Spot starter could be necessary in Detroit


BOSTON -- Saturday’s doubleheader with the Red Sox will require somebody from outside the White Sox rotation to start a game during the next series at Detroit, since not everybody will have their proper rest by then.

If Freddy Garcia is feeling better from the lower back issues that cropped up during his last start at Cleveland, he could be ready to pitch Monday in the series opener. If he needs another day of rest he would pitch Tuesday.

But either way, somebody is going to have to pick up one of those games.

According to pitching coach Don Cooper, Tony Pena or Lucas Harrell are the choices to start a game in the Detroit series. Cooper also said that it’s possible John Danks or Gavin Floyd could return on three days of rest if one of them doesn’t go very deep in one of Saturday’s doubleheader games.

“We’re going to let [Saturday] play out first,” Cooper said.

Are there benefits to a second consecutive day off?

“[It’s] great for the bullpen guys,” Cooper said. “We got Matt Thornton back. And it’s at least two days off for everyone else in the bullpen. So we’re rested and ready.”