GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper knows how the team's starting rotation will be lined up at the season's outset, beginning with Chris Sale on Opening Day at home against the Twins on March 31.
At this point, with one week left in Spring Training, he's not quite ready to share that full information.
"I would imagine in a few days, you will get to know who 2, 3 and 4 and 5 might be," Cooper said. "I know. But we are not going to talk about that right now because there might be changes."
It's safe to guess that manager Robin Ventura and Cooper will break up the trio of lefties in Sale, Jose Quintana and John Danks, who has looked exceptional this spring with the return of his cutter. The White Sox also aren't likely to put Felipe Paulino and Erik Johnson back-to-back, with Paulino working his way back from more than a year of injury-related Major League inactivity and Johnson entering with five big league starts of experience on his resume.
A rotation of Sale, Paulino, Quintana, Johnson and Danks would make sense. Of course, that alignment could be adjusted due to inclement weather, although the White Sox have never really been a team to skip starters.
"We have no control over weather," Cooper said.
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