Luis Aparicio's No. 11 to be un-retired for Vizquel

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Omar cage.jpgI haven’t gotten this misty since Apollo Creed let Rocky wear his red white and blue trunks for the Clubber Lang rematch:

The White Sox announced Monday that Aparicio has given his consent for
Omar Vizquel to wear No. 11 in his first year with the White Sox, as
the number will be un-retired by the organization for Vizquel to wear
in tribute.

“If there is one player who I would like to see wear my uniform
number with the White Sox, it is Omar Vizquel,” said Aparicio in his
statement released Monday.  “I have known Omar for a long time.  Along
with being an outstanding player, he is a good and decent man.”

Now all that needs to happen is for Aparicio to come out of retirement, get taken out on the turn at short by the baseball equivalent of Ivan Drago, die from his injuries, have Omar train like a madman to some bad Robert Tepper song and then take revenge “like piece of iron.”

Which raises the question: who’s the baseball equivalent of Ivan Drago?

Which raises another question: when is Bill Simmons gonna sue me for stealing his shtick?

Giants place Hunter Pence on 10-day disabled list with right thumb sprain

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The Giants placed outfielder Hunter Pence on the 10-day disabled list with a right thumb sprain, per an official announcement on Friday. Pence initially sustained the injury during the club’s home opener on April 3, when he dove to intercept a line drive double from Robinson Cano and jammed his thumb. Weeks of playing through the pain hasn’t worked, so he’ll take a breather while the Giants give outfielder Mac Williamson a chance to start in left after getting called up from Triple-A Fresno.

Pence, 35, wouldn’t pin his recent struggles on his injury, but it’s clear that he’s having difficulty finding his footing this year. He slashed a meager .172/.197/.190 through 61 plate appearances in 2018, collecting just one extra-base hit and two walks during the Giants’ dismal 7-11 stretch. While it’s far too early in the season to make any final judgments, it doesn’t look like the veteran outfielder will be replicating the .275+ average, 4.0+ fWAR totals of years past (at least, not anytime soon).

Williamson, meanwhile, has gotten off to a hot start in Triple-A. Prior to his call-up this weekend, the 27-year-old batted an incredible .487/.600/1.026 with six home runs and a 1.626 OPS through his first 50 PA. A hot Triple-A bat doesn’t always survive the transition to the majors, but the Giants will use all the help they can get — especially as they take on the AL West-leading Angels this weekend.