White Sox notes: Ventura thinks Reed might be rusty

White Sox notes: Ventura thinks Reed might be rusty
August 1, 2013, 11:15 am
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CLEVELAND -- Addison Reed put four men on base as he blew a save on Wednesday night.

His manager suggested Reed, who appeared only for the fifth time in 18 days Wednesday, might be suffering rust from a lack of use.

But Reed, who has converted 26 of 31 saves and has a 3.91 ERA insists that’s not the case, though he admits he was a little off in a 6-5 loss to the Cleveland Indians.

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“I don’t think it’s either,” Reed said. “I feel great. Things aren’t working out the way I want them to.”

While Reed refuses to make an excuse for himself, Ventura would. He would like to give Reed more opportunities to pitch but doesn’t have that luxury on the road, where he may need to use the right-hander to close out a possible victory.

“There’s some of that of not getting regular times out there,” Ventura said. “It’s always tough when you go on the road to be able to get a guy in there just in case you do take the lead. It would be nice if he was sharper. Hitting (Jason) Giambi was one of those things where you’re not as sharp as you normally are.”

Konerko’s back a bother

Paul Konerko, who isn’t in Thursday’s lineup, has appeared as the team’s designated hitter in all 10 games since he returned from the disabled list on July 22.

Ventura would like to get Konerko a start at first base but hasn’t as a precaution because the veteran’s back isn’t still 100 percent.

“It’s just more protecting his back,” Ventura said. “The other night I was thinking about doing it here, but the other night there was a little something when he was running the bases. So, it’s precautionary stuff more than anything.”

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Konerko has hit .231 with no homers and five RBIs since he returned.

Ventura hopes to get him on the field during the three-game series at Detroit but isn’t sure. He believes there’s a chance Konerko’s lack of power might be a result of his back still not being right.

“You know, it could be,” Ventura said. “He’s still tinkering with stuff. I don’t think he’s where he wants to be right now the way he’s swinging the bat. It’s not as far off as you would think. There’s still something there that he’s working with. It’ll get there.”

Semien promoted

The White Sox have promoted infielder Marcus Semien from Double-A Birmingham to Triple-A Charlotte.

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Semien, who turns 23 in September, has risen up the ranks because of a solid approach at the plate. The shortstop/second baseman carried a .290/.420/.483 slash line with 15 homers and 20 stolen bases in 105 games at Birmingham. More impressive was his 84 to 66 walk to strikeout ratio.

Semien leads the Southern League with: 114 hits, 90 runs, .420 OBP, 190 total bases and in walks.