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Pitching staff reacts to loss of Masset

Pitching staff reacts to loss of Masset

KANSAS CITY -- Chicago pitchers aren't worried about less depth after sending away Nick Masset to the Reds in exchange for Ken Griffey Jr.

"Kenny [Williams, general manager] did what he needed to do to make the team better," starter Mark Buehrle said. "I think that kind of caught some people off guard. He's been trying to get Griff here for a while. He does what he does and we got guys in the Minor League system in case somebody gets hurt."

The loss of Masset, though, means the White Sox pitching staff has one less body at a time when the pitchers are going through a rough stretch. After being one of the top staffs in the Majors most of the season, Chicago starters are 5-6 with a 6.07 ERA in the past 16 games. In the same time period, the relievers are 2-3 with a 6.46 ERA.

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It doesn't help that starter Jose Contreras and reliever Scott Linebrink are on the disabled list. Still, the pitching staff isn't concerned that Williams didn't add another reliever through a trade.

"Kenny did it for a reason," starter Gavin Floyd said. "I think we have some depth in the Minor Leagues if we need it. I think our pitching staff is pretty strong so I don't think there is really too much worry.

"Look at Griff's career. He's done amazing things. He's going to keep on doing great things. It's a great acquisition."

Mark Dent is an associate reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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