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Monday, May 23, 2011
White Sox rotation change all about team

By Doug Padilla

ARLINGTON, Texas -- With the Chicago White Sox's experimental six-man rotation coming to an end, most likely at the conclusion of the current road trip, somebody is about to learn of an unpleasant fate.

And while the starter that gets bumped might not like it, he’s going to have to deal with it.

“It’s not about one guy, it’s about the ballclub,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “We don’t want to do it to anyone, but in the meanwhile some guys can’t pitch with eight days rest. Some guys can’t pitch with seven days rest. That’s a lot. When you talk about six, you can get away with that because you might skip one day. But put it together, we will have two guys with eight days without pitching and I don’t think that’s fair for anyone.”

Guillen has no issues with how the six starters are performing. The White Sox went to six starters when Jake Peavy returned from the disabled list May 11, but even before then, the rotation was putting some solid performances.

Over the last 19 games heading into Monday, White Sox starters had 15 quality starts and lowered their ERA from 4.44 to 3.81. Over the last six games, before Monday, the starting staff was 4-0 with a 1.71 ERA.

Guillen said he will talk to pitching coach Don Cooper in the coming days and the team will have a better idea of who might be relegated to bullpen duty. It could be that the staff wants to see John Danks' start Monday to determine if he or Edwin Jackson is the one that will have to get by, for the time being anyway, on relief appearances.

So if the move is all about the team, will he be disappointed if the demoted pitcher doesn’t like the change?

“Listen, they can think whatever they want to think,” Guillen said. “I have a job [to do], we have a job to do and our job is to do the best for the team not the best for the player. Sometimes when you do the best for the player they don’t appreciate that either. I will do what’s best for the ballclub.

“If some guy has to get bumped out to the bullpen, or we’re going to do what we’re going to do, we’ll talk to them. We’ll explain to them why we’re doing this. If they like it they like it, if they don’t they don’t have any choices. They don’t have a choice because it’s about 25 guys. It’s about [White] Sox, it’s not about somebody’s name on the back and we’re going to do what’s best for the ballclub.”