07/21/10 2:16 AM ET
Ozzie discusses Piniella's plan to retire
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
"You look at guys like Bobby Cox, Lou, Cito [Gaston], they don't give guys opportunity to fire them or leave baseball the wrong way or the way they should be. They go back home the way they should with his head up."There are two icons left in the game, him and Bobby. That says a lot. In the meanwhile, I respect his decision. I don't blame him. When my day comes, I hope it comes like that. Leave and pack my stuff up on my own, not people firing me or something."
Guillen plans to sit Quentin until Friday
SEATTLE -- Carlos Quentin's bruised right hand is getting better with each passing day, according to the White Sox right fielder.Even with that marked improvement, Ozzie Guillen's intention is to sit Quentin through the final two games of the Mariners series and take advantage of Thursday's off-day to give Quentin an extended respite. "I can't say no way, because I might change my mind, depending on how we play today," said the White Sox manager during Tuesday's pregame interview session. "But the best scenario is not playing him at all. "He'll recover very well and get back in the lineup in Oakland -- unless something drastic happens the next couple of days. But I don't want 50-50. I don't want to go out there and all of a sudden I have to take him out in the third or fourth inning." This injury suffered by Quentin took place on a steal of third in the sixth inning during Sunday's 8-7 loss in Minnesota. Quentin was successful on the surprise move but jammed his hand in the same spot where he was hit by a Kevin Slowey pitch on Thursday, causing him to be scratched from Friday's starting lineup. In total, Quentin has played in 79 of the team's 93 games. He's a tough presence to go without, carrying a .351 average, 11 home runs and 31 RBIs in his last 24 games. Sitting out for any extended period also is tough on the ultra-intense and focused Quentin. "He feels good," Guillen said. "I talked to him early, and he said he could play. But I talked to him about what I was thinking, and he agrees." "Yeah. I want to be on the field. I still want to be on the field right now," Quentin said. "I just want to be smart, and there's a ways to go. I talked to Ozzie, the training staff. I'm going to be smart right now and hope for the best and come out there and come out swinging well. That's all you can hope for right now. I'm optimistic about how it feels day to day." The pain can be felt in the middle of Quentin's swing, which is his main concern. When he was first hit with the Slowey pitch, Quentin had trouble keeping his injured hand on the bat. "It was slipping out of my hand with the grip, and that was my own concern with that," Quentin said. "You got to hold onto the bat through the strike zone."
Hudson focused on fine-tuning
SEATTLE -- A Thursday off-day between the current series in Seattle and this weekend's three-game set in Oakland gives the White Sox a chance to skip fifth starter Daniel Hudson. They could bring back John Danks on regular rest on Sunday and use Hudson in relief, if needed.That option doesn't appear to be currently in play. Ozzie Guillen said on Tuesday that he doesn't want to change anything up with his front five, and Hudson hasn't heard anything to the contrary of facing Oakland in the finale of this 10-game road trip. Although the White Sox have a 2-0 record in games he has started and Hudson made a strong statement on Monday by giving up one run over 6 2/3 innings, while fanning six, the rookie is far from satisfied. He remains focused on a few changes in his mechanics, while working on the side with pitching coach Don Cooper, to make his repertoire even sharper. "I'm basically working on stuff like staying tall," Hudson said. "I have a real bad tendency to collapse on my back leg, which leads to my arm being late and stuff flying up in the zone. I'm doing a couple of drills to get my muscle memory to stay tall and stay on top of the ball and get downward movement on my fastball, slider and changeup. "My slider has always been there. But when I collapse, my arm gets flat and I don't get on top. It spins or I yank it, and my fastball is flat in the zone." A slower, more relaxed tempo also appears to be a key to Hudson's success. "I was too fast the other day [vs. Kansas City], not giving my arm time to catch up to my body," Hudson said. "I just need to slow down and work at my own pace and not worry about what those [hitters] are doing."
Beckham emerges as in-house acquisition
SEATTLE -- During his Tuesday evening media session, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen announced a new addition to his team. It just so happens this new addition, Gordon Beckham, has been playing second base all season for the South Siders."We just made a big trade. A lot of people ask for trades, and we just made one," said Guillen with a wry smile. "We got Gordon Beckham. We don't have him for two months. "That's the big trade we made. Gordon swings the bat very well, and we need that in the bottom of the lineup to make that stronger. He has a lot of big hits for us and hopefully stays the same way." Beckham has 16 hits in his last 32 at-bats, raising his average from .205 to .237. His career-high eight-game hit streak came to an end during Tuesday's 4-0 victory.
Top pick Sale finally scored upon
SEATTLE -- Chris Sale, the White Sox top pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft and 13th selection overall, was scored upon on Tuesday for the first time in three relief appearances with Triple-A Charlotte.
The lanky left-hander replaced starter Lucas Harrell in the sixth inning of Louisville's 8-4 victory over the Knights, entering with a runner on first and two outs.Right-handed-hitting pinch-hitter Michael Griffin proceeded to take deep a 1-2 offering from Sale for the first home run allowed in the 21-year-old's professional career. Sale fanned Drew Sutton and Yonder Alonso and retired Todd Frazier on a ground ball to first baseman Jeremy Reed before being pulled in the seventh at 22 pitches, of which 15 were strikes. Over seven games pitched between Charlotte and Class A Winston-Salem, Sale has a 2.70 ERA with 10 strikeouts and three walks in 6 2/3 innings. Opposing hitters have a .167 average against the standout, who previously pitched for Florida Gulf Coast University.
Third to first
SEATTLE -- White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko has hit in eight straight, posting a .382 average during this stretch. Konerko, who has raised his average to .305, has hit in 25 of his last 28 games ... White Sox starters are 22-7 with a 2.53 ERA and 31 quality starts over their last 37 games ... The White Sox last won five straight against Seattle in the same year in 2004 ... Ozzie Guillen's crew has an 11-3 record in its last 14 games and a 28-8 mark in the last 36.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.