KANSAS CITY -- White Sox reliever J.J. Putz isn't anticipating any lingering effects from the patella inflammation in his right knee that caused him to exit Thursday's game in Minnesota.Putz played catch on Friday and expects to be available for duty as early as Saturday. "Life is good," Putz said. Putz left the field after walking Michael Cuddyer in the eighth inning. Manager Ozzie Guillen and head athletic trainer Herm Schneider had visited the mound before the Cuddyer at-bat. Putz backed off after facing Cuddyer because he didn't feel he could push off and drive toward the plate. The cautious approach was validated, as Putz was able to move about without pain after arriving in Kansas City.
Teahen excited for playoff chase
KANSAS CITY -- In previous seasons, an Aug. 20 game at Kauffman Stadium meant Mark Teahen would take the field cast in the spoiler's role.Not this year. For the first time since breaking into the Major Leagues with Kansas City in 2005, Teahen is looking forward to a stretch drive that carries playoff ramifications. With six weeks remaining and the White Sox chasing Minnesota in the American League Central, Teahen can only smile at the thought of all the high-stakes games ahead of him. "It's awesome," said Teahen, who was in the lineup Friday as the designated hitter. "For the first time in my career, I'm playing for an opportunity to go to the postseason. It's exciting. I spent quite a few years trying to be a spoiler, so now I get to experience the other side of it. There's a different atmosphere when you're in the hunt this late in the year." Teahen, who has worked his way back from a fractured right middle finger, has the versatility to give White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen various lineup options. Whether it's right field, third base or as a designated hitter, Guillen made it clear he would get Teahen in the lineup as long as he continues to produce quality at- bats. "When you're not in the hunt, you still go out there and work hard," Teahen said. "But when you are in it, you aren't thinking about the grind of a long season. Every game is so important and that's where your total focus is. I definitely want to help this team down the stretch because I missed so much of the season." Guillen has been impressed by Teahen's offense since coming off the disabled list. "To not play in the big leagues for almost three months and then come back and do what he's doing ... he's having great at-bats," Guillen said.
Ozzie hopes intensity remains high
KANSAS CITY -- Ozzie Guillen figures what you see is what you get. The White Sox manager isn't holding his breath that additional help will arrive in the form of a waiver-wire deal."Going through waivers is not easy," Guillen said. "I don't expect anything to happen. I think we're going with the team we have." Guillen made it clear he feels that team is good enough. Guillen was in an upbeat mood on Friday, despite the White Sox losing two of three in Minnesota, but winning Thursday's finale 11-0. "If we continue to play and keep the same level of intensity, we'll be fine," Guillen said. "It was fun to manage the team in Minnesota. We never gave in, we never gave up. If we play the way we played the last couple of days, we should be in the pennant race all the way to the end."
Third to first
Former White Sox outfielder Brian Anderson, who has become a pitcher in the Royals' system, threw two perfect innings in relief when he made his Triple-A debut for Omaha on Thursday. "He's definitely throwing Major League stuff," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He has his fastball up to 97 miles per hour and his comfort zone is 95.". ... The White Sox entered play Friday ranked second in the Major Leagues with 75 quality starts. Only Oakland (77) had more. ... White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was wary of playing the Royals in the three-game weekend series, even though Kansas City traded several veteran players before the July 31 Trade Deadline. "We haven't played well here and [the Royals] aren't going to quit," Guillen said. "We better bring our best game."
Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.