White Sox plan on sticking with six-man staff

White Sox plan on sticking with six-man staff

White Sox plan on sticking with six-man staff
BOSTON -- The White Sox announced their starting pitchers for the upcoming home series against the Tigers and Mariners, and the alignment shows their six-man rotation lives on.

Mark Buehrle opens the three-game weekend set at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday against the Tigers, followed by Edwin Jackson and Jake Peavy. John Danks gets the call Monday against the Mariners, with manager Ozzie Guillen simply wanting to give a healthy Danks the extra day of rest behind Peavy, followed by Philip Humber and Gavin Floyd.

Humber has made the White Sox decision to move away from the six-man a difficult one. The right-hander has more recent relief experience, but he also has been the team's most consistent starter.

Guillen indicated during Wednesday's pregame interview session at Fenway Park how the six-man rotation would stick at least one more turn. But in that same talk with reporters, Guillen mentioned how the six-man rotation could last through the All-Star break.

"Well, it's kind of funny, after the All-Star break, we have a lot of days -- maybe 12 days with guys without pitching. Then it changes a little bit," Guillen said. "Before the All-Star break, I want those guys to catch up and breathe for the long stretch.

"Now we have that six-man [rotation], then boom, we go into the All-Star break and we have to figure out to go five or six. In the beginning, we should go with five, because some guys will be spending 10 days without pitching. Obviously they'll be in the bullpen and throwing on the side and stuff, but it's not the same."

White Sox starters have not complained about the schedule alteration, with Guillen joking about the alternative being moving a potential disgruntled hurler to relief. Guillen added how he's open to hearing comments from the pitchers, as is pitching coach Don Cooper, but it was Peavy who told MLB.com on Tuesday how this early rest could give the Chicago rotation a late-season freshness advantage.

"Only time will tell," Buehrle said. "But last year, getting pushed back a couple starts, I felt stronger later in the season than I have in previous years.

"I joked that if we'd actually throw on five days' rest, it might seem like short rest instead of normal time. Some days you feel better on day four than day five, and sometimes better on day six. It's just really a week by week case."