HOUSTON -- Dylan Axelrod didn’t quite know how to wait out the fog in his last start. But in the best interest of keeping him fresh, the White Sox have given him a few extra days in between starts.
Axelrod pitched with poor results on both sides of Monday’s 70-minute fog delay. But with the White Sox in a long inning before the stoppage and having to finish their at-bats after, Axelrod went about 90 minutes between innings.
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“That was a weird day, just stopping and starting,” Axelrod said. “One of those weird deals that you can’t prepare for that. The next day it was kind of like a bad dream, like ‘What was that? What happened?’ But now I’m back on track, ready for the next one.”
On Friday, Robin Ventura said the White Sox want to treat Axelrod -- who is 3-4 with a 4.26 ERA in 13 starts -- like they did with Jose Quintana last season and give him extra rest here and there. But Axelrod did throw 169 2/3 combined innings in 2011 and another 148 last season.
Still, with what he endured Monday, Axelrod thinks an extra few days isn’t a bad thing. The right-hander described trying to stay warm throughout the delay and getting cold while he waited for the fog to lift in the bullpen. After he cooled off, he got warm again, played catch a couple of times and tried to mentally stay involved before he stretched.
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“That was a little harder on my arm than normal,” Axelrod said. “I feel good. I’ve gone through long seasons before. I’m sure a couple days are nice. Freshen up a little bit. I think I match up pretty good against Minnesota, so I’m sure it’s something they considered.”
More on errors
The White Sox are on pace to commit 111 errors, 41 more than last season when they tied for the major league lead with a .988 fielding percentage. Ventura said he sees the right amount of effort and concentration being used and therefore can’t do much other than chalk it up.
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The team, which saw its record drop to 11-21 in games it makes an error, continues to routinely take infield practice and put in extra work.
“It just seems like the (mistakes) we’re making is the one we were making a play on last year,” Ventura said. “You kind of chalk it up to it’s going to happen every once in a while, so you go from there. Talk to them, it’s not an effort issue, it’s not a concentration issue.”
De Aza returns
Alejandro De Aza rejoined the White Sox on Friday night after a hospital visit for stomach illness and declared himself well enough to play Saturday. The White Sox could have used De Aza, who over his last 13 games has a .377/.443/.434 slash line with seven runs and nine RBIs, in a 2-1 loss Friday.
“For a week-and-a-half, he was going kind of good and doing some good things at the top of the lineup,” Ventura said.