Rotation to have six spokes for rest of May

Rotation to have six spokes for rest of May

ANAHEIM -- Ozzie Guillen announced Tuesday that the White Sox six-man rotation will be in place starting Friday for the next 20 games, running up until an off-day on June 2. At that point, the situation will be re-evaluated.

Jake Peavy gets the start Wednesday, followed by Phil Humber on Friday and then Gavin Floyd tentatively scheduled for Saturday in Oakland. Floyd will throw a side on Wednesday to test his sore right foot, after taking an Ichiro Suzuki single off that area in Saturday's victory.

Mark Buehrle completes the road trip on Sunday, with Edwin Jackson and John Danks starting the upcoming homestand against Texas. The White Sox will go one arm short in the bullpen, with that roster decision to be announced before Wednesday's game. But with the extra rest, the starters also might be counted on to go an extra inning or two or a few more pitches than usual.

"We have a plan that if you're not pitching today and it's been three days, you're going to be in the bullpen in case we need you," said Guillen of starters possibly being available on their side days.

Humber's strength as a starter forced this decision, but it's a good choice for the White Sox to have to make. There have been times during Guillen's managerial tenure when he couldn't find a trusted fourth starter, let alone having six quality arms.

"In Spring Training, Humber was coming in as a fill-in and when Peavy comes back, we all knew what we thought was going to happen," Buehrle said. "But [Humber is] probably throwing the ball better than anybody. If anybody should get bumped, it should be one of us and not him."

"Whenever they tell me I'm going to pitch, I'll be happy to pitch," Peavy said.