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Jerry_Manuel
09-01-2001, 11:35 PM
By Paul Sullivan
Tribune staff reporter
September 1, 2001 10:26 PM CDT
Harold Baines was sent to Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday for a two-game rehabilitation stint and is expected to be added to the White Sox's roster before Tuesday's doubleheader with Detroit.

The minor-league season will end Monday, at which point the Sox will likely call up a handful of players, including third baseman Joe Crede.

"The people we do call up will be ones who will be here for years to come," manager Jerry Manuel said.

But the Sox are likely to leave top prospect Joe Borchard at Double-A Birmingham, where the Barons are in line to make the Southern League playoffs. A possible major-league work stoppage next season could mean Borchard will not be in a Sox uniform this September.

"It's something to consider," general manager Ken Williams said. "That doesn't necessarily mean we wouldn't [call Borchard up]. If there is a labor stoppage, he is on your 40-man roster, so it's likely he won't be able to play at the start of the [2002] season because all 40-man players are included [in a lockout]. Do you want to run the risk of that happening?"

Cleveland called up seven players Saturday, including ex-Sox reliever Scott Radinsky. Acting manager Grady Little, subbing one more day for Charlie Manuel while Manuel recovers from surgery on his colon, was asked if the Indians would have any edge with 32 available players to the Sox's 25.

"The only way that will come into play is if both benches clear," Little said jokingly.

Nellie_Fox
09-02-2001, 02:50 AM
The Rad Man is on the toons now? I wonder if he'll ride his bicycle to Comiskey like he used to.