Is there a way to defect from the Dominican Republic?
If there is, White Sox second baseman Danny Richar might want to explore that option.
Saturday came and went without the club hearing anything from their second-year infielder, and while manager Ozzie Guillen wasn’t feeling the need to completely bury Richar, there was no question that as each day goes by, Richar moves deeper and deeper into his skipper’s doghouse.
Guillen was asked if Richar’s fallen off the depth chart for that starting job at second, and after a long pause said, “He's going to have a legit shot. Not because of a mistake you make, I'm going to take this thing away. But when you are a couple days late and guys are getting ready for the season, that could hurt you.’’
As far as Guillen is concerned, former starting shortstop Juan Uribe and rookie Alexei Ramirez have each made a strong case to earn the job through the early days of camp, and the longer Richar is out, the harder it will be for him.
“I can talk about this issue because I played with this visa for 10-11 years,’’ Guillen added. “If you're supposed to be in spring training one day, you're not going to get your visa the day before.’’
-- Octavio Dotel was filthy on Saturday, breaking Nick swisher’s bat and leaving hitters shaking their heads.
-- Third baseman Joe Crede was back in the batting cages on Saturday, after a bruised hand hampered him the last two days. Crede also participated in live batting practice.