Ozzie sticking with six-man rotation
By daryl van schouwen firstname.lastname@example.org May 13, 2011 11:00PM
Chicago White Sox Phil Humber works against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, May 13, 2011, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Updated: June 15, 2011 12:26AM
OAKLAND, Calif. — Manager Ozzie Guillen said he sees no reason not to stay with a six-man rotation if it works past the 20-day experimentation period that began with Phil Humber’s start against the Athletics on Friday night.
“If we like what we see, of course we’ll keep it at six,’’ Guillen said when asked if he can envision it in place deep into the summer. “Yes. Because I don’t see no reason to change it.’’
Humber’s strong start to the season and Jake Peavy’s return from the disabled list forced the Sox into the six-man-plan, which hasn’t been used before.
“I hope all those guys throw the ball good, so we keep it there,’’ Guillen said. “The only reason we change it is if somebody struggles or we need more help in bullpen or that thing don’t work. But we have a pretty tough stretch of 20 days. The way the starters throw right now, it’s a perfect time to do it. We’ll see after that how that works. We have a Plan A and Plan B if everything don’t work. We’ll figure out what to do.’’
Peavy came out of his start Wednesday in Anaheim, Calif.,
feeling fine. He said there’s no doubt he could pitch in a five-man
rotation. He was not satisfied throwing only 87 pitches, but
Guillen played it safe and pulled him because it was his first start.
Humber had allowed three hits or fewer while working seven innings or more in three straight starts. The only Sox pitcher to do that was Billy Pierce in 1957. On Friday night, Humber got the win, giving up three runs and six hits in six innings.
Third baseman Mark Teahen, who has a strained right oblique muscle, won’t participate in any baseball activity today and could be facing a stint on the 15-day disabled list.
“If he’s not ready in the next two days, then we have to do something,’’ Guillen said. “I’d rather wait to see if he’ll get better than make a move and wait another 15 days to get him back. The decision is no baseball activities for a couple days.’’
Omar Vizquel started at third and batted eighth, going 2-for-3.
Catcher A.J. Pierzynski, on first baseman Paul Konerko’s behind-the-back flip to left-hander Matt Thornton for the last out of a 6-4 win Wednesday in Anaheim: “Konerko had the best five minutes of his life. Stole a base, jumped six inches off the ground to catch a ball and made that last play. It was a great inning.’’
The slow-footed Konerko caught Maicer Izturis’ drive that would have been a double in the corner.
The flip to Thornton was No. 1 on an ESPN top plays list, but the catch “might have been more of a web gem for me, the fact that I got a good solid six inches off the ground,’’ Konerko said. “It might have been eight, I got up pretty good on it. When [Pierzynski] gets on me about defense like that, I remind him nicely that I was drafted as a catcher before him back in 1994. I always have that in my pocket.’’
Today’s scheduled starter, Gavin Floyd, said his bruised right foot is “almost 100 percent.”
◆ Jeff Gray was claimed on waivers by the Seattle Mariners. Gray, who had a 2.70 ERA pitching in relief, was designated for assignment to make room for Jake Peavy.