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Saturday, May 9, 2009
White Sox try to figure what to do with Contreras


Before Saturday's game in a closed door meeting, that included: general manager Kenny Williams, manager Ozzie Guillen; assistant general manager Rick Hahnl; pitching coach Don Cooper and Jose Contreras, the future of the White Sox's failed starting pitcher was discussed.

A likely scenario is that that team may put Contreras on the disabled list while he continues to build strength in his pitching arm under the tutelage of the White Sox coaching staff. A second scenario would have Contreras take a minor league assignment in hopes of improving his overall command of his pitches under less stressful situations than big-league competition.

Contreras has had trouble locating his pitches, especially against left-handed hitters. The veteran Cuban pitcher has not been able to command his split finger pitch, which is a key to his success. In the meeting that followed the Contreras meeting, White Sox management was trying to decide who will replace Contreras in the rotation. Left-hander Clayton Richard could get the assignment on Wednesday when Contreras' spot opens up.