Robin Ventura plans to keep White Sox focused on the now
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org July 6, 2012 11:22PM
A.J. Pierzynski and closer Addison Reed bask in the glow of the Sox’ fourth victory in a row. | Scott Stewart~Sun-Times
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Updated: August 8, 2012 6:12AM
The White Sox open the second half next Friday in Kansas City, where three of their players will be next week for the All-Star Game. The three-game series begins a 10-game road trip that includes a stop in Boston, where newest Sox Kevin Youkilis will see his longtime haunts.
The Sox will be traveling for the majority of the second half, but manager Robin Ventura said his approach of taking games and series one at a time won’t change.
“The reality of it is you just look at what you’re doing,’’ he said. “I would say for us [the planning] is one week. You kind of plan out one week and go from there. We’re not planned out two months [ahead] in the reality of it. But those [long-range] conversations come up all the time as we’re in our room going over different things that we have to be prepared for.’’
Beating the heat
The excessive heat hasn’t been too much of a problem for the players, though things such as early batting practice are curtailed in extreme temperatures.
“You still have to go out and do your normal things, but [trainer] Herm [Schneider] takes care of them as far as hydrating them,’’ Ventura said.
Conditioning director Allen Thomas said the players are used to playing in heat.
“We tell them ‘hydrate.’ They listen,’’ he said.
In addition to Gatorade-type drinks, the Sox for years have used a beverage developed by NASA to deal with the dehydration problem astronauts experience in space.
“But the best thing is still water,’’ Thomas said.
Philip Humber (right elbow flexor strain) made his second rehab start Friday for Class AAA Charlotte. He worked four innings against Norfolk, allowing two earned runs and five hits, including one home run, while walking two and striking out one. He is tentatively scheduled to pitch again July 11 for Class AA Birmingham while Charlotte is on its midseason break.
Lefty John Danks, who is with the team while rehabbing a shoulder strain, continues treatment, including swimming.
“I’m just trying to keep the other muscles firing and working,’’ he said. “I want to be ready when everything is healed up.’’
There is no timetable for Danks to begin a throwing routine.
The Sox claimed first-round draft pick Daniel Moskos off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates and optioned the left-handed pitcher to Charlotte. Moskos, 26, was the Pirates’ first pick in the 2007 draft. He was 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA in 14 games this season at Class AAA Indianapolis but was 1-1 with a 2.96 ERA in 31 appearances with the big-league team last season.