As the White Sox and Indians wait to see if there will be a game played Sunday, the less likely it is Chris Sale will be on the mound.
But manager Robin Ventura wasn’t ready to commit to a plan for Sale when he spoke to reporters this morning.
“It’s not an optimal situation to put any pitcher out there that’s a regular that basically has the potential to miss a start,” Ventura said. “We’ll look at that and see what the weather looks like and if there needs to be a change, then we’ll change it.”
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Current rain -- and the potential for more all day -- have put today’s series finale in jeopardy. Already the start time has been delayed indefinitely.
But because this is Cleveland’s final visit to U.S. Cellular Field and the Indians remain in the wildcard hunt, everything is being done to get the game played.
Meanwhile, there isn’t much for the Sox to do.
“It doesn’t look good, but Major League Baseball is the one that, they ultimately decide what’s going to happen here,” Ventura said. “We’re just going to have to wait it out, just sit and wait. With them being in the race, it’s kind of the fair thing to do.”
Garcia scratched from lineup
Outfielder Avisail Garcia will not be in Sunday’s lineup for the White Sox. He was listed on the original lineup posted, but was announced as a scratch about 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start.
Garcia left to be with his pregnant wife.
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The reordered lineup dropped Jordan Danks from the leadoff spot to seventh. Leury Garcia replaces Avisail Garcia in center field and will bat first.
Mistakes continue to plague White Sox
No errors were charged to Chicago in its 8-1 loss to the Indians on Saturday night, but the White Sox didn’t escape completely without a blatant mistake.
In the ninth, Alejandro De Aza appeared ready to make a catch in center field, only to have the ball land behind him. Jose Ramirez was credited with a triple and later scored the Indians’ eighth run.
Ventura said the team will need to focus more on defense during spring training in order to emphasize its value.
“You just have to understand it’s important, and it’s hard,” Ventura said. “It’s not an easy part of the game because you can lose concentration or float or do whatever, but in the end you lose games because you can’t catch the ball.”