TUCSON, Ariz. – The organization’s meetings the last two mornings have heated up, as tough decisions now need to be made.
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen continued showing his hand a bit on Tuesday, especially as far as their plans for second base.
“The last few days have been crazy for me, [general manager] Kenny [Williams] and the coaching staff,’’ Guillen admitted Tuesday. “We have a lot of good problems, some tough decisions to make. That’s what we’ve been talking about it. The thing we want to make sure is we aren’t changing our minds every day. That’s why we really, really have to be careful and go really deep when we make these decisions.’’
Starting with Cuban rookie Alexei Ramirez, who has gone from unknown international player to the man that has transformed the organization’s morning meetings from one pot of coffee to two.
“He’s done some good things this spring, and to be honest with you I’m a little shocked,’’ hitting coach Greg Walker said.
The debate the last few mornings? If Ramirez is not the starter at second base, can he still make the team because of his versatility to also play shortstop and center field?
“Yes he can,’’ Guillen said with little hesitation. “Our concern right now is how many at-bats we can find him? Now we’re putting Ramirez in the outfield to see how he handles it. We still don’t know if it would be better for him to play every day [in the minors] to develop or if we can get him the at-bats.’’
Guillen has already stated that Pablo Ozuna will be one of the reserves, as well as back-up catcher Toby Hall and a fourth outfielder. That leaves one vacancy.
With Juan Uribe taking the lead in winning the second base job, decisions will have to be made with Danny Richar and Ramirez. Richar, who has been suffering with an injured back, would likely start the season as the Class AAA Charlotte second baseman.