Robin Ventura didn’t agree, but he also didn’t have much of an issue with David Robertson calling Angels manager Mike Scioscia “bush league” after Wednesday night’s game.
“Nah, I mean guys are emotional man. They play,” Ventura said. “Do I think Scioscia is? No, but when a guy is on the mound and he’s emotional, he’s in the middle of it, stuff gets said.”
During the ninth inning of what turned into a 3-2, 13-inning win over Los Angeles, Robertson struck out Erick Aybar on a ball in the dirt. Tyler Flowers was ruled to have tagged Aybar on the way to first, which was challenged via replay. After the call stood, Scioscia came back out to get an explanation from umpire Fieldin Culbrethfollowing the review, which could be interpreted as against the rules. Scioscia also stood by home plate, keeping Robertson from throwing warm-up pitches to stay loose.
“I think that one is just getting clarification. He wasn’t arguing about a safe or out call, but you’re getting clarification,” Ventura said. “So there have been times when you’ve been able to go out there and talk to him about how it all went down and what was the reasoning for it. And you have a little leeway on that. It’s not like just a safe-out call.”
Still, it bothered Robertson, which Ventura understood.
“Yeah, a guy is out there on the mound, he can be upset,” Ventura said. “I think any guy, any closer is that way, or any pitcher that’s waiting around. I don’t see him any different than anybody else.”
Who are you?
The Sox enter Friday’s game after a three-game sweep of the Angels. That followed getting swept in Kansas City, continuing the on-again, off-again nature of the season.
And by now, Ventura doesn’t really know which version of his team will show up.
“When these guys get hot they go on a nice little roll. And when it doesn’t go that way it seems like it probably stays that way a little bit,” Ventura said. “We’ve been definitely a hot-and-cold team this year. So you hope there’s a little more consistency with the hot that it happens for a while.”
Adam Eaton said he wishes the Sox could be more consistent, “as I think many White Sox fans would agree with.”
“We don’t need to lose three and then win three. Let’s just play good, consistent baseball, and hopefully we can continue to bring that into this weekend,” Eaton said. “A good series against a good team like the Angels hopefully can propel us into a good weekend.”
The Sox said surgery on Micker Adolfo’s left ankle was successful. Adolfo, an 18-year-old prospect playing in Arizona, suffered a fractured fibula and ligament damage on a slide.
Rick Hahn said he should be without restriction by spring training.
“We are talking about a kid who would be a senior in high school right now. He certainly has youth on his side in terms of this recovery. We certainly have a great deal of development time ahead of us on our side so that in all probability this is not a long term major setback,” Hahn said. “Obviously it’s disappointing he wasn’t able to get through the whole season healthy.”
Hahn also said Micah Johnson is in Arizona rehabbing a left hamstring injury and should be back at Triple-A Charlotte in a week or 10 days.
Emilio Bonifacio (left oblique strain) was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list while Leury Garcia was optioned to Charlotte.