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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Cuts give peek at 12-man pitching staff

By Doug Padilla

PEORIA, Ariz. -- There were no surprises among the roster moves the White Sox made as scheduled Tuesday, but the cuts it did give a look into the likely 12 pitchers they will take into Opening Day.

Nine players were affected in the moves, including outfielder Alejandro De Aza and catcher Tyler Flowers. Both were optioned to Triple-A Charlotte along with right-hander Gregory Infante.

Reassigned to minor-league camp were right-handers Brian Bruney, Jeff Gray, Josh Kinney and Shane Lindsay, as well as outfielder Jordan Danks and infielder Dallas McPherson.

The moves leave 29 players in big-league camp, a number that includes catcher Donny Lucy, who is not expected to make the opening day roster. A total of 13 pitchers also remain in camp.

Jake Peavy is among those 13 pitchers and it is widely assumed he will be on the disabled list once the season begins. Manager Ozzie Guillen has also stated a preference for 12 pitchers to start the season.

Barring any unexpected turn of events, that would leave the White Sox with the following staff (in alphabetical order): Mark Buehrle, Jesse Crain, John Danks, Gavin Floyd, Phil Humber, Edwin Jackson, Jeff Marquez, Will Ohman, Tony Pena, Chris Sale, Sergio Santos and Matt Thornton.

If the White Sox end up going with an 11-man staff, Marquez figures to be the odd man out.