CHICAGO -- For White Sox pitchers, it is that time of year again.
Jake Peavy's locker contained a black bat with a white handle. Mark Buehrle showed up and got dressed earlier than usual, preparing to get in his knocks.
White Sox pitchers began taking batting practice on Tuesday, so they will be prepared for visits to National League ballparks as part Interleague Play. The White Sox will begin a string of nine games in NL parks on May 11, when they open a three-game series against the Cubs.
But don't expect any White Sox relievers to get at-bats. Manager Ozzie Guillen told reporters that he has no plans to allow relievers to bat and is not allowing them to take batting practice.
Not even Sergio Santos, who was a highly touted prospect in the Arizona Diamondbacks' system before transitioning to pitcher. Santos recently began campaigning Guillen for a spot at-bat or two in an Interleague game.
"Santos wants to hit," Guillen said. "I said, 'Santos, you already had your chance, and the reason you're pitching is because you can't hit. So why do you want to hit so bad?'"
Peavy, who spent six years in the National League with the San Diego Padres, totes a career average of .180.
"I think, when you [face] the National League, and you're a starter, [batting practice] is only going to help you," Guillen said. "The more important thing for me is just to make sure they know how to bunt, move the guy over. In the past, we've been very good about it, but they're good athletes. They swing the bat well, but they don't get paid to hit."