The White Sox had to shake up their bullpen because the set-up crew was getting ripped this season. So the Sox sent Mike MacDougal and David Aardsma to AAA and recalled Ryan Bukvich and Bret Prinz from the minors to replace them. MacDougal was very wild and that hurt him this season. In 27 games this year, MacDougal was 1-3 with a 7.13 ERA and a 2.21 WHIP. MacDougal walked an amazing 17 batters in 17.2 innings and it was driving Ozzie Guillen crazy so at least with him in AAA Ozzie should get some sleep at night. David Aardsma’s problem was that he was trying to strike everyone out and that doesn’t work to often in the major leagues. Instead of pitching he just kept trying to throw the ball harder and the one thing that almost all major league hitters can handle is a fastball. In 22 games for the Pale Hose, Aardsma was 2-1 with a 6.18 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP. He did whiff 32 batters for the White Sox in 27.2 innings so he has good stuff he just needs to go down to AAA and relearn how to pitch.
Ryan Bukvich and Bret Prinz both have major league experience and could fit in nicely in the White Sox bullpen. 29 year old righty Ryan Bukvich was the closer at AAA for the Sox. In 23 games there, he was 1-3 with 9 saves, a 2.89 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. He also exhibited good control in the minors as he whiffed 32 batters while only walking 9 in 28 innings. Bret Prinz is also a 29-year old righty. He pitched in 15 AAA games for the Sox and he was 0-1 with 1 save, a 0.56 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. Look for Guillen to throw both of these guys right into the fire soon to see if they can handle the heat.