Thursday, April 26, 2007
Tigers-White Sox rained out
CHICAGO -- A day later, Joel Zumaya acknowledged he acted
like a "jerk" and vowed it will never happen again.
The Detroit Tigers reliever yelled an obscenity at plate umpire
Mark Wegner while he was on the mound Wednesday and had more harsh
words for him on the way to the dugout after struggling in the
Tigers' 6-2 win over the White Sox.
Thursday's game was rained out, giving Zumaya time to reflect on
"You can't be a jerk like that," he said. "You have to be
confident and straightforward like I am. It was very embarrassing
Zumaya came in after Chad Durbin pitched eight shutout innings,
and ran into trouble with two outs. He hit A.J. Pierzynski with an
0-2 pitch and walked the next four batters, forcing in two runs,
before Todd Jones retired Brian Anderson on a grounder to third.
"My apologies go to the umpire," Zumaya said. "I actually
wanted to talk to him and tell him, 'That's not me' and if he would
forgive me for disrespecting him. It was very stupid. I was
disappointed and embarrassed (for) yelling at the umpire for no
The White Sox have their own issues. Especially Anderson.
He lost the center-field job to newcomer Darin Erstad in spring
training and has done little to boost his image in the limited time
he's seen this season. He's 2-for-17 -- a .118 average -- after
batting .225 a year ago. The White Sox opted not to have Anderson
start the season in the minors, but Guillen acknowledged the player
and club are in a "tough situation."
"If Brian was playing at least decent last year, we don't have
any room for Erstad to come here," Guillen said.
Anderson batted in the ninth because Guillen chose not to use
sluggers Jermaine Dye or Jim Thome, who were nursing minor
injuries. Guillen said Dye (strained glut) was ready to play
Thursday and will be in the lineup Friday, but Thome (mild
irritation of his right rib cage) might have to wait a few days.
That was news to Thome, who said he was "ready to rock" and
feels "much, much better."
Told about Guillen's comment, Thome said, "A couple more days?
As a player, you come and want to be ready to go every day. We'll
see what happens. We'll do our work and get going (Friday)."
No makeup date has been set for Thursday's game. Both teams
pushed their starting rotation back a day, so Detroit's Nate
Robertson will pitch against Minnesota and Chicago's Jose Contreras
will go against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday.