Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Gray departs with head held high
By Doug Padilla
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jeff Gray had one heck of a send-off Tuesday night.
Expected to be sent down officially Wednesday when Jake Peavy returns to the pitching staff, Gray said farewell with three scoreless innings in relief of a struggling John Danks.
"Awesome," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He's been pitching well. He's pitched very good for us. This kid has good stuff."
The only thing that could save him is if the White Sox decide that struggling Tony Pena needs to hit the disabled list. The right-hander missed a few days recently with a sore elbow.
That isn't expected, though, and Gray could be seen in the clubhouse after Tuesday's game saying his goodbyes to teammates.
The right-hander didn't make the Opening Day roster, but was recalled when Lastings Milledge was designated for assignment so the pitching staff could be expanded to 12 members. He has been better than expected with a 2.70 ERA over six appearances.