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Ventura: Skin needs to be thicker as manager than player

Updated: July 12, 2014 6:42AM

Robin Ventura was a popular White Sox third baseman. There wasn’t much not to like about him, and not many holes in his game to pick at.

As a manager, he knows it’s a different deal. Decisions are made for all to see and second-guess, and he knows he has made a move or two he wouldn’t mind having back.

“You know, it’s part of the job,’’ he said when asked about the biggest lesson he has learned in two-plus seasons on the job. ‘‘The biggest one is that you have to have thick skin to do it because I don’t know if people know this, but there’s a lot of criticism that comes with being a manager. So you should have thick skin. That would be No. 1. [And] dealing with your guys. Being upfront and honest with them. After that, that’s what you can stand on.’’

A six-time Gold Glover and two-time All-Star, Ventura, who signed a multi-year extension in January, has been cast in a different light as a field boss in the same city he starred in for more than 10 years.

“It’s different just because it’s more on decision stuff, instead of usually just your play,’’ he said.

“Since you don’t get to play as a manager, you get judged on what everybody else does.

“[My skin] probably needs to be thicker as a manager than it does as a player.’’

Jones, Lindstrom mending

Right-handed relievers Nate Jones and Matt Lindstrom, recovering from back and ankle surgery, respectively, have been with the team at home. Both are holding out hope of returning by the end of the season, but both have long ways to go to get back to full health.

Jones played catch for the second consecutive day, under the watchful eye of trainer Herm Schneider.

He underwent a minor procedure a month ago.

“At the beginning, it was a little rough,’’ Jones said Tuesday. “I had what I would call bad days when I couldn’t even put on my socks.

“We’re still taking it day by day. Go out there and do the stretching and tossing, do a little activity and see how it reacts the next day and go from there.”

The best-case scenario for Lindstrom, who had the cast and stitches removed Monday after having surgery to repair a sheath in his left ankle, would be a return by September.

Rain fallout

The rainout Tuesday slightly altered the Sox’ pitching rotation. John Danks, who was scheduled to oppose the Tigers’ Justin Verlander, will pitch Wednesday. Chris Sale stays on his start Thursday against Max Scherzer. For the weekend home series against the Royals, Jose Quintana, Hector Noesi and Andre Rienzo will pitch Friday through Sunday. Rienzo, who has struggled of late, was scheduled to face the Tigers on Wednesday.

Prospect watch

Class A Winston-Salem shortstop Tim Anderson, the Sox’ 2013 first-round draft pick, was added to the Carolina League All-Star team. Anderson (.306 average) is third in the league with a .491 slugging percentage and is hitting .444 over his last 14 games.


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