Ventura on ’14: I’d like to be here
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org July 14, 2013 12:16AM
Updated: August 15, 2013 7:03AM
PHILADELPHIA — Robin Ventura made it clear that he wants to manage the White Sox again next season, regardless of whether the team is a contender or going through a rebuilding phase.
“I would like to be here,’’ Ventura said rather emphatically Saturday. “I would like to be here either way.’’
The question of his commitment to next season has come up because Ventura passed on signing a contract extension during spring training and because of the manner in which he was hired in the first place. With no experience, Ventura was a surprise pick before the 2012 season, in the eyes of many taking the job because of his affection for the franchise and chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.
Ventura was asked what kind of Sox team he envisions for 2014, when he will be in the third and final year of his contract.
“I don’t know for sure what we are going to have going into next year,’’ Ventura said. “We haven’t gotten into trying to plan 2014. We’ll get through this, and I don’t know if I even have an answer. I hope we are [contenders].’’
Danks on right track
John Danks pitched into the seventh inning for the fourth consecutive time without allowing more than three runs. Not lights-out results but more than good enough for the lefty who has made 10 starts since having surgery last August, and a good springboard going into the All-Star break.
“I really haven’t proven anything quite yet,’’ said Danks, who allowed three runs in 61/3 innings Saturday in Game 1 against the Phillies. “I feel like I’m on the right track to get where I want to be.’’
Danks said his left shoulder feels healthy, and Ventura said he doesn’t need to be handled with kid gloves. Danks threw 111 pitches.
“If you would have told me going into my first start that I’d throw as well as I have, I would have taken it, most certainly,’’ said Danks, who owns a 4.31 ERA with eight walks in 622/3 innings.
This and that
Ventura on Matt Thornton, who was traded to the Red Sox late Friday night for minor-league outfielder Brandon Jacobs: ‘‘Just the [record] appearances [for a Sox reliever] and things he has done as a pitcher, he did man’s work here. He’s a pro. They got a good guy.’’
◆ Phillies center fielder Ben Revere broke his right foot fouling off a pitch from Addison Reed in the 11th inning of Game 1.