MINNEAPOLIS -- The six-man rotation is no longer just a plan.
With their young starters in need of a break, the White Sox announced Wednesday morning they have employed a six-man rotation -- for now.
Manager Robin Ventura officially set his rotation for the next six games: Philip Humber, Gavin Floyd and Francisco Liriano will face the Los Angeles Angels, Ventura said.
Jake Peavy will pitch on Monday against Kansas City and Chris Sale and Jose Quintana will follow.
I had to write it down, Ventura joked.
The team has emphasized the importance of extra rest for Sale and Quintana, both of whom will soar past their career highs for innings pitched this season.
Sales average fastball velocity was down two miles per hour in his last start on Friday as he battled a dead-arm situation. Sale said he is healthy but will get 10 days off in between starts.
Quintana has allowed eight earned runs in his past 13 13 innings, including four in the first inning Monday. The left-hander finished Mondays start strong and completed seven innings, but will get an eight-day break.
Liriano and Peavy will pitch on regular rest.
When you have six guys you can kind of push it around this way because you do have the flexibility, Ventura. With the two young guys, youre trying to take care of them and give them the best opportunity when they go out there. You make sure theyre healthy and competitive when they go out there and have every bit of ammo when they pitch.