Something pretty awful happened in what was expected to be a routine spring training game yesterday between the White Sox and Angels in Tempe. After entering the contest as a defensive replacement in the sixth, top prospect Jared Mitchell made a spectacular catch off the bat of Juan Rivera for the first out. The bad news is that Mitchell crashed into the wall, tore a tendon inside his left ankle, will have surgery next week and is most likely out for the season.
Ozzie put it perfectly. This is really a shame, especially considering how much speed is part of Mitchell’s game. The 2010 season was going to be Jared’s first full year and, after an eye-opening spring, was certainly headed in the right direction on his quest to play in Chicago.
Back to the games: The Sox did defeat the Angels, 10-7…Jake Peavy pitched three scoreless innings, Gordon Beckham was 3 for 4, a homer and two RBIs and Alex Rios went 2 for 3, a homer and two RBIs. Beckham is now hitting .364 this spring, Rios is at .357…Sox lost to the Cubs, 6-5, in yesterday’s other game in Las Vegas…Alejandro De Aza was 2 for 4 with two RBI. He now sports a .471 Cactus League batting average.