ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Ozzie Guillen confirmed his six-man rotation isn’t permanent, although the Chicago White Sox manager really doesn’t know what will happen once the transition phase ends.
With Jake Peavy returning to the rotation on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels, the White Sox will go with six starters through June 1, which would be their next day off after Thursday’s free day. Starting Friday, the White Sox are scheduled to play 20 games in 20 days.
“Hopefully after that we pitch on normal days and hopefully that will help the ballclub and help them,” Guillen said. “A lot of pitchers say they don’t feel comfortable after five days, they don’t want extra days. Well, maybe that can be true, but sometimes that’s an excuse.”
The transition back to Peavy was supposed to be easy. He would replace fill-in starter Phil Humber and the White Sox’s talented rotation would be off and running. Except Humber wound up being the best White Sox starter of the bunch. He has a 2.97 ERA this season and hasn’t given up more than three hits in any of his last three starts.
“The only [logical] move is Humber and … come on, Humber has thrown the ball well,” Guillen said.
Once the June 2 day off hits, White Sox pitchers will be forced to wait seven days between starts. But if it’s working, he sees where it might continue.
“Sometimes they won’t admit it, but if you take one day off, one day more, you recover more,” Guillen said. “Maybe you’re going to see more guys in the sixth or seventh who have 90 some pitches and they say give me another one. We’re going to try to do that. We’re going to manage a different way with the bullpen and the starting rotation now for a few weeks.”