NEW YORK — White Sox notes from Aug. 2
Jose Contreras understands why the White Sox are skipping his start Sunday, but the right-hander said if that becomes a trend rather than a one-time thing, he wants out.
“If they don’t want me as a starter next year, I want to be out of here,” Contreras said Thursday through translator Joey Cora. “I want to be a starter next year, definitely. I feel good, and maybe for the remainder of the year I’ll be in the bullpen. But I fully expect to start next year, fully work out during the offseason hard and be ready for next year to start.
“But in case they don’t want me as a starter, I guess they’re going to have to talk because I want to be a starter, and not be anything but a starter, next year.”
With Contreras struggling, the Sox announced that Gavin Floyd will start Sunday in Detroit in what’s billed as a one-time thing — unless Floyd pitches well.
Manager Ozzie Guillen said granting Contreras’ request could be hard, considering the $10 million the right-hander is due next year and his 5-14 record and 6.60 ERA this season, among other things.
“I understand Jose’s frustration, I understand Jose’s opinion, I understand what he wants to do. But unfortunately, he doesn’t make that decision,” Guillen said. “It’s easy to say, ‘I want to be traded if they don’t have it in the plans to start,’ but making a trade isn’t like ‘I’m going to trade this guy for that guy and that’s it.’
“I don’t think Jose understands that particular thing. When you want to get traded, someone wants to have you, would like to have you. He has to pitch better to do that.”
As far as his recent demotion, Contreras said he will continue his rigorous offday workouts despite being in the bullpen, because he believes he’ll only miss one start.
“People can think whatever they want to think. I haven’t gotten the results, but I’ll be back,” Contreras said. “I don’t care what people think. I’m healthy. I feel good and that’s the main thing. I’ll be back.”
Coming Up Short?
The Sox have a $5 million option on shortstop Juan Uribe for next season, but Guillen has already said Uribe will need to improve for the team to pick up that option.
The problem with letting him go is that there’s no heir apparent that Guillen wants to see at shortstop.
“I want (Danny) Richar just to concentrate on second base and make sure we take a real good look at him as a second baseman, but I will try to put (Andy) Gonzalez there (short),” Guillen said of this season.
Fine By Him
Guillen hasn’t heard from Major League Baseball about his harsh words for umpires after Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s games.
“Well, they should (call), at least to hear my opinion,” Guillen said. “I think we always hear from them, but they never hear from us. ...
“I don’t expect any suspension, but as soon as you get kicked out of the game you obviously get fined. We’ll see what they’re going to do.”
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