Credit to the Herald's online managing editor Eric Degerman, for passing this along:
"The White Sox have signed Josh Kinney and Shane Lindsay to minor leaguedeals, according to Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com. Both are expected toreceive non-roster invitations to Spring Training.
Kinney will be 32 on Opening Day and has seen Major League time with theCardinals over parts of three seasons, most recently in 2009. He owns acareer 4.56 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 7.2 K/9, and 3.8 BB/9 over 47 2/3 innings. Hisminor league numbers are more impressive: a 2.78 ERA over 514 1/3 inningswith a strong 8.6 K/9. His 2010 was particularly impressive, as he posted a1.80 ERA and 0.93 WHIP through 60 innings of work, striking out 7.6 per ninealong the way.
Lindsay, 25, has never reached the Majors, likely due to his big-timecontrol issues (career 6.6 BB/9). The Australia native makes up for that tosome extent with his career 12.4 K/9. Lindsay began 2010 with the Rockiesbut was claimed off waivers by the Yankees and then the Indians early in theseason. He struggled to the tune of a 5.80 ERA last year, but BaseballAmerica has praised his mid-90s fastball and knuckle curve. He'll turn 26 ina couple of weeks, so he still has time to put it together."
A couple of my own thoughts:
It's a tribute to Shane's intestinal fortitude that he's been able to stay in the game after the injury history he's had. He played three years in Tri-City from 2005-07, and two of those seasons were spent recovering from injuries — Lindsay had to battle back from a dreaded torn labrum in his right shoulder in 2007.
It sounds like he has regained much of the velocity on his fastball, and Dust Devils fans got to see what kind of pitcher Shane was when he could command it well — he was named the Northwest League's top prospect in 2005 after setting a Rockies' short-season record with 107 strikeouts.
One brief Shane Lindsay story I can remember is after he missed the entire 2007 regular season, he actually did pitch in the Northwest League championship series against Salem-Keizer.
Here's an excerpt from my game story from the Dust Devils' 10-0 loss in Game 2 in Tri-City.
"Lindsay entered the game in the sixth inning, getting a nice round of applause from the 1,247 fans in attendance. Like many Dust Devils, he wasn’t happy with his performance, allowing a run on one hit while striking out one in one inning.
“It was a very nerve-wracking experience,” said Lindsay, who was Baseball America’s 2005 NWL prospect of the year. 'It was pretty much a circus, as you saw.' "
Even though he didn't have an effect on the game, really, I recall that Volcanoes manager Steve Decker wasn't too happy that Lindsay got to pitch. He claimed at the time that Lindsay had not been declared as eligible for the postseason. But I think Decker was also remembered how dominant Lindsay was in 2005.
Anyway, those Aussies are a pretty tough people, and Lindsay is no exception. I sure hope he finally can break through and finally get a taste of the Major Leagues.