White Sox preparing to expand roster
Slew of callups likely to join big league club on Monday
BOSTON -- When manager Ozzie Guillen was asked Saturday about possible Minor League callups for Monday, when rosters can expand, he paused for a second and then smiled.
"Everyone is here," said Guillen with a laugh.
Apparently, not quite everyone has arrived to the White Sox playoff race.
Guillen has discussed with general manager Ken Williams the players he wants to add, and basically the needs come down to a pinch-runner and an extra body behind the plate in case something happens to A.J. Pierzynski or Toby Hall. Fleet-footed outfielder Jerry Owens and either Cole Armstrong or Paul Phillips -- both currently catching at Triple-A Charlotte -- figure to fill those particular voids, with Guillen open to any other addition past that duo.
Those potential recalls could include reliever Mike MacDougal and will include Lance Broadway. After Saturday's 8-2 loss at Fenway Park, Broadway was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte, and Boone Logan will be added prior to Sunday's series finale to make the southpaw eligible for the playoff roster if the White Sox qualify.
Both MacDougal and Logan appeared to fall out of favor, with the veteran MacDougal stuck in Charlotte since late April. Guillen disputed that they were out of Major League options, figuratively not literally.
"I don't lose confidence. I think they did," Guillen said. "I just keep running those guys out there."
Entering Saturday's action, MacDougal had an 0-4 record and a 3.83 ERA in 38 games for the Triple-A Knights. That total also includes 30 walks in 49 1/3 innings. Control was a problem for the right-hander in his time with the White Sox.
"He had a wild streak and he couldn't consistently throw it over and hasn't been back," said White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper of MacDougal, who pitched 8 2/3 innings this season before being sent down. "I heard he's throwing the ball good, but that has to transfer in here.
"When he threw it over, he got them out. The batting average and the numbers, they weren't bad."
As for Logan, his ERA jumped from 1.95 on July 9 to 5.36 on Aug. 9 before he was sent back to Charlotte. Cooper defended Logan and the possibility for a second chance in September.
"Here's what I will say about Boone Logan," Cooper said. "Boone Logan, for April, May, June and up to a week before the All-Star break, was an extremely effective left-handed reliever in the American League. The tandem of him and [Matt] Thornton -- I can't think of two other lefties in the AL that were doing what they were doing.
"Boone got screwed up in his head after going through a bad spell, and he was not able to come out of that spell. We were not afforded the luxury of letting him trying to figure it out here. Hopefully, when he comes back, he's got it figured out and he steps back in and does the things we've see him do before."
Look for infielders Chris Getz and Josh Fields, as well as reliever Ehren Wassermann, also to get the call next week. But Guillen remains focused on one major callup who currently is on the disabled list and not in the Minors.
"The only one I pray to be here is [Scott] Linebrink," Guillen said. "That's the one I really want to be here, because he will make the difference. Scott will be the difference in our bullpen."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.