Notes: Moving on without Marte

Notes: Moving on without Marte

KANSAS CITY -- The White Sox are bracing for the possibility that they might not have left-hander Damaso Marte as they try to hold off the Cleveland Indians for the American League Central Division title.

Marte, who was sent home on Sunday because he reported late to the ballpark, was not with Chicago on Tuesday because he was having his sore neck checked out by medical officials.

"To this point, I'm not counting on Damaso to be with the team for the next couple of days, and we're going to make a decision [Wednesday] to see if we're going to need another body," manager Ozzie Guillen said prior to Tuesday's game.

As the White Sox ponder their stretch-drive options and 25-man postseason roster, Guillen said the issue now revolves around Marte's physical status rather than further disciplinary action. But if Marte were to be cleared to pitch, Gullen said Marte would need to apologize to his teammates.

"Is it likely he's going to be on the [disabled list]? I'm pretty sure he will be," Guillen said. "When you go see a doctor, it's for a reason. I have to prepare myself and worry about the guys I have here. We can play without him. I think we've got enough guys here to step up and do the job."

Staying with Hernandez: Despite Orlando Hernandez's struggles Sunday, Guillen said he plans to start Hernandez again on Saturday at Minnesota.

"I'm not going to let down the guys who have brought me here," Guillen said. "I've got a lot of confidence in [Hernandez]. He just had a bad outing. Maybe in the next couple of days, we'll change our minds. We'll see how he feels. Right now, I feel like El Duque should be the man."

Spot for McCarthy: Whether it's starting or relieving, right-hander Brandon McCarthy will be on the playoff roster if the White Sox secure a berth in the postseason. McCarthy turned heads on Sunday when he fanned eight in his first pro relief appearance.

"I think this kid is going to help us on the playoff roster," Guillen said.

McCarthy said he'll gladly work in any capacity as the White Sox try to put all the pieces together for a run at some October glory.

"As I've said all along, I just go where they tell me," McCarthy said.

Short memory: Carl Everett went into the Kansas City series 0-for-11 in a three-game span and 2-for-25 over his last seven games. But Everett wasn't fretting over the recent numbers.

"You don't let it hinder you," Everett said. "People have done worse than I've done. I've been around a while, so I'm not a guy who's going to get upset by an at-bat. I don't call anything a slump."

On the farm: Class A Kannapolis defeated Hagerstown, 8-2, on Monday in Game 1 of the South Atlantic playoffs. Right-hander Carlos Torres allowed one run on three hits over eight innings to earn the win. Left fielder David Cook went 3-for-5 with two homers and three RBIs, while second baseman Chris Getz was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. ... Double-A Birmingham of the Southern League and Class A Winston-Salem of the Carolina League were eliminated in the semifinals of their respective leagues.

On deck: The White Sox will start right-hander Freddy Garcia in the middle game of their series in Kansas City. Garcia is 9-3 with a 3.04 ERA on the road. The Royals will counter with left-hander J.P. Howell (2-6, 6.63 ERA).

Robert Falkoff is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.