White Sox GM: Robin Ventura has done “an excellent job”

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Robin Ventura won 85 games as a rookie manager in 2012, but the White Sox lost 99 games last year and 89 games this year.

Despite a 221-265 overall record general manager Rick Hahn is full of praise for Ventura, telling Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com that he’s done “an excellent job.”

Hahn explained that he has not considered changing managers, saying:

You have to take into account the personnel that they’re given. I don’t think it’s fair to expect them to have every player on the roster consistently overachieve or achieve at perhaps a level beyond the player’s capabilities. So we judge it from the prism of what was he given and what did he get out of them. His communication continues to be outstanding, his ability to keep all the players involved, keep them on point, to prioritize the things that we feel are important and respond to inevitable challenges.

Of course, Hahn is also linked to Ventura and is responsible for much of the rebuilt roster since taking over for longtime general manager Ken Williams. Lack of experienced talent and injuries are enough to keep Ventura off the heat seat, but another losing season could change that in a hurry.

Brett Cecil placed on 10-day injured list due to Carpal Tunnel syndrome

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On Monday, Cardinals reliever Brett Cecil was placed on the 10-day injured list due to Carpal Tunnel syndrome. Cecil, who notably lost 42 pounds since the end of the 2018 season, was having trouble with his mechanics throughout spring training and only logged two official Grapefruit League innings.

Cecil, 32, is entering the third year of his four-year, $30.5 million contract. He struggled last year, finishing with a 6.89 ERA and a 19/25 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings. The lefty dealt with shoulder and foot injuries during the season as well.

The Cardinals bolstered the bullpen in December, signing lefty Andrew Miller to a two-year, $25 million deal. It would be nice to have a healthy and effective Cecil, but the high-leverage workload will be managed by Miller and Jordan Hicks as well as Alex Reyes.

Cecil was among a handful of Cardinals to hit the injured list on Monday, joining Carlos Martínez (right shoulder cuff strain), Jedd Gyorko (right calf strain), Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement), and Justin Williams (right hand second metacarpal fracture).