Crawford placed on DL with strained left hamstring

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Crawford placed on DL with strained left hamstring

By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON -- Left fielder Carl Crawford has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Crawford injured his leg beating out an infield single in the first inning Friday night against the Brewers.

The Sox medical staff said Crawford would be out at least 10-14 days, making the decision to put the left fielder on the DL an easy one.

Outfielder Josh Reddick was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Crawfords place on the roster.

Manager Terry Francona said he would use Darnell McDonald, Mike Cameron, Reddick, and possibly Drew Sutton to take Crawfords place in the field and in the lineup. McDonald is starting in left tonight, batting sixth.

In 67 games this season, Crawford is batting .243 with six home runs, 31 RBI, and eight stolen bases in 12 attempts. He is in the first year of a seven-year, 142 million contract.

Reddick in his second stint with the Sox this season. He was also called up May 26, when Darnell McDonald went on the DL with a left quad strain, returning to Pawtucket on June 5. He has become accustomed to such moves.

Thats one role that Ive become accustomed to in the last few years that Ive been up and down with these guys and I feel like I know my role pretty well, he said. You can't get down on yourself. Youve just got to be ready to play every day and go through the same routines no matter what, whether you're playing or not playing.

I found real fast that youve got to stay in your routine whether you're playing or not. Last year that got really tough and frustrating and I just didn't stick with it. This year Ive kind of stuck with my routine whether I was playing down there or up here, so it seems to be keeping me in line a little bit more and in my groove a little bit better.

The left-handed hitting Reddick has hit .385 (5-for-13), with four RBI. He is third in the International League with 14 home runs. He was not in the starting lineup against Milwaukee left-hander Randy Wolf.

Hopefully, I can get in there against righties and play some left field, he said. I havent done it a whole lot this year but Ive done it in the past so I feel pretty comfortable out there.

Ive been out there the last two years. Ive been out there a few times but its just pretty simple. As they say anything thats hit over your head is off the wall so anything in front of you can pretty much come in on so thats the one thing I live by. Im not going to be afraid to go against the wall because I know Ells is there and hes quick enough to get over there.

Reddick, who made his major league debut July 31, 2009, has had several calls to help the big league team. While its always exciting, its different than it was that first time.

You always get excited, he said. But I dont think its as exciting as it was those first couple of times when you come up here and debut. You feel more comfortable and its something you're ready for as opposed to not being ready in the past. So its definitely a lot different now.

Having made the trip up and down I-95 between Boston and Pawtucket numerous times, he has a suggestion.

I think I told right-hander Michael Bowden last year or the beginning of this year theyre going to name that Lou Merloni Highway after me or him, Reddick said. Its better to be that guy than the guy that doesnt get the call at all. Got to look at it as a positive thing.

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White Sox suspend Chris Sale over uniform flap

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White Sox suspend Chris Sale over uniform flap

CHICAGO - The Chicago White Sox were set to wear throwback uniforms. Chris Sale had other ideas.

The White Sox suspended their ace five days without pay for destroying collared throwback uniforms the team was scheduled to wear.

The team announced the punishment on Sunday after Sale was scratched from his scheduled start and sent home the previous night.

The suspension comes to $250,000 of his $9.15 million salary. He was also fined about $12,700 - the cost of the destroyed jerseys - according to a person familiar with the penalty. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.

"Obviously we're all extremely disappointed that we have to deal with this issue at this time both from the standpoint of the club as well as Chris' perspective," general manager Rick Hahn said. "It's unfortunate that it has become this level of an issue and potential distraction taking away from what we're trying to accomplish on the field."

Sale was not expected at the ballpark on Sunday. He is eligible to return Thursday against the crosstown Cubs at Wrigley Field, though Hahn would not say if the left-hander would start that game.

The Major League Baseball Players Association declined comment, spokesman Greg Bouris said. Sale could ask the union to file a grievance.

FanRag Sports first reported Sale was protesting the 1976-style jerseys, which were navy and sported unusual collars on a hot and humid night.

Sale then cut up an unknown number of jerseys before the game and was told to leave the stadium. With not enough usable 1976 jerseys available, the White Sox wore white throwback uniforms from the 1983 season.

The incident comes with the White Sox in a tailspin after a 23-10 start and Sale's name circulating in trade rumors.

"The actions or behaviors of the last 24 hours does not change in any aspect, any respect, our belief that Chris Sale can help this club win a championship and win multiple championships," Hahn said. "It does not move the needle one iota in terms of his value to this club, his value to any other club that may be interested in his services or the likelihood of him being moved or kept whatsoever. None of that stuff is impacted at all by these events."

The incident does raise some questions in general about throwback uniforms, how players feel about them and whether they should be forced to wear jerseys that aren't comfortable - particularly starting pitchers.

"If I'm playing with Chris Sale I want him to pitch," Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez said. "If he wants to play with no shirt, we play with no shirt. I just want him to pitch."

New York Yankees pitcher Chasen Shreve said: "Pitchers like their stuff. Me, it doesn't bother me, but for him, obviously it does. It's crazy. I don't think I'm that bad."

White Sox pitcher James Shields wouldn't comment on whether players should be made to wear throwback jerseys. But he did say: "I don't really mind the throwbacks. I haven't had any issues with that."

Manager Robin Ventura said players occasionally wearing uniforms they don't like comes with the job.

"But you wear it," he said. "If you want to rip it after, you can rip it up after. I've seen guys rip it up after."

Hahn said throwback uniforms the White Sox wore last season were a bit baggy so the team took measurements in spring training so they would fit the players better. He also mentioned the money the uniforms generate.

"Part of the element of being in position to win a championship is the revenue side of the operation and respect for their reasonable requests to increase revenue," Hahn said.

This wasn't the first flare-up involving the 27-year-old Sale, who is known for his competitive streak and strict training regimen.

He was openly critical of team executive Ken Williams during spring training when he said Drake LaRoche, the son of teammate Adam LaRoche, would no longer be allowed in the clubhouse. Adam LaRoche retired as a result, and Sale hung the LaRoches' jerseys in his locker.

He was also suspended five games by Major League Baseball last season for his role in a brawl at Kansas City that started with a flare-up between teammate Adam Eaton and the Royals' Yordano Ventura. Sale went to the Royals clubhouse after he got tossed and was seen pounding on the door.

Hahn said the punishment was unrelated to previous incidents. He also said the two had a "very candid" meeting in his office with Sale after the pitcher had some exchanges with staff members in the clubhouse and that both "expressed remorse." They spoke again on Sunday.

"At that point last night Chris stood by his actions," Hahn said. "Part of what makes Chris great, part of what makes him elite, is his passion and commitment. We've seen that sometimes spill out from between the white lines. Yesterday was one of those instances and it unfortunately led to events that required discipline."