GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With three runs allowed in the fifth inning of Monday's 7-6 loss to the Padres at Camelback Ranch, Chris Sale's Cactus League ERA rose to 7.36 over just 7 1/3 innings.
Manager Ozzie Guillen isn't necessarily worried about the rookie's struggles, but he does know there is some improvement to be had. Guillen talked with pitching coach Don Cooper after Sale's outing, expressing a desire for Sale to work on location during his next side session.
"I'm not concerned about him, but I'm disappointed a little bit," said Guillen of Sale. "Not because he gave up three [runs], that's part of the game. He was missing spots. The ball was supposed to be in and it was away. The ball was supposed to be away and it was in. He was a little out of whack today. But that's all.
"We have to be patient with this kid. A lot of people think he's Sandy Koufax, 30 years in the big leagues. This kid just came out of college two weeks ago. It's a learning process. It's not about stuff but where you locate your stuff."
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Gartrell among eight roster moves
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The White Sox made eight roster moves following Monday's 7-6 loss to the Padres.
Right-handed pitchers Anthony Carter and Freddy Dolsi, infielder Eduardo Escobar and outfielder Stefan Gartrell were optioned to Triple-A Charlotte. Right-handed pitchers Kyle Cofield and Nate Jones were optioned to Double-A Birmingham, and right-handed pitchers Brandon Hynick and Miguel Socolovich were reassigned to Minor League camp.
With the moves, the White Sox have 18 pitchers, four catchers, 10 infielders and six outfielders in camp. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen pointed to the work from Gartrell, who had two home runs in Cactus League games and two more in "B" games, and Escobar as eye-opening over the past month.
"Gartrell, we have to send him down but this kid had a great Spring Training," Guillen said. "Escobar played better than what people thought. We are very excited about him, what he can do.
"When we talked to all of them, I said how hopefully it's about 25 players, but it's never going to happen. It's about 30 or 32 players and they have to be ready and prepared to help us in the summer."
Floyd ready to get his work in
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- If it's a scheduled off-day for the White Sox, as Tuesday is, then it must mean Gavin Floyd is set to pitch.
"We make a joke, it might be true, I don't know, ask [White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper]," said Floyd with a laugh. "But he said that he looks at the off-day and puts Floyd on the off-day and works backwards."
Floyd will throw five innings of a simulated game against White Sox Minor Leaguers, but he doesn't seem bothered by taking one day off from the Cactus League ledger.
"Obviously, you want to see the guys that you are going to face during the season," Floyd said. "But no matter who is up there, you try to focus on pitch location and getting ahead of hitters and stuff like that at this point.
"Whether it's the guys that I'm throwing against tomorrow or other teams' starting lineups, you just try to be consistent and work on the things you need to work on. I guess it's a common theme of Spring Training."
Third to first
A.J. Pierzynski's first home run of the spring came off San Diego left-hander Cory Luebke during Monday's 7-6 loss. ... During a cut-in interview with pitching coach Don Cooper as part of Monday's broadcast, Pierzynski managed to get a copy of Ken "Hawk" Harrelson's autobiography on camera. ... Lastings Milledge extended his hitting streak to six games with a home run in the third inning off Aaron Harang.