Felipe Paulino gets a warning from Robin Ventura that he has to step it up
BY BRIAN SANDALOW For Sun-Times Media April 12, 2014 9:56PM
Updated: May 14, 2014 6:55AM
Felipe Paulino’s spot in the rotation is safe for now. But he’ll need to show improvement soon.
Paulino had his second consecutive tough outing, allowing six runs and six hits and three walks along with three homers in five innings, but the offense got him a no-decision. It wasn’t able to do the same for Ronald Belisario (1-1), who took the loss in the White Sox’s 12-6 defeat Saturday to the Cleveland Indians after he was charged for two runs in the seventh.
“I [threw] too many pitches,” Paulino said. “I have to figure it out.”
Manager Robin Ventura wasn’t ready to pull Paulino from the rotation, but clearly wasn’t satisfied. In his previous start, Paulino gave up six runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings as he pitches in the majors for the first time since 2012 after Tommy John surgery.
“As of right now we’ll continue to go,” Ventura said. “We have guys in the bullpen … you can’t have guys coming in the fifth inning. It’s just not a recipe that’s going to make guys last, so it has to be better.”
That was certainly true, as the bullpen’s ERA rose to 7.53 after giving up six runs in four innings.
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One day after Chris Sale called him the most exciting player in baseball, Adam Eaton had another eventful day.
He hit his first home run for the Sox and reached base for a seventh consecutive plate appearance.
“You just feel lucky he’s on your team,” Ventura said.
He also had his first encounter with the Chicago wind when Jason Kipnis’ third-inning fly ball to center fell in front of him for a single.
“It’s something I’m new to,” Eaton said. “It makes it for an exciting fly ball for sure.”
Nate Jones isn’t sure when he’ll start throwing again, but he is glad to know what’s bothering him.
The hard-throwing reliever was placed on the disabled list April 4
with a muscle strain in his left hip after battling a gluteal issue in spring training. But on Thursday, general manager Rick Hahn said an MRI exam actually revealed a lower-back problem, and that Jones received an epidural.
With that settled, Jones can focus on returning, though he has no timetable.
“I just want to feel 100 percent before I come back,” he said.
Meanwhile, Gordon Beckham is fielding ground balls and taking batting practice at Class AA Birmingham, but Ventura doesn’t see him returning to game action right away. Beckham hasn’t played since last Thursday when he had a setback in his recovery from a strained left oblique.