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    Guillen: Hermanson likely headed to DL
    BY JOE COWLEY Staff Reporter Advertisement

    TUCSON, Ariz. -- All indications are that reliever Dustin Hermanson will begin the season on the disabled list, but the White Sox didn't make it official Sunday.

    Just don't tell that to manager Ozzie Guillen.

    "Right now, I think he's going to start the season on the DL,'' Guillen said after Sunday's game. "It's not his fault. We need him to go back-to-back days, and he can't. It's a little too late in camp to have him with us. I want him to be 100 percent ready -- I don't think he'll ever be 100 percent, but good enough to go out and pitch.''

    While Hermanson has stressed that he never would consider retirement until he exhausted every possibility to come back from his back problems, Guillen was asked about Hermanson walking away.

    "You deal with pain almost every day when you're in this game for that long,'' Guillen said. "But the thing is, can you have fun coming here every day? Can you have fun being in the trainer's room all the time? Can you have fun performing in pain?

    "If you still feel you can enjoy this game, you should stay. But if it's to the point where you'd rather be with your family, I respect that.''

    RING TOSS: While a lot is being made about opening the season against division rival Cleveland next Sunday, Mark Buehrle thinks it will mean a lot more for the Indians than the Sox.

    That's not only because the Sox helped knock Cleveland out of the playoffs last year with a sweep in the season-ending series, but also because the Sox will be unveiling their World Series pennant and getting their rings while the Indians look on.

    "It doesn't matter much for me,'' Buehrle said. "For them, seeing us get the ring, and being in the division with how close they got to being in the playoffs and not getting it, it might, well, not really rub it in, but kind of make them realize what they had a shot at last year.

    "It could be a good thing; it could be bad. It could be one of those things that makes them even more hungry knowing that it's almost like us rubbing it in, doing the ring ceremony. But this just happened to be the way the schedule fell.''

    TRIMMING THE FIELD: After their 9-7 victory over Kansas City, the Sox announced that pitcher Sean Tracey was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte and pitcher Armando Almanza, catcher Gustavo Molina, infielders Andy Gonzalez and Robert Valido and outfielder Ryan Sweeney were reassigned to minor-league camp.

    The moves left the Sox with 28 players in camp, with Guillen hoping to make a final decision on his bullpen within the next few days. Tim Redding, Javier Lopez and Boone Logan are vying for one or two spots.

    NOTE: Starter Jon Garland put in a 99-pitch performance in a minor-league game Sunday afternoon, allowing four runs.

  • #2
    It's pretty much a done deal now for Hermansen.

    He will open the season on the Disabled List,and will likely be out at least 2-3 months.


    • #3
      Originally posted by Chisox73
      It's pretty much a done deal now for Hermansen.

      He will open the season on the Disabled List,and will likely be out at least 2-3 months.
      So much for the 15 day DL. Still a strong pen, but losing a guy who's lights outs when healthy doesn't help.
      Johnson and now Goligoski gone.
      I hope that's all.


      • #4
        I think it will be interesting to see what Matt Thornton will bring to the table.

        They got Thornton as insurance for when Hermansen went down.


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