DETROIT — An enthusiastic rookie, Andre Rienzo didn’t want the White Sox to know he had a blister on his right ring finger.
Rienzo had hoped to make two more starts before the season concludes, but he was scratched from Friday’s game after the blister hindered him. The right-hander, who said the blister developed after his last start in Baltimore, hopes to still pitch at least two more times this season.
“Never happened to me before,” Rienzo said. “I’m a rookie. I want to show. I don’t want to say nothing, and I just wanted to go out there. When I tried to go out there ... I couldn’t because it hurt a little bit and they said I can’t do it (this time). They said get rest.”
Dylan Axelrod received the starting assignment instead. He last pitched in relief with a 92-pitch effort on Sept. 12. White Sox manager Robin Ventura wouldn’t commit to when Rienzo would pitch but only because the team needs to make sure the blister heals. Ventura on Wednesday alluded to the idea one of his pitchers might have to be scratched soon and said Friday he was referring to Rienzo.
Rienzo — who is 2-2 with a 5.04 ERA in nine starts — wants to get back as soon as possible.
“I hope two more,” Rienzo said. “I want (to). I can’t control the results, but I want to be there in the field and I want to be showing, fighting. Show more for Ventura, for White Sox.”