It was only speculation and talk over the weekend, but now manager Ozzie Guillen was stating it as fact Tuesday, hours before the White Sox lost 6-2 to the Angels. The White Sox will go with a six-man rotation for the time being.
The rotation suddenly got crowded Monday, with the team announcing that Jake Peavy would come off the 15-day disabled list and make his 2011 debut Wednesday. With Phil Humber pitching much better than the Sox anticipated, as well as the fear of innings piling up on Mark Buehrle, Gavin Floyd and Peavy come the second half of the season, the decision was made to stay with six until the next off day after Thursday, which is June 1.
"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 big question will be what happens after June 1 if Humber continues to pitch well. The right-hander currently has a 2.97 ERA, and he 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.
The White Sox could move Humber to long relief after June 1, then spot-start him when the schedule gets hectic or it looks as if one of the starters needs a rest.
"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."
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