Clippard uses video session to get on track

White Sox reliever shows marked improvement since trade

Clippard uses video session to get on track

CHICAGO -- White Sox reliever Tyler Clippard hasn't considered himself a big video guy during the course of his 11-year Major League career.

But with the right-hander struggling when he came over to the White Sox as part of the trade sending Todd Frazier, Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson to the Yankees, video became a good tool to get Clippard back to those more successful days.

That plan seems to have worked, with Clippard posting a 1.80 ERA over 11 games with the White Sox and striking out 12 over 10 innings. He picked up his second White Sox save -- third overall this season -- in Friday night's 6-3 win over the Royals.

"Basically when I got here, me and [White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper] sat down, and I was just kind of relaying to him what I thought was going on," Clippard said. "And then what he saw just looking at video from me in the past.

"We kind of meshed those two things together and I've been working on it. It took a little bit to get comfortable. It was basically just getting back to what I was doing in the past. Kind of jelling that with what I thought was working for me towards the end of last season and early part of this year, and so it's kind of a combination of both of those things.

"It just got out of sorts mechanically a little bit," Clippard said. "I needed some video help to get me back visually to see, 'OK, yeah, that's what it was, that's where I need to be.' It took a little while to get back to that point, and I feel like I'm right there now."

Clippard, and the remainder of his $4.25 million owed this season completing a two-year, $12.25 million deal he signed with the D-backs prior to 2016, became the lone veteran to be added via trade by the White Sox during this rebuild period. Clippard pitched 40 games for the D-backs during the '16 campaign before being traded to the Yankees.

Those moves followed a 2015 campaign where Clippard was traded from the Nationals to the A's before the season started, and then he was moved from the A's to the Mets at the non-waiver Trade Deadline. Clippard's renewed mound success certainly helps the White Sox in the present, but in the rebuilding world, that improvement also could lead to yet another move to a contender before the end of August.

"Yeah, I'm ready for anything at this point," Clippard said with a laugh. "My existence as a baseball player over the last three years has been so chaotic, that whatever happens, happens.

"I'm really happy to be here and have this opportunity with these guys, and I've enjoyed the heck out of Coop and [White Sox manager] Rick [Renteria], and the guys in the locker room, and I've been having fun. That's what you want. You want to come to the ballpark and have fun. We've been doing that. It has been a good experience. I would be more than happy to spend the rest of the season here. We'll see what happens."

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.