It might seem like the White Sox are running out of options to find a closer who can slam the door in the ninth inning, but there is another option that will be explored, and it could be a doozey.
Right-handed reliever Sergio Santos was perfect in spring training, not allowing an earned run, and has also kept his ERA at zero through five appearances in the regular season.
With Matt Thornton blowing all four save opportunities he's been given, as well as Chris Sale and Jesse Crain not exactly lights out enough to put a band-aid on the situation, Santos might get the next look when the White Sox reconvene Friday.
"The roles will take care of themselves at the end of the day," Santos told the Sun-Times. "I feel good and feel like I can come in and throw strikes like I've been doing.
"Whether I'm called on in the ninth, eighth or seventh, to me, it doesn't matter."
The concern with Santos is the former shortstop turned pitcher has been practicing his new craft for only two years. While his climb is remarkable, if the White Sox do start putting him out there for the ninth, it will be done cautiously.
Santos has wanted to close since last season, when he made the team out of spring training and proceeded to go 2-2 with a 2.58 ERA, recording one save.
"Santos has a lot of potential to be a heck of a closer," manager Ozzie Guillen said.
The White Sox have led in all 12 games this season but have settled for seven victories. They've blown six save opportunities, four by Thornton.
"Thornton has earned that right to become a closer, and he's done it the last four years, so we'll have to wait and see," Santos said. "I will continue to do what I've been doing.
"If I'm closing the seventh, I'm closing the seventh, and if I'm closing the ninth, I'm closing the ninth. The roles will work themselves out as we get going, but it's still early."
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