Pierre in favor of potentially adding Manny
Former teammate says slugger can be huge factor if healthy
CHICAGO -- Manny Ramirez was put on waivers by the Dodgers on Wednesday, meaning the claim for the hard-hitting outfielder will be announced Friday. While multiple sources in Chicago talked Wednesday how a deal already was being worked on between the two sides, nothing was imminent.
Nothing can be imminent, with any National League team and any American League squad with a lesser record than the White Sox able to block a potential claim. But if Ramirez is picked up by the White Sox, former Los Angeles teammate Juan Pierre is one who believes the slugger could help.
"He's probably one of the top five hitters ever," Pierre said. "He can hit when healthy. I don't know how healthy he is. When healthy, he can help any ballclub. He's fine in the clubhouse. He puts on a show for the media for a little bit, but he's a great guy, and a great teammate."
Jim Thome, who was teammates with Ramirez during Cleveland's days of dominance, talked about the intense work ethic featured by Ramirez. Pierre seconded Thome's assertion.
"I work hard and he outworked me," said Pierre with a laugh. "He works hard. He doesn't do it for people to see it. He's away from the field, hitting in the cage, and he's really smart. He knows pitchers and the game and doesn't get enough credit. He's a great player."
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Ramirez has let it be known through friends that he will waive his no-trade clause in a trade sending him to the White Sox.
Pitching coach Cooper has Jenks' back
CHICAGO -- Don Cooper is not happy with a select group of the White Sox fan base that has recently been vocally down on Bobby Jenks.
And the White Sox pitching coach made that point abundantly clear during a chat with MLB.com prior to Wednesday's game with Baltimore. Cooper's annoyance stemmed from the fans' positive reaction to Jenks' herculean save against the Orioles on Tuesday, after throwing three innings in Kansas City on Sunday, coming on the heels of a time when they weren't so kind to the White Sox closer.
"I sat there and listened to fans chanting, 'Bobby,' and it almost got me [upset] because a week ago, they were telling him to get out of town," Cooper said. "I don't know if the true fans are those ones who want his head.
"It blows me away that when Bobby struggles for the first time, for the first time, they want his head? Maybe that's just the nature of Chicago. When you are not playing good, people want the head of the guy who is causing this. When it's going good, they don't notice it."
Two of six losses since the All-Star break, coming in the seventh inning or later, have taken place during Jenks' struggles. But one of the game's best closers also was dealing with back soreness from which he has now completely recovered.
Jenks entered Wednesday's contest with six straight scoreless outings. Cooper was appreciative of the fans showing their support Tuesday, but also encouraged them to keep perspective when times occasionally get tough.
"Our fans, the true fans, I give them all the credit in the world," Cooper said. "The other fans are fair weather. Our guys go out every day and try to win games and bust their butts. Regardless of the results, all of the preparation and the care and their efforts, they are all out there fighting the good fight. Everyone in this room is fighting the good fight.
"But I find it irritating when people want them run out of town after a bad couple of outings. Bobby hasn't failed any more than any other closer, other than Mariano [Rivera], who is on a different planet. We have to stick by our guys through good and bad, thick and thin."
Peavy ecstatic to support White Sox
CHICAGO -- After having successful surgery to repair a detached latissimus dorsi muscle in his right posterior shoulder on July 14, Jake Peavy rejoined the team on Wednesday and plans to be with it for the rest of the season.
"As of today, I'm going to be here for the duration of the season," Peavy said. "I want to be with the team. I want to be with the boys. I want to put the uniform on with them."
Peavy will begin his rehab and hopes to be ready for the start of Spring Training in 2011, although there is no blueprint on coming back from this procedure.
"Six weeks removed, it was a nice day to get out of the sling, and a day that I have been looking forward to," Peavy said. "Now I get to start some rehab, start some moving in and for the next six weeks get some range of motion back."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.