08/30/09 6:53 PM ET
Ozzie wary of September callups
Flowers, Fields, Torres could join expanded Sox roster
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
"We already have all of our September callups here," said manager Ozzie Guillen with a laugh.
Guillen, of course, is referring to such young standouts as third baseman Gordon Beckham and utility infielder Jayson Nix as examples of players who started the 2009 campaign at the lower level, but are already making key big league contributions. The skipper made it clear that the callups are decided by general manager Ken Williams and his staff, and the only addition he really wants is another catcher.
Guillen already has the players on hand that he needs to contend for the postseason, in his estimation. He's not in favor of players getting called up simply as an reward for a job well done in the Minors with so much on the line for the big league team.
"Whoever is called up will help, and I like [the rule]," said Guillen of the rosters expanding to 40 on Tuesday. "But all of a sudden, a lot of [subpar] players get called up in September. They are hitting .220 and still get called up. I remember, [in] my time, if you didn't perform, you were not coming up.
"Now, they put it in contracts. They play Rookie League, and they have to be up. September callup is like, wow, anybody can get up. Before, it was like a prize. Now, I see a lot of really bad players called up in September just because."
A few obvious choices will be joining the White Sox in Minneapolis. Second baseman Chris Getz, whose absence has been truly noticeable, given the team's less-than-stellar recent results, will return from a Minor League rehab assignment with outfielder Dewayne Wise on Tuesday.
Getz has been out since Aug. 12 with a strained right oblique, while Wise has been sidelined since Aug. 15, due to a strained right AC joint.
Other names Guillen said were talked about include catcher Tyler Flowers, third baseman Josh Fields and pitcher Carlos Torres. Fields began the season as the White Sox starting third baseman, while Flowers is the organization's top catching prospect and was a key component to an offseason trade that sent Javier Vazquez to Atlanta.
Torres, who has made two starts for the White Sox this season, could get the call on Thursday afternoon at Wrigley Field, with Jake Peavy all but ruled out of that appearance. Guillen said an extra left-handed reliever might also be added.
"But I don't need a [bad] lefty," Guillen said. "I need a good pitcher."
Other top prospects, such as third baseman Dayan Viciedo and outfielder Jordan Danks, probably won't be making the September jump, not with their Double-A Birmingham squad bound for the Southern League playoffs. But even if the Barons' season were soon to come to a close, it sounds as if Guillen wants players added who can make contributions to the pennant pursuit and not just fill out the dugout bench.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.