White Sox VP Boyer: No deal with WLS radio
According to media blogger Robert Feder, the White Sox are going to be heard on a new radio station next season.
Feder on Tuesday reported the Sox and WLS 890-AM are going to be finalizing a six-year contract this week.
Radio rights to the White Sox have been held by WSCR 670-AM since 2006.
According to Brooks Boyer, the Sox' vice president of sales and marketing, Feder's report is premature.
"There is no deal with WLS," Boyer told the Daily Herald. "Our rights are up after this season, but there is no imminent deal. There is certainly interest in our rights from all parties listed and we are doing our due diligence with all interested parties, but I'm not sure where today's blog post came from.
"Understandable, plausible argument, guess. (Feder) never reached out to anyone here seeking comment."
Feder reported the White Sox also considered staying with WSCR and looked at WGN 720-AM before opting for WLS.
Stay tuned (pardon the pun).
On the mend:
There has been plenty of talk about the Sox' offense, which is the worst in the American League, and the defense, which is one of the worst in the major leagues.
The White Sox' bullpen was a strength early, but the relief corps has tailed off and entered Tuesday with the highest batting average against (.277) in baseball while ranking 13th in the AL with a 3.98 ERA.
The Sox should be getting two veteran relievers back soon.
Left-hander Dan Jennings, who has been on the disabled list since June 5 with a sore neck, is on a rehabilitation assignment with Class AAA Charlotte.
Jennings is 1-2 with a 7.83 ERA in 22 games with the White Sox.
Matt Albers, who has been out since late April after breaking his right pinkie finger in the Sox' brawl against the Royals, pitched a simulated game Tuesday at Target Field and is close to going on a rehab assignment.
Albers made 4 relief appearances in April and allowed 1 run in 5⅔ innings.
He's No. 1:
Carson Fulmer, the White Sox' first-round draft pick (No. 8 overall) earlier this month, pitched 7⅔ shutout innings Monday night while leading Vanderbilt over Virginia in the opener of the College World Series.
Fulmer, who finished the season with a 14-2 record, took the mound in Game 1 despite being under the weather.
"It hit me early on (Sunday) night," Fulmer told The Tennessean. "I felt a little odd, but I didn't think too much of it. I just started shaking and threw on a heavy jacket and got under the sheets and tried to sweat it out through the night. I took some medication real quick before the game."