CHICAGO -- Rookie Zach Stewart has been pushed to the bullpen for the rest of this homestand, a move definitely needed after the relief crew was taxed during Tuesday's 8-7 victory over the Indians in 14 innings.
Stewart pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Indians, recording five strikeouts.
"I really don't know where that came from," said a smiling Stewart.
With two off-days next week during a road trip to Anaheim and Seattle, there's a good chance Stewart might be working in long relief until the White Sox get to September and face doubleheaders against the Twins and Indians.
"I was happy yesterday that we had a five-man rotation, because, all of a sudden, I look up and I had two bullets left in the bullpen, and one bullet could throw three or four innings and it was [Stewart]," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "That's why it's very important to have a guy that can pitch innings, and not just innings but quality innings. I think this guy can do that."
"Stewart's need is in the bullpen as we speak, today through Sunday," White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said. "I just don't see him starting right away. What I do see is him getting plenty more opportunities to pitch, plenty more opportunities to help us."