Robin Ventura says he mounds his own business
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN email@example.com July 16, 2012 10:28PM
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Updated: August 18, 2012 6:31AM
BOSTON — Maybe when Robin Ventura puts some years on his résumé, he’ll text general manager Ken Williams, ‘‘Get me a starter.’’
Not halfway into his first season as manager.
“No. That’s his job,’’ Ventura said Monday. “We talk about different stuff, but for me, it’s whoever is here. We’re going to try to win with what we got here. I don’t like looking outside to think something else is better.’’
Ventura doesn’t have to prod Williams, who’s exploring the trade possibilities — Zack Greinke, Ryan Dempster, et al. — as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches. While his purse strings might be shortened because of home-attendance issues, Williams badly wants to win a second World Series as a GM, and, more important, the chairman who holds the purse — Jerry Reinsdorf — does, too. Reinsdorf certainly can scrounge up more than a few needed dollars somewhere.
With John Danks (shoulder) on the disabled list and Gavin Floyd (elbow) possibly headed there, the need to add never has been greater with the White Sox protecting first place in mid-July. Floyd, at the very least, will miss the four-game series at Fenway, leaving the Sox to call up yet another rookie to start Wednesday, probably Pedro Hernandez or Charlie Leesman, both lefties.
“We’ll readjust and figure out somebody for Wednesday,” Ventura. “We’re having talks with [assistant GM] Rick Hahn and Kenny about the best scenario of who that’s going to be.
‘‘You have to make a move [with Humber coming off the DL on Tuesday] whether Gavin goes on the DL or not. It’s more of how he’s feeling.’’
“It has been like a gradual thing,” Floyd said. “It has gotten better between starts for a little bit, and it’s been manageable.’’
Jose Quintana will pitch Thursday. Jake Peavy and Chris Sale are scheduled Friday and Saturday in Detroit. They will go on five days of rest, but Ventura thinks the extra-rest plan will be scrapped short-term.
“This is a unique situation,’’ Ventura said. “You’d like the way it was set up to give guys an extra day here or there with Chris and even Q, but we’re at that point right now where we’re going to have to do that after this stretch.’’
Sale and stamina
Sale reached the 110-inning mark Sunday, which is 40 beyond 2011 as a reliever. The 23-year-old All-Star insists he’s holding up and isn’t concerned about how he’ll hold up in September.
“I guess we’ll find out,’’ Sale said. “There’s a lot of baseball between now and then. I don’t think about it, honestly. Can I reach this or do that? Just go through these next days and prepare myself for Detroit.’’
Sale said the Sox’ training and conditioning staffs “have done wonders with the programs they have set up for me’’ and downplayed the benefit of an extra day of rest between starts.
This and that
Danks reported progress playing catch at 90 feet in the Fenway outfield for the first time in a long while.
“It’s definitely a relief to be out there and throw and actually feel the improvement, for sure,’’ he said. “I’m giddy.’’
◆ Brent Lillibridge was designated for assignment by the Red Sox, who traded Kevin Youkilis and cash in return for him and Zach Stewart.