Omogrosso exceeding expectations in 2012

Omogrosso exceeding expectations in 2012

CHICAGO -- Anyone who would have said back in April that the American League Central-leading White Sox would post a big win against Detroit on Sept. 10 behind rookies Jose Quintana and Brian Omogrosso probably worked for the White Sox organization.

Even Omogrosso himself didn't see his Major League possibilities at the time.

"With the April I had this year, I thought I was off the face of baseball earth," said Omogrosso, who posted a 7.15 ERA pitching for Triple-A Charlotte in April. "But coming back and being able to do what I have done this year, I couldn't put myself in a better spot."

Omogrosso faced Miguel Cabrera with a runner on first and two outs in the eighth inning of Monday's 6-1 White Sox victory. The right-hander yielded a double and was replaced by Donnie Veal, who retired Prince Fielder to keep the Tigers from scoring.

Factoring in Monday, Omogrosso has yielded just one run in 5 2/3 innings of work during the September playoff push. It's a great sense of accomplishment for the sixth-round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, who was beset by injuries in 2008 and 2009, but has made necessary changes to reach the Majors.

"Just changing my arm slot a little bit," Omogrosso said. "I used to be really long on my back side. Now I've shortened it up, almost taking my arm straight up. It's helping my arm catch up with my body and everything like that. It has kept me much more fluid, throwing strikes and downhill."