Still a Small Chance for Hermanson's Return
Gregor, Scot, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Scot Gregor Daily Herald Sports Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas - He's gone, and all but forgotten.
But there is still a very slim chance relief pitcher Dustin Hermanson will pull his battered body together and help the White Sox this season.
"We've told him he needs to get on his horse and get going and try to be here sometime early in July," said Sox trainer Herm Schneider.
That's less than a month away, and recent history says Hermanson is not going to make the deadline.
Not only has the 33-year-old reliever been hampered by a sore lower back for the better part of a year. A strained ribcage muscle has derailed Hermanson's latest comeback attempt.
"Hermanson makes strides, and then something pops up," Schneider said. "He was doing very well, and then he got a sore rib muscle and wasn't able to do what he was supposed to do."
The White Sox hope a change of scenery helps the injury-plagued pitcher. Extended spring training ended in Tucson, Ariz., on Tuesday, so Hermanson will travel across the country to Kannapolis, N.C., where the Sox have a rehabilitation facility.
"Hopefully, the five days off have let his ribs calm down a little bit and he'll go back to throwing again," Schneider said.
Hermanson was 2-4 with a 2.04 ERA and 34 saves last season, but his back troubles worsened as the season progressed. …