7/23/2014 2:53 P.M. ET
Top Sox pick Rodon debuts in Rookie League
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- Carlos Rodon's professional debut Tuesday night for the Arizona Rookie League White Sox featured one run allowed on two hits over one inning, and Chicago's top pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft struck out one.
It was the first time the left-hander and third selection overall in the Draft had pitched in a game since May 16 during his last start for North Carolina State University.
White Sox director of player development Nick Capra wrote via e-mail that Rodon had good fastball command, hitting 96 mph, and that the report was "encouraging."
"Just getting the rust off after a six-week break," Capra wrote.
"It's a good thing just to get started and get your feet wet," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of Rodon. "It's a pretty exciting time for him. We're just happy to get him going and get him in the fold."
Rodon is expected to make another appearance in Arizona and then get promoted to Class A Winston-Salem of the Carolina League. His chances to reach the Majors out of the bullpen with the White Sox this season remain a question.
"They haven't said anything. This is his first taste of being in professional baseball," said Ventura of expectations for Rodon. "We'll have talks as he goes along, but for right now, the focus is just on what we've got here and continuing to try to win games with these guys.
"If he does something that makes them push him up here, then that will happen. We haven't talked about it."
Sox remember Buehrle's perfecto on anniversary
CHICAGO -- Mark Buehrle's perfect game at U.S. Cellular Field against the Rays on July 23, 2009, is termed by White Sox play-by-play television announcer Ken "Hawk" Harrelson as his all-time favorite game. Harrelson contributed the famous "Alexei … Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! History!" call on Jason Bartlett's grounder to shortstop Alexei Ramirez for out No. 27.
Ramirez shared on Wednesday, through interpreter and director of public relations Lou Hernandez, that he didn't really want that last ball hit at him.
"If anything, I was hoping it was a fly ball. Just not a grounder," said Ramirez with a laugh. "I hadn't been feeling well. I had gotten a little injured before that. I was hoping it wasn't a grounder.
"I just tried to play my game and tried not to make a bad play or think about it that much. When you get to the ninth inning, that's when you feel the pressure, when you feel like this is happening and trying to do everything you can to make sure Mark gets this."
Dewayne Wise, a defensive replacement inserted by then-manager Ozzie Guillen in the ninth, made one of the greatest plays in franchise history by robbing Gabe Kapler of what looked like a sure home run to open the final inning. Ramirez didn't believe Wise had a chance at that hard-hit ball when it left the bat.
John Danks, a close friend of Buehrle's, was at Rush University Medical Center for the game, getting a persistent circulation problem in his left hand checked. Danks said he began acting like the manager from the movie "Major League" as Buehrle got closer to history.
"I'm all hooked up to the heart stuff and they've got all my numbers," Danks said. "When D-Wise made that catch, my heart rate doubled. I was all fired up. Wouldn't let any of the nurses leave the room until the ninth inning was over.
"Watched every pitch. Mark and Clayton Richard called before the game and were checking in on me and the sucker went and did that."
Flowers makes it for son's birth just in time
CHICAGO -- A better-rested Tyler Flowers explained the scenario that took him from U.S. Cellular Field Monday night to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in time to be with his wife, Nancy, for the birth of their second child and first son.
"One red light the whole way; it was unreal. Every light I came to was green, green, green. No traffic, nothing," said a smiling Flowers. "I knew like in the sixth that it was pretty much time to go.
"Monday morning we actually went in. I got up at 6 [a.m.], which is why I didn't sleep for a couple of days in addition to the birth and all. So then she went and saw the doctor later that day. I came in and talked to [general manager] Rick [Hahn], and it sounded like it was still going to be a couple of days."
But right before Chris Sale and Flowers were about to go out for the game, he received a couple of messages about coming to the hospital.
"Either way, I was going to play. I'm just glad it worked out," Flowers said. "I got there 10 minutes before it happened, which was 38 minutes after the game had ended. There was a whole system set up once I came in here, like drop all my stuff, dress quick, golf cart ready, all sorts of stuff."
A number of other White Sox wives were with Nancy Flowers until Tyler arrived.
"We really didn't think it would happen that soon, but it all worked out really great, except for her having to hold it the whole game," Flowers said. "Other than that, it was amazing."
Viciedo scratched from starting lineup
CHICAGO -- Dayan Viciedo was scratched from Wednesday's starting lineup for the finale against the Royals and James Shields with tightness in his lower left hamstring. Moises Sierra replaced Viciedo.
Viciedo entered Wednesday with six homers and 13 RBIs over his last 21 games. He has also been mired in a 3-for-20 slump during the homestand and has a .287 on-base percentage to go with his .236 average for the season.
"He was tight. It was enough to keep him out of the lineup," said manager Robin Ventura of Viciedo. "We'll see what happens when we go to Minnesota. It wouldn't have been a smart idea to put him out there. You would have risked injuring it more."
Third to first
• Avisail Garcia once again will go on the road with the White Sox starting Thursday, and Ventura sounds encouraged about the outfielder's chances to return this season, despite the outlook in April that he had a season-ending left shoulder injury.
"The prognosis is pretty good," Ventura said. "When you hear three to six months and they're kind of pushing for the six months [after his injury on April 9], when you watch him run around and do things. he looks pretty good.
"How close is he to a rehab assignment? I don't know. But when you watch him do things, you're excited about the recovery. Him swinging the bat, running around, catching fly balls. More of the concern is going to be sliding, diving, things like that. When the doctors clear him, he's going to be 100 percent, go play. There's not going to be any restrictions on him."
• White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper will not travel with the team to Minneapolis due to his ongoing issues with vertigo.
• White Sox television broadcaster Tom Paciorek will work with Steven Stone for the upcoming series in Minnesota, with Stone handling play-by-play duties. Harrelson will be in Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.