CHICAGO -- The White Sox starting pitcher for Saturday's contest with Detroit probably will be determined by the result of the three games against American League Central-leading Minnesota.
Next on turn to pitch would be Freddy Garcia, after missing his last start on Sunday, as he let the medicine from an epidural go to work on his sore lower back. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen expects Garcia to take the baseball Saturday, but Garcia's bullpen session before Tuesday's series opener didn't exactly provide the same sort of encouragement.
"Freddy Garcia didn't feel so hot," said White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper, who watched Garcia's bullpen session. "He still feels it when he's landing. He's going to be getting more treatment.
"Right now, he's scheduled to go Saturday. Today he took it out for a run and it didn't feel so great. Maybe a couple more days and we'll have something on Thursday light. And maybe different. But he'll continue to get treatment."
Garcia exited early from each of his last two starts, with the back stiffness limiting the right-hander to six innings in total. If Garcia can't go, the White Sox certainly would go with a young hurler such as Lucas Harrell or Carlos Torres if they lose this series to the Twins.
Tony Pena also would be an option out of the bullpen if the White Sox feel that they are still in contention.
"We'll deal with that on Saturday, but the options are the same we've had all along," Cooper said. "Could we come back and bring somebody back early? Maybe.
"Could we bring Lucas back? Maybe. Could we bring Pena? Maybe. Could we use Torres? Maybe. It hasn't been discussed yet because it's four days from now, and obviously these three days are more important than the fourth day."