The current six-man rotation is an extension of an already-strong program in place to keep White Sox pitchers healthy, pitching coach Don Cooper said.
With development the priority at this point in the season, Cooper wants to make sure his pitchers perform well but also, and just as important, reach the offseason healthy.
As of now, the team will stick with the plan where no appears on four days rest the remainder of the season.
“The worst thing that could happen now is if somebody went down,” Cooper said.
“We’re trying to take care of everybody so that’s why we kind of remained on a six-day rotation. If (pitching is our big asset) we need to protect that asset as much as we can and so that’s what we decided to do. But this is no different than any year. We try to take care of guys all year, whether its sidelines, playing catch, limiting that. (Herm Schneider) takes care of them, (Allen Thomas) gets them in great shape and I watch them every day. Our goal is to keep them healthy and strong then they can go out and do the things we envision them doing.”
The team’s starting pitchers have been solid all season despite injuries to several key figures as they have a 3.87 ERA. The group has also responded well to the extra rest as White Sox starters have a 1.78 ERA in 30 1/3 innings over the team’s last five games. The White Sox elected to go to a six-man rotation starting Sept. 4.