8/9/2013 7:43 P.M. ET
Phegley's presence motivation for Flowers
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- There figures to be two or three White Sox positions, at the very least, that general manager Rick Hahn will have to fill or upgrade for the 2014 season. Whether catcher gets added to that list is up to Tyler Flowers and Josh Phegley
Entering Friday's split doubleheader, with Flowers starting Game 1, Flowers was hitting .200 with nine homers and 24 RBIs over 77 games, and Phegley had a .208 average with three homers and 11 RBIs in 23 games. Flowers said with a confident laugh that he thinks next year's starting job will go to him -- or at least, he'll work hard to make that happen -- but quickly added that either one of them could fill the everyday role.
Flowers went as far as to indirectly defend Phegley's 6-for-41 slump with no extra-base hits over the last 13 games.
"He's come in here and done a good job," said Flowers of Phegley. "He's had a lot going on -- first time up here, kind of a lot of things stacked against him. Trying to learn a new staff, trying to learn the league, trying to deal with new coaches and deal with [White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper] and how Coop works with guys.
"There's a lot of information going in and out of his head. Trying to keep up with it, it's been a challenge for him to stay on top of it and be comfortable every day playing. I think he'll probably settle in a little bit better here the next couple of weeks, once we've started seeing teams again we've already seen."
Although he wouldn't go as far as saying he would be disappointed if he wasn't starting somewhere in 2014, Flowers does hope for a level playing field in competing for the job.
"But as you know, what you do on the field matters more than anything," Flowers said. "I didn't do the best I could on the field, and those are the numbers that are going to stick in their heads. It's kind of hard to be too upset about it.
"From my standpoint, since [Phegley's] been up here, I've just been trying to take advantage of the time to try to figure out how to hit again -- basically show that all this extra time, I haven't been sitting on my butt. I work to get better to have another opportunity. That's all you can do.
"I'm going to try to take advantage of each chance I get on the field," Flowers said. "Be as productive as possible and also try to be a good support for Phegley when he's out there."
GM Hahn won't head out on spending spree
CHICAGO -- Before taking a look at the list of impending 2014 free agents and deciding how the money saved by the White Sox from four trades executed since July 12 figures into acquisitions, remember that general manager Rick Hahn is not looking for a quick fix.
That's not to say Hahn won't take a look at who's available, both on the open market and via trade. But while 2014 stands as far from a write-off season, he's taking a much broader focus in this reshaping process than one season.
"It's going to go to making the big league club better for the long haul, no doubt," said Hahn of the $4 million saved this season after moving Alex Rios and $1 million in cash considerations to the Rangers on Friday for a player to be named or cash. "One of the positives of an unfortunate season like this is we're going to have the opportunity in all probability to spend a lot more money on amateur talent.
"So certainly any savings, that's probably going to be the first couple of line items next year, what we spend on the Draft and what we spend internationally. Even after that, given the flexibility that's opened up, there will be the opportunity, whether it be via trade or free agency, to perhaps take on money as the offseason unfolds."
In trading Rios, Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton, the White Sox moved three players who didn't really figure into their future plans even with Rios having one year and an option remaining on his deal and Thornton having an option. Jake Peavy could have stayed as part of the White Sox rotation for 2014, but the White Sox will put that $14.5 million toward future growth.
Hahn and the White Sox might not be quite done yet during the August waiver period.
"The potential is there," Hahn said. "It's complicated by the waiver process, but there's still a possibility other things could happen by the end of the month."
Viciedo scratched from Game 1 of twin bill
CHICAGO -- Dayan Viciedo was scratched from the starting lineup for Game 1 of Friday's split doubleheader with the Twins a little more than one hour before first pitch due to soreness in his left thumb. Viciedo missed Tuesday's game against the Yankees after leaving Monday's game in the first inning when he jammed his left thumb diving for a Robinson Cano single to left.
Jordan Danks took over in center field, with Alejandro De Aza moving from center to left.
This scratch of Viciedo meant Jordan and John Danks would be in a White Sox regular-season starting lineup for the first time. Jordan has appeared in the same box score in White Sox games that John has started, and the two started together in Spring Training and at Triple-A Charlotte on May 12, where Jordan had two hits and three RBIs and John earned the win over Pawtucket by allowing two runs over six innings.
Third to first
• Outfielder Casper Wells, who hit .167 in 38 games with the White Sox and threw one scoreless inning in relief against the Indians, was claimed off waivers Thursday by the Phillies. Blake Tekotte was recalled from Charlotte to take Wells' roster spot.
• The three doubleheaders played by the White Sox in 2013 are their most in one season since playing three in 2010. They were swept at home by Cleveland on June 28 and split with the Phillies on July 13.
• The White Sox (43-69) had their worst record after 112 games since starting 41-71 in 1970.