03/09/11 7:24 PM ET
Leesman, Harrell among seven White Sox cuts
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
The White Sox want Leesman to continue on as a starter, an opportunity not available to him at the big league level. Harrell would stand as the biggest surprise out of these early cuts, in that he was given consideration as a possible fifth-starter replacement for Jake Peavy or in a long-relief role.
"He should be disappointed in himself," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen of Harrell, who gave up six runs on nine hits over 2 2/3 innings in two Cactus League outings. "We gave him the opportunity. We gave him everything.
"We're not going to send you down just because. I don't think we should waste anyone's time here. I don't think we should go home and make this guy hope for an opportunity."
With the moves, the White Sox have 24 pitchers, four catchers, 11 infielders and seven outfielders left in camp.
Decisions tough despite few roster battles
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Shane Lindsay doesn't think much about the battle he's in for what looks like the seventh and final bullpen spot on the 2011 White Sox roster.
"I just try to throw strikes and the rest will take care of itself," said the 26-year-old hard-throwing Australian, who hurled another scoreless inning during Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the Giants. "I'm not worried too much. I'll do my head in if I keep thinking about that kind of stuff."
Instead, Lindsay will leave the roster decisions to general manager Ken Williams, assistant general manager Rick Hahn, manager Ozzie Guillen and their respective staffs. There aren't many calls to be made, with the White Sox needing one or two pitchers, depending on Jake Peavy's status, and a final utility outfielder.
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Yet, they remain tough decisions.
Take the final outfield slot as an example. When asked Wednesday who has impressed him during Spring Training, Guillen offered up Dayan Viciedo as his lone answer. Not only is Viciedo in shape and hitting the baseball with authority, but he also has proven to be a capable right fielder.
In the final roster cutdown, though, Guillen admitted with a smile how Williams, his boss, will ask where Viciedo will get at-bats at the Major League level. And with the White Sox projecting the 22-year-old as a future everyday player, he needs consistent at-bats at this formative stage.
Ultimately, those final roster spots will be based on need and fit, more so than just strong Cactus League efforts from Viciedo or Lindsay.
"Someone has to step it up and do what they're supposed to do and make it easier for us," said Guillen, who listed Brent Lillibridge, Lastings Milledge and Alejandro De Aza as outfield candidates with Viciedo, but added postgame how there's still too many players in camp to talk about daily individual efforts.
Dunn goes way back for first White Sox homer
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Fans sitting in the right-center-field party deck at Scottsdale Stadium received an unexpected souvenir from Adam Dunn in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 4-2 victory for the Giants. Dunn crushed the first pitch from veteran hurler Jeff Suppan and launched it approximately 430 feet, with the blast clearing the bullpen and a large red sign reading "Salty Pavilion."
Dunn's first home run with the White Sox actually brought a mixed reaction from the slugger. He liked squaring up the pitch but felt as if he went against personal Spring Training protocol with Suppan.
"It's good to feel like you can actually still do it," Dunn said. "It doesn't matter when it is.
"That one's kind of unfair. A guy like Jeff's coming in and I swing at the first pitch -- he knows I take the first pitch, so it was pretty weak on my part, actually."
Two hits Wednesday mark just another step toward the regular season for Dunn.
"I come into Spring Training getting ready for April 1, not March 5," Dunn said. "The competitor in you wants to do really good, but you can't expect to do really good when you're kind of getting back into it. Every day I'm working, just trying to get ready for Opening Day and a long season."
Zito wins duel but wishes Peavy well
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- While Jake Peavy was turning in 3 2/3 impressive innings Wednesday against the Giants, allowing Aubrey Huff's home run as the only hit, Barry Zito was one-upping his mound counterpart. Zito gave up one Adam Dunn single over five scoreless innings, striking out one and walking one.
Zito isn't working his way back from a serious injury, as he's simply trying to lock down a rotation spot after not pitching a single inning during the 2010 postseason. But he can still appreciate the fight shown by Peavy to get back to this point.
"This game can be very fickle with the health thing," Zito said. "He had a pretty significant injury last year. The fact that he came back and has had two games now where he's looking good and feeling good -- you always wish guys good health.
"He's a solid dude and he's taking it all the right way. It's good to see him healthy out there."
Third to first
A.J. Pierzynski was charged with a sixth-inning error on pinch-runner Gary Brown's stolen-base attempt. It was a tough error, though, as the throw was squarely on the base but neither shortstop Alexei Ramirez nor second baseman Brent Lillibridge covered. The miscue gave the veteran catcher pause for a postgame chuckle. ... Hitting coach Greg Walker plans to give more early work and after-practice work hitting-wise to his younger charges, with more of the focus now falling on the everyday players. "If anyone gets extra swings, it's the big boys," Walker said. "But we want to start making more time for [the younger hitters]."