Houston Astros Manager Phil Garner has not yet announced his final World Series roster or his lineup for Saturday's Game 1 against the Chicago White Sox. It's uncertain whether Jeff Bagwell will be the team's designated hitter for the games here, but he will be on the roster.
"I am excited to no end that Bagwell is with us now," Garner said. "We'll be able to utilize Baggy and I'm happy for him."
It's also uncertain whether center fielder Willy Taveras, recently named the Sporting News rookie of the year, will start. Taveras started Games 1, 2 and 6 of the National League Championship Series, but was on the bench for Games 3, 4 and 5.
"It was a little different," Taveras said. "Usually I play every day but then I wasn't in the lineup. It didn't affect me because I couldn't do anything about it. I could only watch and be ready to play."
Big Week for Konerko
White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko said he missed Thursday's workout because his wife had the couple's first baby.
"I think it's a good thing that we had it this week because there was a chance that if we waited it out, something could have happened next week," Konerko said. "I didn't want that to happen because obviously we have this thing going on and there would be a question of whether I could even get home for that."
Lidge Is Recovering
Houston closer Brad Lidge has had four days off since allowing Albert Pujols's game-winning home run in Game 5 of the NLCS on Monday. Lidge had previously pitched in four of the first five games of that series.
"I'm definitely enjoying the days off," Lidge said. "For me, it's nice to have some recovery time."
Lidge said he would liked to have pitched in Game 6 on Wednesday, but was happy his team won.
"It didn't matter as much to me," Lidge said. "I would have enjoyed pitching in that game but I had pitched in four of the past five games."
Yankees Eye Cooper
After guiding the White Sox pitching staff to a 3.61 ERA in the regular season -- tied for first in the American League -- Don Cooper has emerged as one of the leading candidates to replace Mel Stottlemyre as the New York Yankees' pitching coach.
With the White Sox about to start the World Series, the Yankees have not yet asked permission to speak to Cooper. But that will likely change shortly after Chicago's season ends. Cooper's late father was a Yankees fan.
"He'd be excited about it," Cooper said. "But his focus would be where mine is, on trying to win a world championship."
It appears likely the Yankees could offer Cooper a significant increase in salary. New York made a pitch for former Atlanta Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone, who signed with the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night.
'El Duque' on Roster
White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen said he will not make any changes to his postseason roster, meaning Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez will remain on the team in place of rookie Brandon McCarthy.
"I've got to go with the same people it was in the" first and second rounds of the playoffs, Guillen said. "Hopefully the people we pick help us to get to the next level to win this thing."
Staff writer Dave Sheinin contributed to this report.