GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The plan for Nestor Molina seemed simple -- get the talented right-hander his work, and then place him atop the Double-A Birmingham starting rotation to begin the 2012 regular season.
That path still figures to be the one traveled by Molina, but an impressive first week already turned in by the acquisition from Toronto in the Sergio Santos deal has put people on alert that Molina could contend for a big league bullpen spot.
"As an organization, you look at it and that's going to be a tough call, because obviously you want to give him his time and space to improve and grow," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "On the other hand -- he does that great -- you want the best guys to go with you. Again, we're going to see the games and see how that goes, but he looks great."
Mark Buehrle, Jon Garland and Chris Sale are just a few White Sox starters who began their Major League career in the bullpen.