By Nate Gotlieb
White Sox reliever Jake Petricka will likely see more work in save situations because of the injury to relief pitcher Zach Putnam, manager Robin Ventura reiterated Friday.
Petricka appeared grateful for the opportunity during pre-game media availability and said he will try and treat the ninth like any other inning.
“That’s all you can do, because if you change what it is, then you’re going to change everything about you,” he said. “You don’t want to do that.”
Petricka, a 26-year-old Minnesota native, has arguably been the White Sox top reliever this season posting a 2.06 ERA in 52.1 innings of work. He earned his fifth save after pitching a scoreless ninth inning in the White Sox’s 5-2 win over Minnesota on Thursday.
“For right now, I think the way it sits with [Putnam] going on the DL, he’s probably slated to do most of it,” Ventura said. “For us, I hope, there’s a lot of situations for him to come in.”
Cooper still recovering
Ventura said pitching coach Don Cooper, who has been out for the past five games with vertigo, is feeling better but not well enough to travel.
“I don’t know when that day’s going to come…but hopefully it’s pretty soon,” Ventura said. “But, you know, it’s nice talking to him, and you know, he’s at least feeling a little better. As the day goes along, he feels better. In the mornings, he doesn’t feel that good, so you just hope the medication works and it happens a lot sooner than it’s been.”
Bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen has taken Cooper’s duties in his absence.
Sox to face rookie pitcher Saturday
Twins pitcher Logan Darnell will make his first career start on Saturday night Minnesota announced Thursday. The 25-year-old Darnell made a brief major-league appearance earlier this season throwing three scoreless innings on May 6 and has started 17 games this season for the Twins’ Triple-A affiliate in Rochester.
Darnell will face White Sox ace Chris Sale, who is 6-1 with a 1.93 ERA over his past 11 starts. Sale won his most recent outing July 21 versus Kansas City, allowing one run and seven hits over seven innings as the White Sox won 3-1.