White Sox Notebook includes Jermaine Dye's contract, Adam Russell could be called up next
Manager Ozzie Guillen said he’s “desperate” and has confidence in only Bobby Jenks out of the bullpen.
General manager Ken Williams changed his plans and made a trip Tuesday to Cleveland to face the music and, he hopes, finally see some “stones” out of his relievers’ performances.
That, in a nutshell, is what the White Sox bullpen has driven its management to.
“If they don’t turn 100 percent around, we have to (make more changes),” Guillen said. “We have to.”
When the Sox broke camp with Jenks, Matt Thornton, Mike MacDougal, David Aardsma, Andrew Sisco and Nick Masset, they were confident in the revamped bullpen.
After optioning Masset to Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday — and calling up Ehren Wassermann — only Thornton and Jenks remain from that original group.
“Most of those guys aren’t here right now,” Williams said of his disappointment in the Opening Day bullpen. “Further explanation is almost irrelevant at this point, because it’s the product you put out there and it shows itself every day. It speaks the loudest.”
It’s been loud, all right.
Sox relievers came into Tuesday night’s game with a 5.98 ERA, second highest in the majors. Monday’s 11-10 win over the Indians — in which the ’pen nearly blew a 11-2 lead — may have pushed the Sox over the edge.
Guillen used six relievers to get 10 outs.
“Right now, I’ll be honest, I don’t have any confidence in anybody — expect Bobby, and it takes a little while to get to Bobby,” Guillen revealed.
Guillen said, however, he will not use Jenks to get more than three outs even “if it costs my job or if it costs me a game. I don’t care if it costs me the pennant.”
Aside from the Masset move, there could be more coming.
“Obviously we’ve got to fix one key element of this team, and hopefully it’s the guys in this clubhouse picking themselves up off the floor and going (all out) — let’s see what we’ve got,” Williams said. “It’s time, we want to see who’s got the stones to come back and pitch effectively.”
Sending a message, Part II?
Contract situations, Jermaine Dye’s in particular, have also been a hot topic of late.
Dye has been noticeably more distant in the clubhouse since the All-Star break — which was also the time Mark Buehrle signed his four-year extension.
“While I’m extremely disappointed in how he may feel, I respect what he’s done for us and I respect the man that he is,” Williams said. “He’s frustrated, and I’ve got news, we’re all a little frustrated around here right now because we’re all better than this and he’s better than he’s showing this year, too. We’re all in this together.
“I know because of where we are there are some guys in there focusing on themselves rather than the team and that’s kind of a byproduct of being in the position we’re in. That’s not totally unexpected. I’ve seen it before.”
Williams did not want to discuss contract situations any further.
“The only thing it will do is to serve to put a divider in between people who have had great relationships,” Williams said. “The fact of the matter is everybody knows we made our efforts before the season started.”
Switch ’em up
Masset will return to starting at Charlotte, while Double-A starter Adam Russell will begin his conversion to a reliever today. Russell could be the next reliever called up, if need be.
“That’s the role we ultimately see him in, so we look forward to that,” Williams said.
Williams did not rule out Masset returning to the bullpen down the road.
“It’s interesting because Nick still hasn’t shown us what we scouted,” Williams said. “There’s more in there. There’s more velocity, more break to breaking the ball, more downward action and more sink.”
Ehren, with an ‘E’
Wassermann was a mop-up man and wasn’t even an invitee to Sox camp in spring training. Now, he’s in the Sox bullpen.
“It’s a very, very pleasant surprise,” he said. “I found out late last night after our game and I was speechless.”
A sidearmer with a delivery that’s “arms, legs and head flailing everywhere,” the right-hander was 2-4 with a 2.11 ERA for Charlotte.
The Sox transferred Joe Crede (back surgery) from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.
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