White Sox reliever Webb has earned day off, maybe two

White Sox reliever Webb has earned day off, maybe two
April 3, 2014, 1:00 pm
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Daniel Webb isn’t going to see the mound on Thursday. He may get the day off on Friday, too.

The White Sox reliever threw 48 pitches over 2 2/3 innings in Wednesday’s 7-6 win against the Minnesota Twins, the most he has thrown in a game since 2011.

Short-handed because Felipe Paulino was out after 5 1/3 innings and Nate Jones and Scott Downs combined for no outs ahead of him, Webb took the mound in the seventh. He didn’t leave until Donnie Veal took over in the ninth inning and Webb admits he’s feeling it a little bit Thursday.

“Last time I went that many I was a starter in the minor leagues,” Webb said. “It was definitely the most I’ve thrown out of the bullpen. It was different. Little more sore than usual today, but I’ll be fine. … I just kept going out there. My mindset didn’t change: I had to keep trying to put zeroes up on the board.”

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White Sox manager Robin Ventura thinks the team has several multi-inning options. But Jones’ ineffectiveness wiped him out from staying longer in Wednesday’s game.

That meant Webb reached 48 pitches for the first time since he made a five-inning start for the Single-A Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto) on June 5, 2011. Webb did throw 40 or more pitches in three outings last season at Triple-A Charlotte and had ben stretched out to 40 in a two-inning simulated game this spring. He had an idea he’d be in this role after a meeting earlier this week.

“If we need a guy to go out there longer than two innings they said they’d probably use me,” Webb said.

Despite Webb’s lengthy performance Ventura said he had to consider alternatives.

“Yesterday got a little dicey on how we were going to do that,” Ventura said. “There was a chance of throwing Erik Johnson down there just to make sure we didn’t throw any players out there. You do what you have to do to win a game and go from there. Daniel is the only one who’ll be shut down today.”

Other notes

-- Dayan Vicedo has looked strong at the plate, Ventura said. But for a third straight day Alejandro De Aza is in the lineup.

“We’re going to have to find places for both of them,” Ventura said. “Right now De Aza is probably going to get most of that just because of who we’re facing. But I don’t see Tank sitting very long.”

-- Conor Gillaspie has recovered enough that he’s available to come off the bench if the White Sox need him, Ventura said. Gillaspie was unavailable on Wednesday because he was ill.