CHICAGO -- When Buddy Bell returned to the White Sox four years ago, he ran into Robin Ventura at Spring Training and immediately tried to get the six-time Gold Glover back into the organization in a coaching capacity.
On Monday afternoon, those negotiations came to fruition.
Ventura, who played 10 years for the White Sox and became a true fan favorite, will return as a special advisor to Bell, the director of player development. The plan for Ventura is to have him visit each of the organization's Minor League affiliates throughout the summer, starting in July, and evaluate the player performances and report to Bell.
Actually, Ventura turned down earlier overtures because he was committed to being with his wife and raising his three daughters and one son in California. With his children getting older and the White Sox giving him flexibility in his work schedule, Ventura acknowledged during a Monday conference call that he felt entirely comfortable with this particular opportunity.
"I have a little more free time than I did before," Ventura said. "[White Sox chairman] Jerry [Reinsdorf] and Buddy gave me the opportunity to be a little flexible. That's the part that intrigued me.
"It would have been a difficult sell if it would be six months. But going to coach just for three or four days [at a time] was appealing."
Bell said it was not a difficult decision to bring back Ventura and it certainly wasn't a hard sell to convince Reinsdorf of the hire. Bell added that Ventura's job will evolve as he goes, but there might be instances in which Ventura works with specific players either because they need Ventura's help or Bell wants another set of eyes on him.
"Jerry has been pushing this for a long time," Bell said. "We were trying to find the right time to talk about it. I think it was April that Robin and I sat down and came to terms on this is really what he wants to do. That was great."
"Awesome, great idea," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen of the return of his friend and former infield mate. "He's a baseball man and he loves this organization."
This hire isn't looked upon by Ventura as his first step toward a Major League job, with Ventura joking that he doesn't plan on becoming president of the team.
"I'm willing to put my foot in the water and see what happens," Ventura said. "I'm excited to be able to do this within the White Sox organization."
Peavy's injury to be evaluated daily
CHICAGO -- For the moment, the news on White Sox starter Jake Peavy is better than expected.
Peavy underwent an MRI on Monday which revealed a mild strain of his right groin. The club said he "will be evaluated on a daily basis" and there is no word on whether he will miss his next scheduled start.
Peavy left his start on Sunday against Detroit after just four innings, suffering the injury during his final inning as he ran to cover first base on a possible double-play grounder. He finished the inning and it's unknown whether he might have exacerbated the injury by remaining in the game. Either way, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen had no problem with Peavy staying in the game.
"This guy wants to be out there, he wants to help us," Guillen said. "At least he wants to be out there. I hope it's not a big deal, but we've prepared for the worst."
Guillen said those preparations will include going back to a five-man rotation. The White Sox have been pitching with a six-man staff since Peavy returned on May 11.
"Hopefully, he won't be out for long, but I guess if any team can do it, it's us because we've been going with a six-man rotation," said first baseman Paul Konerko. "It's not really a big deal for us to drop down to a five-man. That's normal, if, in fact, that's what they're going to do.
"No excuses, we've just got to move on. It's tough for Jake, but we've just got to move on."
Peavy missed the first six weeks of the season while rehabbing from surgery on his right shoulder, making his latest injury that much more difficult for the team to stomach.
"It's tough to see somebody battle back from a career-type injury and then have this happen," Konerko said.
"I feel for him," Guillen added. "This guy has been working so hard the last couple of years to be on the mound."
His first four starts went well as he posted a 3.24 ERA and held opponents to a .226 average. However, he allowed six runs to Detroit in the fourth after the play on which he said he felt the groin injury. For the season, he's 2-1 with a 4.66 ERA.
"I'm not going to DL him if he can still pitch," Guillen said. "But I'm not going to pitch him if he can't. I'm waiting for him to see how he feels."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Being Ozzie Guillen, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. Bradford Doolittle is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.