Sox trusting wide-eyed Omogrosso in tight spots

Sox trusting wide-eyed Omogrosso in tight spots

Sox trusting wide-eyed Omogrosso in tight spots
BOSTON -- After spending parts of six years in the Minors, Brian Omogrosso relishes every inning he's getting to pitch for the White Sox in his first big league chance. The White Sox, in turn, have trusted the 28-year-old in tight game situations, as one of six current rookie relievers.

Omogrosso hurled a scoreless seventh inning in relief of Philip Humber during Tuesday's 7-5 victory over the Red Sox. That performance came after Omogrosso protected a one-run lead for Jose Quintana in the sixth inning of Friday's 14-inning victory at Kauffman Stadium.

Working as a closer or setup man during his Minor League career, Omogrosso thrives on these pressure-packed situations. He also knows pitching the seventh for the White Sox is different from pitching the ninth for Triple-A Charlotte.

"There's no question," Omogrosso said. "I know every hitter from 1 to 9 is just as good as every three- and four-hole hitter [in the Minors], if not a lot better.

"So, I kind of enjoy the challenge a little more. It magnifies every pitch that much more that you have to be that much more perfect. But I told them that if they want me to be the bullpen catcher, I'll be the bullpen catcher. I'll be the long relief guy. I'll do whatever they need me to do."