role. "Let's just say you move him from high A to Double-A or from Double-A to Triple-A," Cooper explained. "If a guy is mentally tough and he goes out there and doesn't do well, it's not going to be like he thinks he stinks and you lose him forever. "When a guy is mentally tough, it's a lesser risk to ever move him. I'm open to anything. We've got options and we will figure them out and go from there. "He's a part of our future," added Cooper of Poreda. "We just aren't sure if the future is next Tuesday or later this year."

Clayton Richard called back up?

According to a poster at, Clayton Richard is being called back up. I realize this is a pathetic source but I hope this is a mistake and that he is actually being traded for a pitcher who can help the Sox.

White Sox Trade Deadline Rumor Central !!!

It looks like the Uribe to the Red Sox trade for possibly Alex Cora has fallen through.  The most recent rumor is that Justin Duchscherer is just Kenny's Plan C.  Rumor is that Kenny is open to...


When Janks comes back ...

  who goes -- Adam Russell or D.J. Carrasco? Tough decision The Sox's staff has a pleasantly difficult decision because either rookie Adam Russell or D.J. Carrasco, who saved the bullpen with...

"Phillies, Lidge agree to extension Three-year deal comes after brilliant start to 2008 season"

"Phillies, Lidge agree to extension Three-year deal comes after brilliant start to 2008 season" PHILADELPHIA -- Brad Lidge will be saving games in Philadelphia through at least the 2011 season, after the pitcher agreed to a three-year, $37.5 million contract extension. The deal includes a 2012 club option and performance incentives.

Trade talks for Uribe could be heating up

July 1, 2008 BY JOE COWLEY It was almost as if Ozzie Guillen was starting to say goodbye. Considering the talk going on behind closed doors concerning infielder Juan Uribe, maybe the White Sox manager was. ''The one thing I say about Juan, I have never had anyone like him since I've been a manager,'' Guillen said Monday, when asked about the growing trade speculation surrounding Uribe. ''I never remember any player when I was playing, counting myself, to go out there and do what he's doing since he lost his job. I know I was unprofessional when it happened to me. I was very, very unprofessional. I feel lucky and my coaching staff feels lucky that he has so much respect for his teammates. He knows they are playing better than him right now. ''The only thing I said is, 'Listen, keep doing what you're doing, and we're going to try to do the best thing for you.' We want him to have the best opportunity.'' That ''best opportunity'' is being discussed by general manager Ken Williams, who has been in talks with teams about Uribe for most of June. Those talks are now rumored to be heating up. ...

How does Kenny Lofton not have a MLB job?

Last year's stats: .296 AVG  /  .367 OBP  /  .414 SLG  /  .781 OPS  /  105 OPS+  /  7 HR  /  38 RBI  /  23 SB Has he officially retired or is he still looking for a team?  Does he want a starting...

"Tejada two years older than Astros thought; Shortstop, actually 33, lied about age when ...

"Tejada two years older than Astros thought; Shortstop, actually 33, lied about age when he signed in 1993" Link: Saying he wanted to unburden himself, Miguel Tejada approached general manager Ed Wade and asked to correct misinformation he gave the Oakland A’s when he signed in 1993. The Astros’ new shortstop is actually 33, two years older than he’s listed in the club’s media guide and other baseball records. Tejada was actually 19 when he signed as a kid out of poverty-stricken Bani, Dominican Republic. At the time, he says, a local coach encouraged him to say he was 17. "I'm a poor kid that wanted to sign," he said. "I’m feeling free now," he said. "It’s something that I had in my mind."

"New lineup possible when Thome returns" White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen sa...

"New lineup possible when Thome returns" White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said he is considering tweaking the lineup in an effort to help jump-start Thome from a slow start. "I might change the lineup because he's struggling, to take heat off him," said Guillen, who had planned to rest Thome before Major League Baseball suspended him.

Could we get Francisco Hernandez back from the A's? Bye-bye, Dan Johnson?:...

Could we get Francisco Hernandez back from the A's? Bye-bye, Dan Johnson?: Tuesday night was very possibly Dan Johnson's last in an A's uniform. The team must make room on both the 25-man roster and the 40-man roster for tonight's starter, Greg Smith, and Johnson appears to be the most expendable. He has only one at-bat this season, and the A's have Barton at first base and Mike Sweeney and Jack Cust available to DH. Johnson is out of options and there's a good chance he would be claimed on waivers (the Giants are among those in the market for a first baseman). The A's can send him down only if he clears waivers, a process that takes three business days. "Obviously, all I'm doing is sitting here waiting to see which way it goes," Johnson said. "There's really nothing I can say. If it happens, it happens. I'm a big boy, I'll keep going. ... I still think you haven't seen the best of me yet." Should the A's decide not to risk losing Johnson, another option would be to send Rule-5 draftee Fernando Hernandez (who has yet to pitch) back to the White Sox. There's a remote possibility they could place Rich Harden on the disabled list if it doesn't appear his back soreness has improved, but they'd still need to make a move to get Smith onto the 40-man roster. In that case, they might consider putting third baseman Eric Chavez onto the 60-day DL. Buck 0-fer finally over as he joins hit parade

Diamondbacks close to signing CF Chris Young to long-term contract

UPDATE: The Diamondbacks will officially announce a six-year deal for Chris Young on Tuesday. The deal will buy out Young's first year of free agency, and there's expected to be an option for...


MLB 2K8 out next week!

I know it isn't good ol' MVP Baseball but it's the only damn MLB licensed Xbox 360 game available. Best Buy will have it in stock next Tuesday (3/4) after 2:00 P.M.  I love checking out the new...


Will ¡PROFUNDO! be back in 2008?

Richar is starting at 2B tonight so Kenny and the Sox obviously see Richar as their 2B, not SS, for the present and future (if he pans out for these final two months, of course).  So I guess the...


Zambrano truly is insane...

From Buster Olney's blog: This is one version of what took place inside the dugout and clubhouse thereafter: Zambrano came walking down the dugout, and started saying aloud to Barrett that he...


Any interest in J.C. Romero as our LOOGY?

Yes, J.C. Romero was putrid last season but it was mostly because he got raped against righties.  He still did well against lefties last year and he has done well against them over the past 3...


How will our bullpen shake up?

Current Bullpen Locks: Aardsma MacDougal Thornton JenksPossibilities for Last Two Spots: 1.) Longman/Mop-up guy: Riske / Haeger / Tracey / Free Agent or Trade? 2.) Second lefty: Logan / Reynoso /...


Sox interested in trading for Vizquel & Rowand

According to George Offman of WSCR 670 The Score, Kenny may be interested in bringing Aaron Rowand back and there may a deal in the works to acquire Omar Vizquel from the Giants. Vizquel would make...


A-Rod to the White Sox? White Sox GM Kenny Williams has long lusted for A-Rod and was the first to come calling last week, letting it be known he'd be...


Jose Cruz Jr.

According to Jose Cruz Jr.-OF- Dodgers  Aug. 5 - 10:28 pm et Dodgers released outfielder Jose Cruz Jr. The Dodgers will end up paying Cruz another $1.2 million-$1.3 million since...


Kenny is still involved in trade discussions

July 30, 2006 Will's Mill Another Day, Another Rumor by Will Carroll Sunday, 9:15 p.m. ET:  "Think Kenny Williams has been quiet over the last week? Don't mistake quiet for inactive. The White Sox...


Brian Anderson = Eric Byrnes?

I read the AL Central Preview discussion at "The Baseball Analysts" that you were involved in.  I was just wondering what you meant by this comment.  Which of Byrnes' numbers do you think that...

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