From beat writer Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com …
Bonifacio was pushed off the 40-man roster of the crosstown White Sox on August 16 after batting just .167/.198/.192 with one stolen base in 47 games. He stole 26 bases in 110 games last season between the Cubs and Braves. Look for the Northsiders to use him in a utility and pinch-running role in September.
The 30-year-old Bonifacio will report to the Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate in Iowa for now.
Votes of confidence from team brass are superficially nice I suppose, but they often are the harbingers of a manager hitting the unemployment line. It’s probably a correlation/causation issue as you don’t get them unless your team stinks anyway. There is a reason why votes of confidence are often prefaced with “dreaded.” You really don’t want to be in the position to get one in the first place.
That’s what happened with Robin Ventura on Friday night, however, with Kenny Williams doing the voting. From Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com:
On Friday, Williams, the White Sox executive vice president, said he doesn’t believe the White Sox manager or his staff is to blame for the team’s struggles. Ventura had said earlier Friday he feels he has strong support from Williams, general manager Rick Hahn and chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, all of who he’s in constant contact with. Ventura joked that Williams’ approval could be seen as a “kiss of death” before noting his appreciation.
Guess we’ll see. The White Sox loaded up on talent in the offseason, trading for Jeff Samardzija and signing David Robertson, Melky Cabrera, Adam LaRoche, Zach Duke, Emilio Bonifacio and Geovany Soto. Despite that they stand at 32-41 which is good for last place in the AL Central.
Micah Johnson has been the White Sox’s starting second baseman all season after winning the job out of spring training as a 24-year-old rookie, but now they’ve demoted him back to Triple-A.
Johnson showed little power and struggled at times defensively, but he also hit .270 with a .333 on-base percentage. And really the White Sox shouldn’t have expected a whole lot of production considering that Johnson posted a measly .684 OPS at Triple-A last season.
Veteran utility man Emilio Bonifacio seems like the best bet to replace Johnson as the primary second baseman and the White Sox are also expected to call up Carlos Sanchez from Triple-A.