CLEVELAND -- Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny
Williams unexpectedly joined his struggling team on the road
Tuesday and pledged to continue rebuilding it before he starts
tearing it apart.
Williams felt obligated to get to Cleveland, one day after
another horrific performance by the club's bullpen. The White Sox
nearly blew a nine-run lead against the Indians before holding on
for an 11-10 win.
The win felt like a loss to manager Ozzie Guillen, who said many
of his position players were "asking questions, like, 'What's
going on here?'"
Williams, who wasn't planning to make any part of Chicago's
11-game road trip, said he still believes in the White Sox (41-50),
who entered Tuesday 13½ games behind first-place Detroit in the AL
"I'm here to face the music," Williams said, standing outside
the White Sox clubhouse before Tuesday's game. "I put the team
together and it is not performing as it should. Our manager,
pitching coach and position players should not have to answer as to
why the bullpen is not getting it done.
"We brought in players we believed have the ability to do the
job. They do, but for whatever reason, they are not doing it. From
what has happened, it would be ridiculous for me to stand up here
and say we were right."
Chicago's bullpen has been the main culprit in the White Sox's
slide to fourth place in the division. The relief unit has gone
3-13 with a 7.52 ERA and blown nine saves in its last 58 games.
Before Tuesday's game, the club sent right-hander Nick Masset to
Triple-A Charlotte and purchased the contract of Ehren Wasserman.
Williams has previously promised to make other changes if his
club didn't deliver "championship caliber" play before the July
31 trading deadline. However, Williams isn't quite ready to toss
away these hole-filled Sox just yet.
He's open to trades, but mostly he'd prefer to just tweak the
"A big breakup, a demolition, is not needed," he said.
"There's a lot of talent on this ballclub and we need to bring it
out and maybe add some parts. If the opportunity presents itself to
upgrade or shuffle the deck, I have been given no reason not to do
Williams said the club has been hurt by the loss of right-hander
Mike MacDougal, who is on the 15-day DL with right shoulder
However, he's not making any excuses for a star-laden team
that's underachieving in many areas.
"Mike MacDougal has some of the best stuff in the big
leagues," he said. "We depended on that. We thought the back of
the 'pen was solid. We've got a great manager, a great pitching
coach. They're not guilty. It's because I didn't get the right
"So, now it is back to the drawing board."