KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Hector Santiago is close to achieving a career high in innings pitched but Robin Ventura hasn’t seen any signs of fatigue just yet.
The White Sox manager did say Wednesday afternoon he has closely monitored Santiago, who has pitched 123 2/3 innings, and would spell him if needed. Santiago is five innings shy of the 128 2/3 innings he pitched between three stops in 2011, including 5 1/3 for the White Sox.
Ventura said the situation is similar to the way the club handled Chris Sale and Jose Quintana last season. But unlike 2012 the White Sox aren’t in a pennant race and have flexibility in how they handle Santiago, who is set to next pitch on Saturday against the Texas Rangers.
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“I don’t know if it’s a limit but you’re kind of seeing how they’re pitching and how they’re doing,” Ventura said. “If we get to a point where they look fatigued then in September you can probably mix in a couple of others who are going to get called up to fill those spots. But right now we don’t have a set ‘This is where they have to end up.’ It’s just being aware of how they look and how they feel. You don’t want to send them out there jeopardizing what they can do in the future.”
Santiago moved into the rotation earlier this season because of an injury to Gavin Floyd and the delayed return of John Danks He remained in the rotation when Jake Peavy went down with an injury.
The left-hander has been a strong addition to the group as he has gone 4-5 with a 3.16 ERA in 105 1/3 innings as a starter. He showed no signs of slowing down in a 117-pitch effort on Sunday as his fastball averaged 93 mph, a tick ahead of his 92.8 mph average per brooksbaseball.net.
“It’s the first time he’s been up here and a starter,” Ventura said. “We’re just trying to be aware of it and we do have some guys that will probably get a start here or there.”
Addison Reed recorded his 32 nd save on Tuesday night, good enough for fifth in the American League. The total is also the 11th highest for a single season in franchise history. Reed is on pace to record 42 saves, which would be the third most for a single season in franchise history. The 24-year-old has converted his last six save opportunities and needs 14 more to tie Terry Forster for sixth place in franchise history with 75.
Longest win streak
The team takes a four-game winning streak into Wednesday’s game, it’s longest of the season. The White Sox, who are 50-74 and have won 10 of 15, haven’t won five straight games since last September.