Pitchers confident in backup catchers

Pitchers confident in backup catchers

CHICAGO -- While A.J. Pierzynski has been one of the White Sox hottest hitters of late, his primary role always has been to handle the team's top-flight pitching staff. But even with Pierzynski out of action because of a fractured left wrist, the White Sox don't seem overly concerned with their pitchers' survival during Pierzynski's absence.

"Obviously, I've been throwing to A.J. 99 percent of my starts, but it's one of those things that, at this point in the season, we have a pretty good idea of what we're trying to do," White Sox starter John Danks said. "Tyler [Flowers] and Donny [Lucy] are right there, they know.

"Having guys like A.J. stick around or [pitching coach Don Cooper] or [Mark] Buehrle, guys that know what we're trying to accomplish and how we're going to do it, will only help. I don't anticipate the pitching tanking because A.J. is out. We can pick up where we left off. It'll be different, but it won't be a huge difference."

General manager Ken Williams expressed the utmost confidence in Tyler Flowers' game calling and defense behind the plate.