Notes: Ozzie not expecting reprimand

Notes: Ozzie not expecting reprimand

CHICAGO -- With Kenny Williams engaged in trade talks for most of Monday afternoon, he didn't have a chance to check his phone messages unrelated to the moving and acquiring of players.

Williams figured there might be a call from Bob Watson, Major League Baseball's vice president of on-field operations, relating to Ozzie Guillen and his actions Sunday after Texas starter Vicente Padilla hit Alex Cintron with a pitch in the bottom of the third.

"I wouldn't be surprised if I have a message on my desk," Williams said.

"He's like Dennis the Menace," added Williams of Guillen, with a smile.

Guillen said before Thursday's game in Detroit that if Padilla hit another one of his players, as he did twice with A.J. Pierzynski during a June 14 contest in Texas, the White Sox would do something about it. Guillen appeared to impart that responsibility on Jon Garland, who threw two pitches behind Ian Kinsler leading off the fourth on Sunday, but never hit him.

Garland's only failure Sunday led to Guillen airing out his displeasure to Garland in the dugout in between innings. On Monday, Mark Buehrle came to Garland's defense, in a roundabout way, stating that it's not as easy as it would seem to intentionally hit the opposition.

"Hitters would never know, unless they were out there," Buehrle said. "You want to throw hard. You want to hit him in the right spot. You have so much stuff going through your mind. You don't want to miss him. It's a lot harder than anyone thinks."

As for Guillen's threat to Padilla on Thursday and then his attempt to follow through Sunday, the White Sox manager does not expect to be fined or suspended for these actions. In Guillen's mind, the call to hit Kinsler and his ensuing anger with Garland represented the same feeling -- protection of his players.

"I'm suspended for something he didn't even get done? No. Why?" said Guillen, when asked about a suspension. "I did talk to Garland about the situation, I talked to the players about the situation.

"It's one thing about it, I make it clear, I won't wait for two months or until I see you in Spring Training or until I see you next year. When you get it done, you get something done right away. If it didn't happen that day, we get over it and move on."

David Riske and Guillen both were suspended earlier this season, after Riske hit Chris Duncan in a June 20 game against St. Louis. That pitch came after Sidney Ponson hit two White Sox hitters.

Fond farewell: While White Sox players clearly were happy to have Sandy Alomar Jr. back in the fold for a third tour of duty, there still was some residual sadness over catcher Chris Widger's departure.

"He was great in the clubhouse, a great guy, a great teammate and everyone loved him in here," Buehrle said. "It's sad to see him go."

Widger thanked the White Sox for giving him a chance to return to organized baseball in 2005 and part of 2006, as well as being part of a World Series champion team. He also questioned his reason for being designated for assignment, which centered on his game preparation.

Hitting coach Greg Walker spoke Monday of letting veterans follow the approach that works for them, which in Widger's case, meant not taking part in pregame flips. Walker also pointed out that using last year's success as an excuse for following the same approach in 2006 doesn't hold water, as Williams was the first to point out that last year basically was forgotten about when Spring Training began.

Don Cooper, the White Sox pitching coach, focused more on Alomar's addition than the reason for Widger's absence.

"He came and asked me, and my comment was, 'From time to time, I have to go and track him down,' and that's the long and short of it," said Cooper, referring to finding Widger for pre-series meetings to discuss the opposition. "But coaches don't make player personnel moves. We give opinions and when I was asked, that was my opinion.

"It's always tough losing somebody who helped you win a ring. But I do believe -- and it's the whole staff's belief, not a decision that I made -- that Sandy may give us a better opportunity to win some ballgames here."

Determined to return: To make room for the arrival of Mike MacDougal in the bullpen, Sean Tracey was optioned back to Triple-A Charlotte before the game. Tracey, 25, seemed determined to get back to the Majors by no later than September callups, although his return could be delayed by the Knights' International League playoff stint.

Tracey expressed that determination to Williams, an attitude that impressed the general manager.

"I've talked to Sean and told him that No. 1, he had a little different look in his eye when he came back," Williams said. "I was interested to see what he had to offer, to see if he could be that guy similar to what Bobby [Jenks] gave us last year when we brought him up."

In four relief appearances, Tracey posted a 4.50 ERA over six innings.

Deadline humor: Although most of Monday's trade deadline inquisition dealt with the Alfonso Soriano possibilities and the MacDougal certainty, there was a little levity involved in the ongoing chats between Williams, Guillen and the media. For example, Williams gave a precise excuse as to why he couldn't talk about any player on a club other than his own.

"In terms of looking at any other players out there, I can't comment on that because there are tampering rules associated with it," said Williams, when asked about Soriano by a Comcast SportsNet reporter. "If your organization wants to pay the $500,000 fine, we can talk a little more in detail. Chicago White Sox charities would love it."

The television reporter declined to ante up the fine.

Guillen, meanwhile, poked a little fun at Alomar, in the presence of a smiling Alomar. Guillen joked about how baseball was slipping if a "50-year-old" was involved in a trade. The White Sox manager even quipped that he was thinking of coming out of retirement and playing winter ball again.

Of course, Alomar is 40, not 50, and is participating in his 19th season in the Majors.

Minor punishment: Major League Baseball handed down a 50-game suspension Monday against White Sox Minor League hurler Wascar Segura, for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of its Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Segura had a 2.25 ERA over nine games for Bristol this season, striking out 11 and allowing just seven hits over 16 innings.

Down on the farm: Casey Rogowski extended his hitting streak to 11 games with two hits, including a grand slam, during Charlotte's 8-7 loss to Scranton-Wilkes Barre on Sunday. Rogowski is hitting .419 during this recent run, with two home runs and 10 RBIs. ... Class A Winston-Salem swept a doubleheader from Myrtle Beach, with Wes Whisler picking up his 10th victory and Dewon Day earning his eighth save.

Up next: Tuesday's contest promises quite the marquee matchup, with Jose Contreras (9-2, 3.43 ERA) taking the mound against Johan Santana (11-5, 3.00 ERA). After setting a White Sox franchise record with 17 straight regular-season winning decisions, Contreras has lost his last two starts. Contreras is 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA lifetime against the Twins.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.