CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox shook up their struggling
bullpen Monday, optioning Mike MacDougal and David Aardsma to
Triple-A Charlotte while purchasing the contracts of pitchers Ryan
Bukvich and Bret Prinz from the minor league club.
Chicago also transferred utility player Pablo Ozuna from the
15-day to the 60-day disabled list. He has a fracture in his lower
right leg and a shoulder injury.
Aardsma, 2-1 with a 6.18 ERA in 22 appearances, was sent down
following Sunday's 4-3 loss at Toronto. The White Sox optioned
MacDougal, 1-3 with a 7.13 ERA, and called up Bukvich and Prinz
before Monday's game against the New York Yankees.
The White Sox are coming off a 1-6 trip, and they're getting no
help from their relievers. The bullpen was 2-6 with a 9.06 ERA and
five blown saves in its past 22 games following Sunday's loss.
Prinz is 5-4 with nine saves and a 4.77 ERA in 98 major-league
appearances with Arizona (2001-03), the Yankees (2003-04) and
Dodgers (2005). Bukvich is 2-0 with a 6.94 ERA in 48 appearances
with Kansas City (2002-04) and Texas (2005).