CHICAGO -- Freddy Garcia is going to miss his scheduled start on Sunday. The right-hander's bothersome back, which caused him to leave a game after just two innings against Detroit on Sept. 7, hasn’t healed to the point that manager Ozzie Guillen and pitching coach Don Cooper were ready to let Garcia back in the rotation.
“It’s going to be Lucas Harrell, I think Freddy’s got to wait a couple more days until the medicine calms down the little inflammation he’s got in his back,” said Guillen, who added that Garcia would throw a side session before they decide where he stands healthwise.
Jenks still sidelined, Guillen happy with Sale
The White Sox bullpen has been a relative m*a*s*h* unit of late. Guillen once again addressed the status of reliever Bobby Jenks on Saturday.
“Bobby’s not my closer right now, he’s not, I’m very happy with [Chris] Sale,” Guillen said.
“I’m not saying [Jenk had] lost his job, I have to wait to see to put him in the game to see how he’s doing, how he feels, he’s got to throw on the side. It’s another process, it might take a little while, maybe one day, two days, three days … a week.”
As for what he’d seen so far from the young Chris Sale, Guillen was effusive in his praise.
“He’s shown me a lot of nerve, obviously everybody feels comfortable when they have the stuff; with that stuff I’d be comfortable too,” Guillen remarked with a slight chuckle. “I think mentally he’s prepared for it, do I think he’s ready to be the closer? I don’t know, but he’s doing it right now. I don’t know if it’s going to be a long term thing, but right now he’s doing a great job there.”
Guillen was hardly surprised by Sale’s apparent natural ability to come up with the big strikeout when needed.
“He’s got three strikeout pitches,” Guillen said. “If you’re a lefty and you throw strikes, you will survive.”
Clearly at the moment, Sale is doing more than surviving. As far as his long term future was concerned, Guillen was unsure if the youngster would be used as a starter or in relief. However, Guillen left little doubt that he had the utmost confidence in Sale’s ability to handle high pressure situations.