Wright on Schedule, Garland on the Edge

Patience for 23-year-old righty Jon Garland is running thin for manager Jerry Manuel and the White Sox. Following Monday's start, one where he gave up five runs in 2 2/3 innings, Manuel hinted Garland could be on his way out once Danny Wright is ready to come in.

Wright, 25, threw four innings in game one of Tuesday's double header for the triple-A Charlotte Knights, giving up two runs off a homer, five hits and one walk. Wright struck out four in the game and threw 76 pitches.

Wright, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow injury dating back to early spring training, reported no pain after the game, leaving him on track to return by the second week in May.

Pending Josh Stewart's progress till then -- Stewart is 1-1 with a 3.71 ERA -- Garland could either move to the pen or possibly to the minors.

Garland, who started his career with the Sox in 2000, where he compiled a 6.46 ERA in 69 2/3 innings, was inconsistent in 2001 and 2002, yet managed to finish the season's with a 3.69 ERA and 4.58 ERA.

Going 12-12 in his first full season in 2002, Garland is 0-2 in four starts with a 7.32 ERA. His only quality start, one run in seven innings against the Royals on April 16, resulted in a no decision as the bullpen lost the lead.

Garland's next start is schedule for this Saturday, April 26 against the Minnesota Twins, a team he's had some success against, posting a 3.86 ERA in 30 1/3 innings.


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