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Esteban Loaiza | Relief Pitcher

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (42) / 12/31/1971
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 228
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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White Sox activated RHP Esteban Loaiza from the 15-day disabled list and placed him on unconditional release waivers.
Loaiza turned in three straight scoreless two-inning appearances at Double-A recently while rehabbing a knee injury, but the White Sox apparently decided that he wasn't in their plans despite Jose Contreras being on the DL. Fri, Jul 25, 2008 04:22:00 PM

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Esteban Loaiza will spend the next few days throwing in front of White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper before a roster decision is made.

"Then we make the decision if we keep him here, send him to the Minors or let him go," said manager Ozzie Guillen. "It's very important for him and us. I don't like to play with players. You are going to help us or you are not. We are going to keep a close look on him and make a decision next week."
Sun, Jul 6, 2008 03:51:00 PM

Esteban Loaiza has completed his rehab assignment but remains on the disabled list with shoulder stiffness.

Loaiza is headed back to Chicago for a medical exam. He didn't pitch well in any of his rehab starts, and the White Sox are in no rush to get him back.
Sat, Jul 5, 2008 10:08:00 AM

Esteban Loaiza is still struggling with his velocity at Triple-A Charlotte.

"The velocity was not there last outing," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "And if the velocity doesn't come up, it's going to be tough for him to come up, to be honest with you." Loaiza has allowed five runs in his first nine innings at Charlotte.
Wed, Jun 25, 2008 09:06:00 AM

Esteban Loaiza (shoulder) allowed two runs in three innings Monday in his first rehab start for Triple-A Charlotte.

Loaiza is more bad than injured, but he'll get a chance to work his way back to the majors with the White Sox. He's not even eligible to come off the DL until June 27, so he'll make at least two more starts for Charlotte.
Tue, Jun 17, 2008 03:16:00 AM

White Sox placed RHP Esteban Loaiza on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 12, with a right shoulder inflammation.

Instead of being released, Loaiza heads back to the DL with a supposed injury. The White Sox probably won't consider bringing him back until after he makes a few rehab starts.
Fri, Jun 13, 2008 04:58:00 PM

The official White Sox webpage reports that the team is expected to release Esteban Loaiza prior to Friday's game.

The team had been unhappy with his conditioning, and wasn't pleased that he could only reach the low 80s on the radar gun. As a ten-day experiment, having Loaiza pitch in mop-up situations didn't hurt, but the Sox clearly feel he no longer has his best stuff. Adam Russell will likely be called up to take his place.
Fri, Jun 13, 2008 11:05:00 AM

The White Sox were disappointed to realize that Esteban Loaiza hadn't been working out or throwing before they signed him on on June 4.

In all fairness, it probably doesn't take a ton of work to maintain his low-80s fastball. He's issued just one run in three innings of work for the White Sox, but the team is clearly not satisfied with his stuff. "We would like to see more, see more fastball. We know he has pitchability. He's going to have some time to show us, but we have our work cut out for us," pitching coach Don Cooper said.
Fri, Jun 13, 2008 09:18:00 AM

The White Sox expect to use Esteban Loaiza as a long man and an emergency starter.

The team wanted the flexibility to use Nick Masset more often in close games, and that's what Loaiza will provide. The Sox hope that pitching coach Don Cooper will be able to help Loaiza like he did in 2003, when Loaiza went 21-9 with a 2.90 ERA. With Gavin Floyd and Jose Contreras sporting ERAs around 3.00, he deserves the benefit of the doubt.
Thu, Jun 5, 2008 09:22:00 AM

White Sox signed RHP Esteban Loaiza to a one-year contract.

Unless GM Ken Williams knows something about one of his starters that we don't, the White Sox would hardly seem to need a long man. That'll Loaiza will be unless someone gets hurt, and if the White Sox were to lose a starter, they'd probably be better off going to Lance Broadway. Loaiza was incredible for the White Sox in 2003, but he doesn't have the same stuff that he did then.
Wed, Jun 4, 2008 06:39:00 PM

Dodgers activated RHP Esteban Loaiza from the 15-day disabled list and designated him for assignment.

The Dodgers ended up paying $8.5 million so that Loaiza could give up 36 runs in 46 2/3 innings over the final month or last year and the first six weeks of this one. He never even had a real chance this year, as the Dodgers stripped him of his rotation spot after just one start.
Sat, May 24, 2008 01:39:00 PM

Esteban Loaiza (shoulder) allowed one run in three innings Monday in a rehab start for Single-A Inland Empire.

Loaiza is eligible to come off the disabled list, but the Dodgers aren't sure whether they want to plug him back in as their fifth starter. He might be asked to make one more rehab start.
Tue, May 20, 2008 03:18:00 AM

Esteban Loaiza (shoulder) played long-toss from 120 feet Saturday.

Loaiza said the discomfort in his right shoulder blade is nearly gone. He's eligible to return from the disabled list on May 19, and the Dodgers have ruled out a rehab assignment.
Sun, May 11, 2008 09:59:00 AM

Dodgers placed RHP Esteban Loaiza on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 4, with right shoulder blade tightness.

There's talk of Clayton Kershaw getting a chance to replace Loaiza as the Dodgers' fifth starter when one is needed on May 17, but Chan Ho Park is at least as likely to be the choice. Hong-Chih Kuo is expected to remain in the pen.
Sat, May 10, 2008 12:22:00 AM

Esteban Loaiza is DL bound with tightness and spasms in his shoulder blade.

While the Dodgers haven't ruled out going to Clayton Kershaw, they were already considering Chan Ho Park when they needed a fifth starter next weekend. Now he looks like a safe bet to be the choice.
Thu, May 8, 2008 10:13:00 AM

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