CHICAGO -- It might have ended in a victory, but the White Sox’s 14-inning victory Tuesday over the Cleveland Indians took its toll.
Manager Ozzie Guillen said he was trying to stay away from relievers Jesse Crain and Chris Sale, leaving the bullpen two key relievers short for a game that could move the White Sox into second place with a victory.
The marathon also cost Paul Konerko a chance to return to playing first base for the first time in over two weeks. Konerko has been reduced to designated-hitter duty after getting hit by a pitch on the left leg July 31.
“I think taking grounders [Tuesday], it still felt like it was probably a day away, but after [Tuesday] night’s game, that was a tough day for everybody, as far as wear and tear,” Konerko said. “I’ll probably go out there again and take some grounders and see how it feels today. It felt pretty good for the most part. I can do what I can do, it just gets a little weak.”
White Sox starter Mark Buehrle was on the spot Wednesday to go deep into the game against the Indians to preserve the bullpen.
After catching all 14 innings, Tyler Flowers was given the day off in favor of recently activated backup Donny Lucy. Flowers said it was the longest game he has been behind the plate since he played at the Single-A level. Flowers and Lucy are on the roster in place of A.J. Pierzynski and Ramon Castro, who are on the disabled list.
The only available pitcher the White Sox didn’t use Tuesday was rookie Zach Stewart. Guillen said the right-hander will remain in the bullpen through Monday’s off day. At that time, the starting rotation will be re-evaluated.