As veteran right-hander Jose Contreras continues to struggle in the starting rotation for the Chicago White Sox, Aptos High alum Carlos Torres remains red-hot in Triple-A Charlotte, thus prompting Windy City-based baseball beat writers to question when Torres will be promoted.
No arguement here, though manger Ozzie Guillen reportedly said Contreras’ velocity is still high and he has the stuff to find success in the bigs.
The Chicago Daily Herald wrote that Contreras will probably gets another start or two, but he’s headed for the bullpen if he can’t get it turned around. Contreras’ 8.31 ERA in 26 innings is the worst in the American League among qualified starters.
Contreras, in his eighth-year in the majors, is 0-4 in five starts has allowed 34 hits, while striking out 14 and walking 14. The right-hander is 65-54 in his career with a 4.65 ERA.
He’s the No. 4 starter in a rotation that includes lefties Mark Buehrle and John Danks and righties Gavin Floyd and Bartolo Colon.
While free-agents are an option to fill Contreras’ spot if he is sent to the bullpen, it’s likely general manager Kenny Williams will stay in house, possibly turning to current relievers Lance Broadway or Clayton Richards.
How about utilizing the hottest arm at Triple-A Charlotte?
Torres entered his last start with a lifetime 20-24 record and 3.75 ERA in the minors. Despite his struggles as a late season callup to Triple-A last season, Torres has shown much improvement in the offseason and responded to the organization requiring he throw more offspeed pitches. In five starts this season, Torres is 3-1 with a 0.96 ERA in 28 innings, allowing 19 hits. He has 28 strikeouts and 10 walks.