Wednesday's White Sox starter remains a mystery

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Wednesday's White Sox starter remains a mystery

BOSTON -- Who will start on Wednesday for the White Sox remains a mystery, but it wont be anyone on the 25-man roster.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura ruled out Gavin Floyd, who is experiencing tendinitis in his right elbowforearm, and said he plans to stick to the original plan where he gives his other starters an extra day of rest.

Ventura announced Jose Quintana will throw against Boston on Thursday with Jake Peavy and Chris Sale at Detroit on Friday and Saturday, respectively. The teams top internal candidate for Wednesdays game is Triple-A pitcher Pedro Hernandez, who was acquired in the December deal which sent Carlos Quentin to the San Diego Padres.

Hernandez is 7-2 with a 2.90 ERA in 14 minor-league appearances (13 starts) this season.

I dont see him pitching here, Ventura said of Floyd. He might throw a little bit, play catch (Tuesday). Well readjust and figure out somebody for Wednesday. Were having talks with Rick (Hahn) and Kenny (Williams) about the best scenario of who thats going to be. You have to make a move whether Gavin goes on the disabled list or not. Its more of how hes feeling. Youre going to have to make a move eventually.

Floyd hopes to avoid a trip to the DL, though he thinks it will be a couple of days before he tests his elbow again.

The right-hander, who is 3-1 with a 1.37 ERA in his last four starts, said he first noticed an issue in his July 7 start against Toronto.

He called the tendonitis a gradual thing and said he experienced soreness in a catch session over the All-Star break and couldnt complete a bullpen session in Kansas City on Friday, which prompted a return to Chicago for an MRI. Floyd said he was most affected when he tried to throw off-speed pitches.

The MRI showed no structural damage, but Floyd expects he wont play catch for several days in an attempt to let the affected area quiet down.

Maybe not tomorrow, maybe the next day, Floyd said. Just give it a little break. Thats the best thing we can do right now throwing-wise. I mean, it feels fine until I put myself in certain positions and twist it and I feel it strongly in that area.

Floyds uncertainty may make general manager Kenny Williams feel stronger about adding at least one pitcher before the July 31 trade deadline. The team is already without John Danks and Philip Humber returns to a rotation featuring three first-year starters on Tuesday.

Several national reports have indicated the White Sox are interested in Milwaukees Zack Greinke and Chicago Cubs starter Ryan Dempster. But Ventura said his focus is solely to fill out the lineup card with the names on the roster.

We talk about different stuff, but for me its whoever is here, Ventura said. Were going to try and win with what we got here. I dont like looking outside to think something else is better. (Kenny is) the one who does all that.

Preview: White Sox kick off 10-game homestand vs. A's tonight on CSN

Preview: White Sox kick off 10-game homestand vs. A's tonight on CSN

The White Sox take on the Oakland Athletics tonight, and you can catch all the action on CSN and live streaming on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.

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Today’s starting pitching matchup: Mike Pelfrey (3-5, 3.56 ERA) vs. Jharel Cotton (4-7, 5.40 ERA)

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How White Sox players managed the 'chaos' of Thursday's record-setting rain delay

How White Sox players managed the 'chaos' of Thursday's record-setting rain delay

MINNEAPOLIS -- Some guys played cards. The soccer ball got kicked around in spite of the close quarters in the visiting clubhouse. There was dancing. A magic trick or two was attempted. A few players even tried to get in a nap.

White Sox players found myriad ways to keep themselves occupied during Thursday’s draining 4-hour, 50-minute rain delay -- the longest in Minnesota Twins history.

Yet despite not knowing what time the game may start, White Sox players found a way to overcome the uncertainty and stay engaged. Similar to May 26 when the first game of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers was cancelled, the White Sox figured out how to go from zero to 60 in mere seconds. Though there’s no exact formula for success, the White Sox seem to have figured out a way to endure the elements and get out quickly. On early Thursday evening, the White Sox overcame the rain and misery to jump ahead of the Minnesota Twins en route to a 9-0 victory at Target Field.

“We keep it real loose whether,” veteran third baseman Todd Frazier said. “We have a good time. We enjoy each other’s company. Win lose or draw, tomorrow’s a new day. Today we kept working hard and we knew we had a game to play and eventually we were going to play it. We turned it on at the right moment.”

Jose Quintana saw so much of his iPad that eventually he had to turn it off out of sheer boredom. Thursday’s starting pitcher was almost able to complete two feature-length movies during the rain delay. Quintana, who excelled with nine strikeouts in 6 2/3 scoreless innings, watched ‘Fast and Furious 7’ and ‘Get Out’ on his iPad during the delay.

While he liked the action movie, Quintana wasn’t as fond of the latter, though he admits he’s not a big fan of horror movies.

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“I think it was bad because too much time in front of the iPad,” Quintana said. “It made me bored.

“I just tried to stay relaxed, focused on the game. … Tried to come back and work a little bit. It’s a little hard, but we don’t have control so stay focused on the game.”

Whereas the White Sox determined when they played last month at home -- they cancelled Game 1 of a doubleheader at 1 p.m. and pushed the second game back to 8 p.m. because of rain -- this time was in the Twins’ hands. The forecast called for rain all afternoon before things cleared up around 5 p.m.

While the White Sox were in limbo as to when they would play, they had a pretty good idea that eventually they would.

“It’s miserable,” Frazier said. “You try and find some things to do, play cards, hang out with the guys. If you had a set time it would help. But we came out banging in that first inning. It’s huge.”

White Sox manager Rick Renteria is impressed with how his team has handled both long days. The White Sox also defeated the Tigers 8-2 on May 26th. While Renteria and his coaching staff spent a lot of his time preparing for their upcoming home series against the Oakland A’s, he’s pleased with how his players managed themselves through the uncertainty.  

“They’re the ones who are dealing with the chaos,” Renteria said. “They’re the ones who play the game and who have to have their minds to be ready to go out and perform. They’ve been able to respond well. It’s part of who they are, their character, and hopefully it’s something they continue to be able to do and build on.”