GLENDALE, Ariz. – Here are four takeaways from Wednesday’s White Sox Spring Training action.
Clearing the air
Kendall Graveman made a point of talking to manager Tony La Russa and first baseman José Abreu when he arrived at Spring Training this week, and there was a specific hit-by-pitch topic in mind. Graveman hit Abreu with a 3-2 pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning during Houston’s 10-1, Game 4 elimination of Chicago in the American League Division Series, drawing the ire of the White Sox manager.
A fired-up La Russa said postgame that the hit by pitch was intentional, protecting his team leader whom he greatly admires and who also was hit 22 times during the regular season. Carlos Rodón had hit Jose Altuve on a 1-0 count with one out in the third inning of that same game.
But Graveman cleared the air in Arizona.
“Yeah, well, I apologized to Abreu when I got here. I didn’t mean to hit him,” Graveman told the media during a post-workout interview Wednesday at…