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Sunday, April 3, 2011
Ohman: 'No concern. Bother definitely.'

By Doug Padilla

Will Ohman
Will Ohman gave up three runs over 1 1/3 innings against the Indians on Sunday.
CLEVELAND -- The White Sox’s bullpen has looked shaky in the early going, with nobody struggling more than new left-hander Will Ohman.

In a tight game Sunday, Ohman gave up three runs over 1 1/3 innings and the Indians were able to pull away for an eventual 7-1 victory.

Add that to his struggles in the season opener and Ohman’s early ERA is a weighty 27.00.

Asked about his level of concern, Ohman said: “No concern. Bother definitely. I mean it sounds cliché, but I’ve been doing this for a while, and it’s a bad stretch right now. It stinks. But it’s not something that carries over for the season.”

With the White Sox opening the season with just 11 pitchers, even more of a microscope will be placed on Ohman’s results.

“Hopefully we get him straightened out,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “I worry about players losing confidence, and that’s the worst thing that can happen. We are only carrying 11 pitchers. We can’t have somebody up every time he pitches. We can’t have that luxury.

“We only have so many guys out of the bullpen. I expect him to do better.”

Ohman said it doesn’t take a genius to figure out what is going wrong.

“Yeah, when you throw the ball over the middle of the plate guys hit it, and that’s what it was,” Ohman said. “When I left the ball up they hit it, and when I left the ball over the middle they hit it. [I’m] completely healthy, on the same page with the catcher, just not executing.”

Ohman isn’t alone in his struggles. Phil Humber has given up hits to the only two batters he has faced, although one was a bunt single, while Matt Thornton allowed two inherited runners to score while facing his first batter of the season.

The bullpen gave up six of the Indians’ 10 runs Friday and five of their seven Sunday.

“It stinks because it’s early and you don’t want to start off like this,” Ohman said. “I had a chance to keep us in the ballgame today, that’s what I wanted to do. But if this was two bad games in a row in August, it would be exactly the same: frustrating but not worried.”