NOTES: Cox impressed with Sean White
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Cox impressed with Sean White
Braves' Manager Bobby Cox specifically mentioned rookie right-hander Sean White in his postgame comments Wednesday. White was the winner of the afternoon game against the Dodgers, pitching two perfect innings with a strikeout. White now has pitched in three games and has an ERA of 4.50. He's allowed four hits in six innings pitched, with two walks and four strikeouts.
"That kid Sean White...I'll tell you," Cox said, shaking his head with excitement. "He's a guy they put on the roster kind of late cause everybody started liking the guy. I see why. The ball comes out of his hand real quick. It doesn't register high, and I don't know why. But everybody in the dugout was talking about it. I like him. He's got real good control and quality stuff."
White split last season between Myrtle Beach and Mississippi. He was 11-8 overall with a 3.85 ERA, 155 hits allowed in 147.1 innings pitched, 47 walks, and 98 strikeouts. He is scheduled to be a starter with the AA team in Mississippi, but he has definitely made an impression on Cox.
Barry a surprise early cut
Of the nine players booted out of major league camp Wednesday, the biggest surprise was righty reliever Kevin Barry, who had a 1.80 ERA in four relief appearances. He also was second on the team with seven strikeouts.
Barry was considered a longshot to make the bullpen, but his solid early work made many wonder if he was being thought of as a serious option. However, his early demotion caught many off guard.
Cox said that even though he was being sent down, Barry did make a positive impression this month.
"He looked good," Cox said. "He looked good. We're not going to forget him."
Giles and Betemit both day-to-day
Cox said that infielders Marcus Giles and Wilson Betemit should both return to the lineup in a few days.
Giles felt some shoulder soreness early in the game Tuesday against the Astros. Cox blamed it on the extra work Giles has put in after missing time earlier this month to be with his wife and newborn baby.
"He's just tired, sore," Cox said. "He'll have tomorrow off too. He's day-to-day."
Betemit had X-rays this morning after straining his rib cage Tuesday night during batting practice. He had his ribs wrapped on Wednesday, but Cox expects him back soon.
"He's just sore," Cox said. "There's nothing wrong with him. It's just a day-to-day thing."
Betemit's been one of the hottest players in camp this month, leading the team with a .464 batting average.
Bullpen not settled yet, so don't ask
With the loss of John Foster for at least a month, questions remain about the bullpen. Cox said he is still evaluating his pitchers in camp, but with two weeks to go before the team heads north, nothing is set in stone.
"I really haven't decided on anything like that," Cox said. "It's too early to talk about."
Burdette visits with Braves
Braves' Hall of Famer Lew Burdette was in the Atlanta clubhouse Wednesday at Disney's Wide World of Sports. The 79-year-old Burdette visited with Cox and some of the other coaches. Burdette won 179 games as a Brave when the team was in Boston and Milwaukee between 1951 and 1963. He was inducted into the Braves' Hall of Fame in 2001.
Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional front office philosophies. Email Bill at email@example.com.
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