Lefty Mark Buehrle will make his eighth Opening Day start on April 5 against the Cleveland Indians. Buehrle didn’t find out from manager Ozzie Guillen that he was going to get the start. Instead, media relations manager Pat O’Connell called Buehrle to tell him that Guillen had broken the news to reporters on Sunday.
When I talked to Ozzie Guillen on Monday, he told me that after Buehrle pitching No. 1 and Peavy pitching No. 2, he and pitching coach Don Cooper will try to match up his other three starters -- John Danks, Gavin Floyd and Freddy Garcia -- against the most favorable opponents and teams. That philosophy gives Guillen the luxury of giving one of the three more days off in April before going with a full-bore, five-man rotation in May.
Guillen also told me that during spring training, right handed pitcher Daniel Hudson will get stretched out all the way until Opening Day so that he’s ready to go into the rotation in case one of the other pitchers is injured.
Reliever J.J. Putz told me on Monday that he’s throwing the ball freely and without pain. He said his only worry was to hold himself back from doing too much too early. Putz is another in a long line of new Chicago White Sox players who admitted they’d rather play with A.J. Pierzynski than against him.
“He was always doing something to beat you,” Putz said. “I’m glad he’s on my team now. Besides, he’s a hell of a catcher. A lot of guys have done well with him behind the plate.”