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White Sox bullpen back at full strength

White Sox bullpen back at full strength


MINNEAPOLIS -- After working with a short bullpen by choice Tuesday, the White Sox had their full set of relievers available Wednesday.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura decided to give right-handers Jesse Crain and Nate Jones a rest after some extended outings in recent games. In 29 appearances this season Crain has thrown 31 2/3 innings with a 0.57 ERA. Jones has 33 appearances with 36 innings and a 5.00 ERA.

"We played so many games that are like that," Ventura said. "You're either going to use them every night or you're going to have to find out about [Ramon] Troncoso. Or even with [Matt] Lindstrom. … Tonight, they're available."

As Ventura noted, by sitting Crain and Jones, he afforded some other relievers -- most notably right-hander Troncoso on Tuesday -- the chances to show where they can be helpful. Troncoso entered Tuesday night's game in the seventh inning with two outs. He threw 1 1/3 innings, during which he gave up two runs on two hits and was credited with his second loss of the season.

While Crain and Jones are Ventura's go-to men in close games, the White Sox have played 25 one-run games this season and are 10-15 in those contests. With the possibility of facing a one-run situation frequently, Ventura needs more options late in the game.

"We're going to have to find, to see what other guys are able to do," Ventura said. "You have to use your whole bullpen. I think the way it's been going, we play tight games anywhere, so they're either going to be used any night or you're going to have to find out who we have down there and what they're capable of doing."

Kelly Erickson 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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