Ozzie Guillen was Ozzie Guillen in his pregame availability a few minutes ago. And, as is always the case, there was a refreshing lack of polish in his comments about the tail-spinning White Sox. Brett Ballantini of CSN Chicago reports:
“I’m not making any excuses: We suck … Maybe our players don’t feel the same way, but we do. We care about this ballclub. Every time we lose a game [the coaches feel like] we fail … Our salary sucks. The only reward we have as coaches is winning … Every day you have to go out and fight, go and fight like a man. That’s why a lot of coaches drink, smoke, have ulcers. I don’t have any of those. This week, I haven’t even touched a beer yet.”
I’m not sure if the part about not touching a beer yet means that he’s so calm that he’s not driven to drink or if it means that he’s so upset that he’s been too occupied to drink.
Jon Heyman reports that the Giants have released outfielder Melvin Upton. He requested his release.
Upton, who turned 33 yesterday, signed with San Francisco in early April after the Blue Jays released him. It was a minor league deal. After recovering from a rash of minor injuries, Upton batted .244/.306/.333 in 12 games at Triple-A Sacramento. There was no indication that the Giants were going to call him up. I presume that, back when they signed him, they figured they’d be contending and could maybe use a veteran bat. That’s obviously not the case anymore.
I suppose it’s possible that someone gives Upton a look when rosters expand in eight days, but I figure it’s more likely that we’ll next see him as he fights to make a team on a minor league deal next spring.
Andrew Miller leaving last night’s Indians-Red Sox game got all the press, but the Indians lost another key player in the game as well: Carlos Santana. He was forced to leave after going 0-for-3. There was no followup announcement after the game, so he’s likely being reevaluated.
Santana is hitting .250/.355/.446 on the year, but he’s been pretty hot of late, hitting .375 with a couple of homers in the past week.