The Chicago White Sox were one of many teams to be looking for a starting pitcher before the trade deadline on July 31 and Jon Heyman reports that atop their wish list is Milwaulkee Brewers righthander Zach Greinke.
News just broke that Greinke will be skipped for his Wednesday start as a little break after giving up 14 earned runs in his last 14 innings pitched. The 14 runs were recorded over three straight starts, in which two of them came back to back the last two days before the All Star break due to him being ejected after 4 pitches on the Saturday before the break. He then started the Sunday game before the break then started the Friday game when the second half started. The Brewers are saying it is not an injury, they are just letting him “recharge his batteries” after this last rough spot.
The White Sox may be getting a little desperate as they just found out over the weekend that starter Gavin Floyd will not make his scheduled start today against the Boston Red Sox. This, to go along with John Danks injury causes great concern for the first place White Sox. It is still unknown when Danks will return although he did throw some today with no pain. One bit of news that could be considered good or bad is that Phil Humber will be brought off the disabled list to start Tuesday’s game against the Red Sox.
It isn’t known exactly what the Brewers are looking for in return for Greinke, but I am sure White Sox GM Kenny Williams will be careful when making offers for a guy who will be a free agent at the end of this season. The White Sox do have some young pitching in the minor leagues such as Nestor Molina, Simon Castro and Pedro Hernandez. I am sure the Brewers will also be looking for a shortstop prospect in which the White Sox have Carlos Sanchez, Tyler Saladino and Marcus Semien. I am not sure that the Sox have what it takes without dipping into their big league team, but one thing is for sure, Kenny Williams will do whatever he has to do to get what he wants.