NEW YORK — The names and faces might vary, but the White Sox plan to give their starting pitchers extra rest in September.
With the club out of contention and little to gain from overextending his pitchers, manager Robin Ventura said Tuesday afternoon he can’t see a reason to throw anyone on four days rest over the club’s final 25 games.
Rookies Erik Johnson and Charlie Leemsan will pick up of some of the slack, with the former making his major league debut Wednesday night against the New York Yankees.
Leesman made his debut last month and pitched in long relief on Sunday, but Ventura continues to suggest he could be available as a spot-starter as well.
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“It’s probably more of a modified six-man of having (Johnson) in there, and you can mix and match still every once in a while,” Ventura said.
Chris Sale, who is set to start Tuesday night against the Yankees, likely won’t pitch again until the White Sox are at home on Monday against the Detroit Tigers.
The White Sox have also announced they will push back the starts of Hector Santiago from Wednesday to Saturday and Andre Rienzo to Sunday, exactly a week after he last pitched in Boston.
At 133 2/3 innings pitched, Santiago has established a new career-high for a single season, as has Rienzo, who has thrown 152 1/3 innings between the minors and majors.
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Jose Quintana is likely to start on Thursday — only three days after he pitched an inning before a rain delay wiped him out — but Ventura said that’s because of extenuating circumstances.
Spacing out his starters is one of the few advantages of the White Sox being out of contention and offers Ventura a chance to evaluate his rookies.
“I wouldn’t think anybody would be out there with four days,” Ventura said. “Q might come back after his short one (Monday), but I’m talking about a guy that throws the regular amount, you’re not going to see a guy on four day’s rest.
"You’re seeing guys and really not trying to overuse guys either.”