Chris Sale gets break, won’t pitch this weekend
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter July 16, 2014 10:20PM
Updated: July 16, 2014 11:02PM
Chris Sale will get the weekend off. The White Sox announced pitching probables for their home series against the Astros this weekend, and, as manager Robin Ventura indicated before the All-Star break, left-hander Jose Quintana will pitch Friday. Right-hander Hector Noesi goes Saturday followed by lefty John Danks on Sunday.
The four-day All-Star break, which concludes Thursday, gives the Sox an opportunity to reshuffle their rotation and space out their three lefties. It also gives Sale an 11-day rest after his last start Wednesday in Boston. Last season, Sale pitched on July 11 and 22 around the All-Star break.
Scott Feldman, Dallas Keuchel and Jarred Cosart will pitch, in order, for Houston.
Ozzie: Sox should keep Alexei
If the Sox are considering trading All-Star shortstop Alexei Ramirez, they had better proceed with care, former manager Ozzie Guillen said.
“He’s been one of the most consistent players the Sox have had,’’ said Guillen, who worked the All-Star Game as a broadcaster for ESPN Deportes. “When he got hurt [and missed his first game before the break], you could see how important he is for the ballclub.’’
Guillen always has been a big supporter of Ramirez, whose detractors look past his big talent and point to “the little things” Ramirez doesn’t do.
“There’s a few other people on the Sox who don’t do little things, and nobody says anything about it,’’ Guillen said.
“If they get something very good for him, they will, but I hope they don’t trade him. I know he wants to stay in Chicago.’’
The Sox claimed right-handed pitcher Raul Fernandez off waivers from the Rockies and assigned him to Class A Winston-Salem.
Fernandez, 24, was 0-1 with a 7.00 ERA in 29 relief appearances with Class A Modesto. He had seven saves in eight opportunities.
The last word
Asked at the All-Star Game what the Sox need to do in the second half to get better, Jose Abreu said, “a little more focus. We need to focus on every game and every opportunity we have to win a game. That’s all we need.’’