Alexei Ramirez was glad to see his close friend and mentor, Jose Contreras, sign a Minor League deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Contreras is recovering from Tommy John surgery on June 20, a second operation on the elbow in 10 months. But Ramirez mentioned that Contreras has been off the mound three times already and told the White Sox shortstop that he was throwing 91 or 92 mph.
"I can't be happier for him that the Pirates gave him the chance," said Ramirez through translator and White Sox director of public relations Lou Hernandez. "I talked to him and he's been feeling good."