White Sox manager Robin Ventura will play regulars against contenders
BY TONI GINNETTI Staff Reporter August 10, 2013 12:32AM
TWINS AT WHITE SOX
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The starters: Mike Pelfrey (4-9, 5.23 ERA) vs. Andre Rienzo (0-0, 1.38).
Updated: September 11, 2013 6:13AM
The White Sox are out of contention, but even if they call up young players when rosters expand, manager Robin Ventura believes in playing his regulars in games that could have playoff implications.
‘‘I follow that,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘I want to be able to play the regular lineup just for the integrity of it. You want to play who you want to play and try to win the game.’’
The Sox have games in September against the Red Sox, Yankees and Orioles, who are competing for the American League East title or a wild-card berth. They play the AL Central-leading Tigers and the contending Indians and Royals, as well.
‘‘Last year, we were in a different spot [contending for the AL Central title] of calling guys up to use in certain spots,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘If you call them up, you want to play them. So it depends on what we look like in September before you start calling everybody up.’’
Josh Phegley has caught most of the games since being called up July 5 and heads into next season as the projected starter.
But Tyler Flowers, who was in Phegley’s position last year as A.J. Pierzynski’s expected successor, remains in the picture.
‘‘One of them probably will be the guy who’s going to [start],’’ Ventura said. ‘‘But we’ve got a month and a half to kind of see that and see how it goes, so you don’t pencil it in. But I like what they’ve been doing.’’
Dayan Viciedo was scratched from Game 1 with soreness in the left thumb he hurt in the Yankees series. He started Game 2 as the designated hitter. ‘‘Hitting-wise, it doesn’t hurt,’’ Viciedo said. ‘‘It’s when I go to catch a ball.’’
The Sox called up Avisail Garcia for the departed Alex Rios and recalled outfielder Blake Tekotte to replace Casper Wells, who was claimed by the Phillies. They also called up pitcher Charlie Leesman to start Game 2. Leesman was brought up as the 26th man, which is permitted for a doubleheader.