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Sonnanstine gets a chance to start over

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Right-hander Andy Sonnanstine is eager for the opportunity to get back into the rotation.

He will get the first of several chances to start on Tuesday, against the Indians, in place of injured right-hander Jeff Niemann.

Sonnanstine hasn't started a game since the 2010 regular-season finale, but pitched 5 1/3 innings earlier this season in relief. He pitched three innings in his last outing.

While Sonnanstine acknowledged that endurance might be his biggest issue, manager Joe Maddon said he doesn't plan to push him much beyond 80 pitches.

"It's tough," Sonnanstine said. "It might be a 'day of' type feel, but I would feel 100 percent comfortable throwing 80 to 90 pitches. If we're in the 100s, that might be a little much. I think my last outing, I threw three innings and 24 pitches. If I carry that over and use that efficient way of pitching, I should be OK.

"I've got some great defenders out there. I'd be an idiot if I didn't use them."

Maddon knows effort won't be the issue.

"The thing about him that I love, he works every day at something," Maddon said. "He always stays ready. He keeps his bat ready in case I need him in the 13th inning of a weird game.

"So I know he's going to be prepared for the Indians. He's pitched in a World Series, so he's not intimidated by anything."

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