White Sox closer Addison Reed says he’s prepared for triple duty
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org May 7, 2013 11:12PM
Updated: June 9, 2013 6:39AM
NEW YORK — White Sox manager Robin Ventura was hoping closer Addison Reed would be needed for a third consecutive game Tuesday.
“The way we’ve been playing, he hasn’t had that many in a row,’’ Ventura said Tuesday. “We hope he has that ability. We want him to have that ability. I think he does. I hope we get to try it out.’’
Reed, who pitched three straight days twice during his rookie season in 2012, said he’s more equipped to handle that this year. He racked up saves on consecutive days April 24-26 and could have gone a fourth, he said.
“Factoring into that is I’ve been doing a lot more cardio,’’ Reed said. “Last year was my first full season, and I didn’t know what I needed to do to get my arm ready and keep it fresh. This year, I’m doing more cardio. If I pitch two days in a row, I up cardio after the game or before the next game. Three days, I up it even more. That has helped me tremendously.’’
Reed, who has converted 11 of 12 opportunities, didn’t come on in relief against the Mets.
He said there’s no rhyme or reason to next-day soreness.
“There are some games when I throw one inning, and my arm will be sore the next day,’’ he said. “Sometimes I pitch back-to-back, and it’s fine. It’s a weird thing.’’
Danks walks 5
John Danks walked five batters and allowed four hits in a five-inning rehab outing for Class AAA Charlotte on Tuesday, not exactly the sharp performance he was looking for. Danks worked his way through a 92-pitch outing and struck out four, escaping with two runs allowed in Columbus, Ohio. He threw 52 pitches for strikes.
Danks could return after one or two more starts. He threw seven innings in his first rehab outing, for Class AA Birmingham on Thursday, allowing two runs.
Still pushing to beat the normal six-week recovery process for a broken hamate bone, Gordon Beckham is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment late next week. Beckham, who had surgery three weeks ago, is taking ground balls, hitting off a tee and taking flips.