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Sox Drawer: Ozzie no bull on the 'pen

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Sox Drawer: Ozzie no bull on the 'pen

Friday, April 15, 2011
Posted: 7:58 p.m.

By Chuck Garfien
CSNChicago.com

If Ozzie Guillen was hoping that his off day in Miami would help him recover from Thursdays latest bullpen breakdown, it didnt happen.

Just dont ask me about the bullpen, Guillen said as he opened his press conference before Fridays game against the Angels. If were going to make a soap opera out of this (bleep), let me know.

Yep, nothing like the tropical breezes of South Florida to relax the mind and ease the pain of a bullpen that has unfortunately imploded like an old Las Vegas casino in the first two weeks of the season.

The damage has been severe: six blown saves, a 6.14 ERA, and Matt Thornton has been at the center of it all, going 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA.

So whos the teams closer now?

You see (Mark) Buehrle in the (bullpen) in the 9th, thats our closer for the 9th, said Guillen, who is clearly not ready to trust anyone in that role at this point.

If the fans want to know, I dont know, Guillen said. If the media wants to know, I dont know. If the pitchers want to know, I dont know. Whoever is there in the 9th, is the one Ive decided I want to close it down.

The fans choice right now seems to be Sergio Santos, who came into Friday with a perfect 0.00 ERA, throwing 7 23 scoreless innings. He also didnt give up a run in spring training.

I welcome the challenge, Santos said Friday about the possibility of becoming the White Sox closer.

Santos might be the answer today, but what about the rest of the season? Thats what Guillen and the rest of the coaching staff seem to be asking themselves, as they wait, and hope, for guys like Thornton and Chris Sale to come around.

We have a great bullpen. Theyre just not doing what theyre supposed to do, Guillen said. But meanwhile, I have a lot of faith in the bullpen.

White Sox fans seem to have a different feeling. Over the last couple days, many have sounded the alarms, sensing bullpen Armageddon which could derail the whole season.

Leave it to Ozzie to represent the voice of reason.

A lot of people in Chicago are panicking. Everyone. Unbelievable how people are panicking after 12 games. Thats a joke.

Humor is what Jerry Reinsdorf chose to use in describing the bullpen situation. At an event honoring Jackie Robinson Day, the White Sox Chairman was asked Friday if he sees any other social barriers in the game right now.

We seem to have a barrier in respect to relief pitching, Reinsdorf quipped.

Is he concerned about their struggles?

Not me. When Ozzie says hes worried, then Ill get worried, he added.

So if the White Sox have a one-run lead in the 9th, which reliever will we see running out of the bullpen? Who knows. But Guillen will keep going with his gut, even if it means getting kicked there again and again.

I have to make decisions, Guillen said. Maybe theyre not the right ones, but Im not going to make it regards to what fans want, the media, Jerry, Kenny (Williams). I will make decisions about what I think is best for the ballclub. Was I wrong last week? Yes, I was very wrong. I brought the wrong one out everytime. But thats the way it is.

Chuck Garfien hosts White Sox Pregame and Postgame Live on Comcast SportsNet with former Sox Bill Melton. Follow Chuck @ChuckGarfien on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox news and views.

Lucas Giolito's White Sox debut will be pushed back as club makes rotation changes

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Lucas Giolito's White Sox debut will be pushed back as club makes rotation changes

Lucas Giolito's White Sox debut will be pushed back a day.

Originally scheduled to start Monday, Giolito will make his team debut on Tuesday now, manager Rick Renteria said on Saturday. Giolito will take Reynaldo Lopez's place in the rotation as he recovers from a strained back.

The White Sox also made some other pitching rotation changes.

Carlos Rodon and Carson Fulmer will be the two starters for Monday's doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins. Renteria said that Fulmer — who will be making his season debut — will serve as the 26th man and then head back to Triple-A Charlotte.

In 24 starts this season with the Knights, the 23-year-old prospect is 7-8 with a 5.61 ERA and 95 strikeouts.

Strained back sends White Sox pitching prospect Reynaldo Lopez to DL

Strained back sends White Sox pitching prospect Reynaldo Lopez to DL

After leaving Thursday's game with soreness, the White Sox are taking a cautious approach with pitching prospect Reynaldo Lopez.

The White Sox announced on Saturday they have placed Lopez on the 10-day disabled list with a strained back and purchased the contract of pitcher Danny Farquhar from Triple-A Charlotte.

White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper noticed Lopez losing both his velocity and command in the fourth inning of his start against the Texas Rangers on Thursday night which prompted a mound visit from manager Rick Renteria and head athletic trainer Herm Schneider. After initially walking back toward the dugout, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu signaled for Renteria and Schneider to return. Lopez was pulled from the game just moments later.

Lopez is 0-1 with a 6.97 ERA in two starts with the White Sox after getting promoted to the majors on Aug. 11.

Farquhar, 30, signed with the White Sox in July after he was released by the Tampa Bay Rays.

In eight games with Triple-A Charlotte, Farquhar had a 3.00 ERA with a 0.880 WHIP and 12 strikeouts.

The veteran reliever has played in parts of six MLB seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays (2011), Seattle Mariners (2013-15) and Rays (2016-17). Farquhar has a career record of 7-14 with 18 saves and a 3.85 ERA in 230 games.

The White Sox 40-man roster is now at 36 after Saturday's move.