According to White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, the six-man rotation experiment is about to end.
Guillen said Monday that after several meetings with the coaching staff, as well as general manager Ken Williams and assistant GM Rick Hahn, the Sox will likely go back to the five-man rotation after the current three-city road trip.
So someone is about to get their feelings hurt, and now at 0-7 with a 4.34 ERA after Monday night's 4-0 loss to Texas, John Danks is in danger of being the odd man out.
"It's not about one guy, it's about the ballclub," Guillen said. "We don't want to do it to anyone, but in the meanwhile some guys can't pitch with eight days' rest. Some guys can't pitch with seven days' rest. That's a lot. When you talk about six, you can get away with that because you might skip one day. But put it together, we will have two guys with eight days without pitching, and I don't think that's fair for anyone."
The Sox started the six-man rotation when Jake Peavy came off the 15-day disabled list back on May 11, and over the next 19 games, Sox starters had 15 quality starts, lowering the staff ERA from 4.44 to 3.81.
But the schedule was a grind over that span, with few off days. That's not the case after the current road trip, as the Sox will play a lot of home games and have a good share of off days.
Either way, this will be a big week for the likes of Edwin Jackson and Danks, who have both had shaky outings since the start of the year. The emergence of Phil Humber in the rotation has complicated things, but Guillen was adamant that Humber has pitched well enough to stay in.
"Listen, they can think whatever they want to think," Guillen said. "I have a job (to do), we have a job to do, and our job is to do the best for the team, not the best for the player. Sometimes when you do the best for the player, they don't appreciate that either. I will do what's best for the ballclub.
"If some guy has to get bumped out to the bullpen or we're going to do what we're going to do, we'll talk to them. We'll explain to them why we're doing this. If they like it, they like it, if they don't, they don't have any choices. They don't have a choice because it's about 25 guys. It's about (White) Sox, it's not about somebody's name on the back, and we're going to do what's best for the ballclub."
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