As is the typical reward for finishing 2nd in the Last Man Vote, Jake Peavy has been added to the AL All-Star team as an injury replacement. The reason for Peavy's addition is almost a caricature of All-Star Game injury cop-outs: C.J. Wilson has a blister on his middle finger.
In any case, Jake Peavy is now a three-time All-Star, and the circumstances of his selection won't be listed under his name when his rave review for the next Amos Lee album is quoted. It also doesn't do anything to dampen his incredible accomplishment. Peavy has returned from three years of career-changing injuries and recovery setbacks to pitch at elite level in the American League, in a hitter's ballpark.
Plenty of people didn't think he'd be able to do that in the best of circumstances.
He'll join Chris Sale in Kansas City, whom the Sox have made of point of demanding be limited to a single inning.
Tears for Deunte
Deunte Heath was demoted back to AAA after Sunday's game. He has yet to pitch an inning in the major leagues, so his next promotion--if the fates are kind to him--will still contain his MLB debut. That he couldn't even find a way into Sunday's game doesn't speak well for his chances to contribue this season.
The White Sox are a confident organization, but not quite to the point of playing with 24 players, so a corresponding move is on the way.
Until then, there's a world of time for speculation. Shuffling Heath out for another minor league reliever is nonsensical, Crain and Danks aren't far enough along in their rehab to be ready by Friday, but Humber is making a rehab start on Wednesday and might just be ready for Boston.
Humber's rehab work in Charlotte has been of the quality of someone doomed to remain there (6.1 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, HR), but the 5th starter slot is still in a state of flux until Danks arrives.
The bullpen also screams for some veteran help, but it seems unlikely that someone would need to get optioned in anticipation of a trade.
Calibrating your Axelrod expectations
Fair or not, this tweet from Chicago Side stuck out to me:
The real Dylan Axelrod has stood up. #WhiteSox
— ChicagoSide (@ChicagoSide) July 8, 2012
The notion that Axelrod was exposed in getting shelled for three home runs on Sunday seems curious, because it relies on him having been boasted as more than he is--6th starter material.
Of course, the White Sox supported that notion by pitching him on short rest. Axelrod lacks life on his fastball and needs to be at his sharpest with his command to survive, and putting him out there at under 100% seems unfair to him.
It's understandable why they did it--they were committed to resting Sale, Axelrod was the most rested starter left, Simon Castro was unavailable, and turning things over to the rookie bullpen wasn't anymore promising--but that doesn't mean it had much of a chance of great results versus a solid Toronto lineup.
If reinforcements don't come, complaints about Axelrod and the lack of a full rotation would be more than warranted. For the time being, his work deserves more context.
Carlos Sanchez of the White Sox High-A affiliate went 1 for 2 with a double and a strikeout in the All-Star Futures Game. He filled in as a reserve, and although he was put out of position at 3rd, Sanchez received high marks for his defense.
On this day, the White Sox farm system did not embarrass itself.