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ATXBMX
05-08-2005, 06:38 PM
Lopez and Burke sent down, Harris reinstated and Walker called up. (http://bigleaguers.yahoo.com/mlbpa/news?slug=ap-whitesoxmoves&prov=ap&type=lgns)
I'm not sure why we called up Walker, considering his 6.00 ERA, plus it would be nice to have someone to backup Konerko. The bullpen seemed fine to me, but maybe there is a reason to have an extra lefty against Tampa.

Jjav829
05-08-2005, 06:42 PM
Lopez and Burke sent down, Harris reinstated and Walker called up. (http://bigleaguers.yahoo.com/mlbpa/news?slug=ap-whitesoxmoves&prov=ap&type=lgns)
I'm not sure why we called up Walker, considering his 6.00 ERA, plus it would be nice to have someone to backup Konerko. The bullpen seemed fine to me, but maybe there is a reason to have an extra lefty against Tampa.

Well, the Rays two best hitters are lefties, so maybe that's why.

Plus you always want to have that lefty specialist that can face Chris Singleton in big situations. :smile:

PAPChiSox729
05-08-2005, 06:44 PM
Lopez and Burke sent down, Harris reinstated and Walker called up. (http://bigleaguers.yahoo.com/mlbpa/news?slug=ap-whitesoxmoves&prov=ap&type=lgns)
I'm not sure why we called up Walker, considering his 6.00 ERA, plus it would be nice to have someone to backup Konerko. The bullpen seemed fine to me, but maybe there is a reason to have an extra lefty against Tampa.

Yeah, the idea of bringing up Walker is beyond me. I would have kept Burke up since Gload is on the DL. Our bullpen is fine. Don't fix it if it aint broke.

kevingrt
05-08-2005, 07:08 PM
Lopez and Burke sent down, Harris reinstated and Walker called up. (http://bigleaguers.yahoo.com/mlbpa/news?slug=ap-whitesoxmoves&prov=ap&type=lgns)
I'm not sure why we called up Walker, considering his 6.00 ERA, plus it would be nice to have someone to backup Konerko. The bullpen seemed fine to me, but maybe there is a reason to have an extra lefty against Tampa.

The move of Walker up makes absolutely no sense. Please KW explain something to us

munchman33
05-08-2005, 07:25 PM
I don't care if he's left-handed. He's getting torched in AAA. And now he picks up an extra $425,000. I think we'd be better off keeping three catchers. Our pitchers are going deep enough into games that Cotts and Vizcaino aren't getting enough work anyway.

TheBull19
05-08-2005, 07:26 PM
Gload's eligible to return on the 10th or 11th, I'm guessing they'll reactivate him at the end of the D-Rays series

crector
05-08-2005, 07:58 PM
The move of Walker up makes absolutely no sense. Please KW explain something to us


KW put together a team that's gone 24-7 and you can't at least give him the benefit of the doubt?

bayzbol44
05-08-2005, 08:30 PM
Could KW be trying to "show" him to a team or two for an "additional" piece in a trade (soon or in the future)?

Ol' No. 2
05-08-2005, 10:24 PM
Could KW be trying to "show" him to a team or two for an "additional" piece in a trade (soon or in the future)?Trouble is, he hasn't been too good in AAA. If he shows what he's got, his value could go down. I don't get it, either. They've been having a hard time finding IP for the relievers they have. There will probably be an explanation in tomorrow's papers.

swanson24
05-08-2005, 10:31 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by ATXBMX
Lopez and Burke sent down, Harris reinstated and Walker called up. (http://bigleaguers.yahoo.com/mlbpa/news?slug=ap-whitesoxmoves&prov=ap&type=lgns)
I'm not sure why we called up Walker, considering his 6.00 ERA, plus it would be nice to have someone to backup Konerko. The bullpen seemed fine to me, but maybe there is a reason to have an extra lefty against Tampa.


Thanks for the information. I'm surprised to hear that. The whole situation with Willie is bizarre. I'm not trying to rip on the guy but wasn't he recently put on the bereavement list, I know he had a member of the family die but I never heard the whole story. I wonder if Willie has worn out his welcome on the South Side. I always liked his enthusiasm and speed so I don't get it.

AJPosguchi
05-08-2005, 10:34 PM
Why not bring up Brian Anderson for a few days to give Dya a break. Anderson is hitting .311 with 4 homers in Charlotte.

Any chance Lopez got hurt in the collision with Zaun?

DickAllen72
05-08-2005, 10:37 PM
Quote:
The whole situation with Willie is bizarre. I'm not trying to rip on the guy but wasn't he recently put on the bereavement list, I know he had a member of the family die but I never heard the whole story. I wonder if Willie has worn out his welcome on the South Side. I always liked his enthusiasm and speed so I don't get it.

What's so bizarre? :?:

A member of Willie's family passed away, Willie was put on bereavement to attend the funeral and take care of some family matters, now he's back and reinstated.

Foulke You
05-08-2005, 11:43 PM
I see 3 possible scenarios:

1)Perhaps Neal Cotts is being dangled in a trade?

2)Ozzie might want another fresh arm in the bullpen to play around with. We all know he has LaRussa esque moments of using 3 pitchers in 1 inning.:D:

3) KW also might be seeing what he has in Walker to see if it is necessary to plug another lefty specialist into the bully at the deadline.

tacosalbarojas
05-08-2005, 11:50 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by ATXBMX
Lopez and Burke sent down, Harris reinstated and Walker called up. (http://bigleaguers.yahoo.com/mlbpa/news?slug=ap-whitesoxmoves&prov=ap&type=lgns)
I'm not sure why we called up Walker, considering his 6.00 ERA, plus it would be nice to have someone to backup Konerko. The bullpen seemed fine to me, but maybe there is a reason to have an extra lefty against Tampa.


Thanks for the information. I'm surprised to hear that. The whole situation with Willie is bizarre. I'm not trying to rip on the guy but wasn't he recently put on the bereavement list, I know he had a member of the family die but I never heard the whole story. I wonder if Willie has worn out his welcome on the South Side. I always liked his enthusiasm and speed so I don't get it.I heard a quote saying out of respect for Willie's privacy they didn't want to elaborate. Could have been from Ozzie or KW. Anyway, it was probably a sibling or parent, and I'm sure the story will come out in some form tomorrow when Willie's back. As Hawk would say, "hang in there, big guy."

And I agree with #2, we can't even find innings for Cotts, Vizcaino and Politte. Strange too that Burke went down after only a week.

DaleJRFan
05-08-2005, 11:55 PM
Could KW be trying to "show" him to a team or two for an "additional" piece in a trade (soon or in the future)?

Exactly my thought process on the subject. Cubs need bullpen help.

jabrch
05-09-2005, 12:34 AM
Why not bring up Brian Anderson for a few days to give Dya a break. Anderson is hitting .311 with 4 homers in Charlotte.

Any chance Lopez got hurt in the collision with Zaun?

Cuz Dye is 9 for his last 29 and is just starting to heat up. No reason to yank him now!

owensmouth
05-09-2005, 12:43 AM
According to the Cubune, it's because Tampa Bay, Baltimore and Texas are heavy with left handed hitters.

http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/cs-050508soxbits,1,6558511.story?coll=cs-home-headlines

schmitty9800
05-09-2005, 12:49 AM
3) KW also might be seeing what he has in Walker to see if it is necessary to plug another lefty specialist into the bully at the deadline.I'd say that's the most likely scenario. Ozzie probably also wants to see how he can use another lefty in the bullpen. Also, his trade value isn't improving in AAA, why not call him up before we need another roster spot for Frank and see what he can do.

BigEdWalsh
05-09-2005, 11:33 AM
Wee Willie will be back today and Lopez was optioned back to Charlotte. Also, according to the Daily Southtown, Burke is to be sent down and replaced by Kevin Walker. Do the Sox really need a 12th pitcher at this time?

Nice job while you were here, Pedro! :gulp:

elrod
05-09-2005, 11:36 AM
Batting Coach Greg Walker is going to pitch?

NorthlakeTom
05-09-2005, 11:45 AM
Burke has to clear waivers, so we might lose him. I'm not aware of other teams' needs right now, but the Sox are risking losing a valuable utility player, IMO. The move doesn't make a bit of sense to me, but I guess we'll see what happens.

Ol' No. 2
05-09-2005, 11:47 AM
Burke has to clear waivers, so we might lose him. I'm not aware of other teams' needs right now, but the Sox are risking losing a valuable utility player, IMO. The move doesn't make a bit of sense to me, but I guess we'll see what happens.Burke was designated for assignment. But if I understand the rules correctly, they can bring him back to the roster within 10 days, no? If so, they could use Walker for the TB (and Baltimore) series, then send him back down and reinstate Burke.

NorthlakeTom
05-09-2005, 11:54 AM
Burke was designated for assignment. But if I understand the rules correctly, they can bring him back to the roster within 10 days, no? If so, they could use Walker for the TB (and Baltimore) series, then send him back down and reinstate Burke.

I got this from the Sun-Times:
Another Sox move to be made official today is Jamie Burke being designated for assignment. Burke was recalled when Harris left the team last week. Burke has to clear waivers before joining Charlotte, meaning any team can claim him, and he likely will explore his options with another organization.
http://www.suntimes.com/output/sox/cst-spt-ssep09.html

Clembasbal
05-09-2005, 01:14 PM
I think that our starters are going too deep into the game. Maybe Ozzie sees this and is going to give them more of a break, so he needs an extra arm?

Of course, I am not an insider nor a beat writer. But he has been using his starters a ton lately.

wilburaga
05-09-2005, 01:45 PM
Burke was designated for assignment. But if I understand the rules correctly, they can bring him back to the roster within 10 days, no? If so, they could use Walker for the TB (and Baltimore) series, then send him back down and reinstate Burke.

This is from page 408 of the Media Guide.

"When the active roster limit and/or the 40-man roster limits of a particular club have been reached, and the club wishes to add an additional player to either the active or 40-man rosters, the club may designate for assignment a player currently on the 40-man roster. The club then has 10 days to trade, outright to the minors, or release the designated player. Once designated, the player no longer counts against the club's active or 40-man roster limits."

Reading that, I don't think the Sox can bring back Burke without first outrighting him, and exposing him to waivers. What the past week's roster shuffling has demonstrated to me is that Ross Gload's primary value to this team is as an insurance policy against Paulie going down. I don't see how Ozzie can get him enough playing time to keep him sharp. I wonder if he has any options left since he appears to me to be even more the odd man out when #35 returns.

W

maurice
05-09-2005, 02:13 PM
I'm sure Walker will be used only as a LOOGY. There weren't enough innings to keep the 6-man pen busy. Unfortunately, Ozzie has a bit of Tony LaRussa in him.

Ol' No. 2
05-09-2005, 02:22 PM
I'm sure Walker will be used only as a LOOGY. There weren't enough innings to keep the 6-man pen busy. Unfortunately, Ozzie has a bit of Tony LaRussa in him.Unfortunately, LOOGY's generally don't get enough work to stay sharp, and often turn into LOBBGY's (see Wunsch, Kelly). Walker (aptly named) issued 9 free passes in 13.0 IP in Charlotte. Not to mention 4 HR.

Banix12
05-09-2005, 02:26 PM
According to the Cubune, it's because Tampa Bay, Baltimore and Texas are heavy with left handed hitters.

http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/cs-050508soxbits,1,6558511.story?coll=cs-home-headlines

This makes the most sense to me, I think Ozzie and Kenny figured they would get more use out of an extra lefty over this stretch than a backup catcher/infielder who wasn't likely to get in many games anyway.

This could also mean Ozuna is now officially healthy, though that's just speculation.

bafiarocks03
05-09-2005, 04:11 PM
WOOOHOO!! Yes!! i've missed Willie soooooooo much! what he's been gone for a week! Yay!!! Let's hope he plays now!!

maurice
05-09-2005, 04:18 PM
Unfortunately, LOOGY's generally don't get enough work to stay sharp

Hopefully, it won't come to that, and Walker will be sent down in a week after K'ing 2 or 3 lefties. Walker blows, but he's been very good against lefties.

I'm obviously againt pitching guys a third of an inning, unless they're getting hit hard.