DETROIT – No offense to the two new pitchers who just arrived from Triple-A Charlotte to fortify the roster, but manager Ozzie Guillen has no intention of using either one of you.
Guillen means no disrespect to either, but if they don’t see any action that not only means the White Sox are playing competitive games, but meaningful ones as well.
Well, actually there is a way that right-handers Shane Lindsay and Addison Reed get in games without all hope being lost. The White Sox can possibly put together a laugher that both pitchers can clean up.
However it turns out, both have earned their promotion. Lindsay, who hails from Australia, posted a 2.18 ERA over 70 1/3 innings between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte. He had 90 strikeouts, although he did have 59 walks.
“To be honest it seemed like I was getting ahead of guys and then overdoing stuff, trying to make too good of a pitch when I was ahead of the count,” Lindsay said. “All of a sudden, 3-2 I was walking guys. It’s more of an approach thing I think, throwing strikes and getting ahead of guys. I just need to put them away.”
If Lindsay’s season was good, Reed’s was off the charts. He started at the low Single-A level this season, moved up to high A, found himself in Double-A and then Triple-A, where he made 11 appearences. He struck out a combined 111 batters this season, which led all minor-league relievers.
“I’m just trying to keep the ball down and keep them off balance,” Reed said. “Don’t try to do too much. If I start thinking, I get into trouble. I’m just trying to keep it out of my head and throw strikes.”
Guillen admitted he didn’t know much about either pitcher, but did see Lindsay plenty this spring. He trusts the player-development staff that both are ready for their moment in the spotlight.
“I think the scouting report is very good,” Guillen said. “I think there are a lot of people high on them. Hopefully they come to the big leagues and open people’s eyes and hopefully they have some fun here.”
So far so good for the pitchers who arrived in the clubhouse about three hours before game time and said their hellos. They also their pink backpacks with wings attached that the rookie pitchers will have to carry to the bullpen full of gum and sunflower seeds for the rest of the season.
It will be a sight to see, indeed, for both of their parents. Reed’s parents beat their son to Detroit by taking the red eye Thursday night from the Los Angeles area. Lindsay’s mother had an even rougher journey, flying from Australia at the last minute and arriving just before game time.
“It been pretty crazy,” Lindsay said. “I’ve been wanting it for a long, long time and working toward it. It’s pretty crazy. I’m a bit numb and a bit shocked. It’s cool.”