ST. PETERSBURG -- The size of the fine handed down by Major League Baseball upon White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen on Friday was only surpassed by the fine Guillen received for using a derogatory term in describing a one-time Chicago sports columnist in 2006.
"It's going to take me another three years to pay that. I'm going to need a loan," said Guillen with a laugh. "Hey, they have to do what they have to do. I guess they fined [umpire] Joe [West]. I know it wasn't $7,000. But it is what it is."
Guillen was ejected by West in the second inning of Wednesday's 5-4 victory over the Indians when the White Sox manager came out to protect pitcher Mark Buehrle after West called a balk on Buehrle. West ejected Buehrle in the third, as Buehrle dropped his glove to the ground when a second balk was called.
After the game, Guillen let loose with a profanity-laced critique of West as a person and the dismissive way in which West handled Guillen's attempt to stand up for Buehrle. No suspensions were handed down in the matter.
"I will take the suspension more than the money," Guillen said. "I knew I'm going to get fined. Suspension, there wasn't any reason to it, but that surprised me, the amount of money it was. But they make the rules, they make the decision and I guess I have to go by the rules.
"I've already told Major League Baseball I'm going to pay in months. I'm not going to pay with one check. I got a family to take care of. And they're going to get $1,000 every month. Maybe I finish up and pay the fine around May . I guess you can't call people names with the media, but I don't regret it. I'll pay my fine and move on."
Jenks' calf keeps him off the mound
ST. PETERSBURG -- Bobby Jenks paid the price for trying to do a little extra conditioning prior to Friday's contest at Tropicana Field, although it was not a very steep price for the White Sox closer.
After the pitchers finished their running during batting practice, Jenks and Scott Linebrink decided it wasn't enough. It was during that extra running when Jenks tweaked his right calf, making him unavailable during the club's 4-2 victory over the Rays.
This particular injury has nothing to do with the right calf injury sidelining the burly closer for the last two weeks of the 2009 season or slowing him down back in Spring Training. It's in the same calf but in a different area.
"That Spring Training and last year one, that was, ever since the middle of April, it has been completely gone," said Jenks, speaking about the injury on Saturday evening. "It's nothing serious. It just felt like a cramp that wouldn't release. That's pretty much all it was. It already feels 10 times better than yesterday."
Jenks wasn't sure if he was officially going to be able to pitch on Saturday, and manager Ozzie Guillen confirmed his closer would not return to action until he was 100 percent healthy. Jenks' absence meant the combination of Sergio Santos, J.J. Putz and Matt Thornton would fill the late-inning work.
Santos worked two-thirds of an inning in relief of Freddy Garcia on Friday. Thornton then finished up with 1 1/3 scoreless innings for his second save.
"Every year, every day, I'll do whatever they need me to do," said Thornton, who entered Saturday with a 1.77 ERA in 20 games and 31 strikeouts and 10 hits allowed over 20 1/3 innings. "Close, set up, so be it."
"There's still four months to the season left and more importantly is we got the win," said Jenks of missing out on the opportunity to pick up his eighth save on Friday. "When the save situations come up, I obviously want them. But being down, it's nice to know Thornton can get in there and get it done."
Santos pleased with pitching backwards
ST. PETERSBURG -- The amazing 2010 performance belonging to Sergio Santos took another positive turn from a pure pitching point of view during Friday's victory. Santos, known for his high-octane fastball while amassing a 0.50 ERA and 18 scoreless outings in 19 appearances, threw just one fastball among his eight pitches against Tampa Bay.
Those other seven offerings consisted of five sliders and two changeups. The results were the same, as Santos struck out Jason Bartlett swinging and retired Ben Zobrist on a fly ball to center field.
"It was different for me," said Santos of Friday's outing, which gave him 22 strikeouts and 10 hits allowed over 18 innings. "I kind of like to get them off the fastball knowing I can throw backwards to hitters.
"I'm able to do that, plant that seed in their head, so if I face them later on, I can do things different. I can give them the fastball because they will be looking offspeed. I was proud I was able to get offspeed pitches over for strikes."
With each level of pitching knowledge Santos moves up, his role becomes more important in the White Sox bullpen.
"We kind of brought him along and with his performance and what he's done, it allowed us to take off the wraps so to speak," White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said. "He's been in a whole lot bigger ballgames and situations, as we told you he would be if he kept throwing the way he has been throwing."
Torborg honored by Hall of Fame selection
ST. PETERSBURG -- Jeff Torborg, who managed the White Sox from 1989-91 and served as a mentor at the outset of Ozzie Guillen's managerial career, was inducted into the Westfield, New Jersey Athletic Hall of Fame on Wednesday.
Torborg was a three-year starting catcher at Westfield High School and an All-American at Rutgers. He played in the Major Leagues for 10 years and caught no-hitters from Sandy Koufax, Bill Singer and Nolan Ryan. Dale Torborg, Jeff's son, serves as the White Sox Minor League Conditioning Coordinator and is with the team in St. Petersburg.
Third to first
Ozney Guillen, the proud high school graduate from Monsignor Pace, was roaming the White Sox clubhouse prior to Saturday's 8-5 loss to the Rays. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen missed Friday's victory to attend his son's ceremony in Miami, Fla., and the ensuing celebration. "It was very touching and very exciting," Guillen said. "I think being there was a very special day for the family. It was great. It was a good moment, and we feel proud. His mom and brothers feel proud of him and I'm happy to be back." ... J.J. Putz struck out four in 1 1/3 innings of relief on Saturday. From the sixth to the eighth, White Sox relievers recorded eight straight outs via strikeout. ... Roberto Hernandez paid a visit to the White Sox clubhouse once again on Saturday. Hernandez's 161 career saves with the White Sox place him eight ahead of Bobby Jenks for second place on the franchise list.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.