CLEVELAND -- One slightly sarcastic postgame question for Ozzie Guillen following Saturday's postponement of the White Sox contest against the Indians at Progressive Field drew a sharp reaction from the manager like a personal clap of thunder.
Saturday's cancellation is expected to be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader during the White Sox final road series of the season from Sept. 20-22 in Cleveland. The White Sox also have a day-night doubleheader with the Twins at Target Field on Sept. 5. Guillen stressed how doubleheaders are easier in the final month because of September roster expansion, leading one reporter to quip about Dayan Viciedo being in the White Sox starting lineup by that point.
Guillen calmly and directly presented his response.
"Well if Viciedo is going to be the White Sox savior, we will be in deep [trouble]. And you can quote me on that," Guillen said. "We're in deep [trouble] if we wait for a Triple-A kid to come here and be the savior."
Viciedo wasn't in rainy Cleveland on Saturday, so he missed out on a two-hour rain delay before the game was called in the midst of a second round of storms. The White Sox have an off-day on Monday, Sept. 19, in between three-game sets in Kansas City and Cleveland, but the Indians already have a makeup game against the Mariners scheduled for that day.
Edwin Jackson moves back one day to pitch on Sunday, with Cleveland ace Justin Masterson getting the nod for the Indians and left-hander David Huff being skipped. Masterson beat the White Sox during the season's opening series at Progressive Field.
The White Sox rotation at home against Detroit remains unknown, according to pitching coach Don Cooper. Moving every starter back one day would leave Philip Humber, Mark Buehrle and Jake Peavy to face the Tigers, but also would give John Danks eight days off in between starts factoring in Thursday's scheduled off-day.
One option the White Sox could explore is giving Peavy a few extra days of rest and flip-flopping him with Danks, leaving Peavy to open a weekend set at home against the Red Sox on Friday.
"We are not sure, but right now, we are going to play it by ear," Cooper said. "Heck, it could rain tomorrow. Edwin goes tomorrow and then some time tomorrow we will figure out what changes, if any, after that.
"You know what, listen, we'll do what we have to do. We haven't skipped a beat in any way so far. I don't know what the record is or all the other numbers. I think it has been good. We'll just have to deal with another day. I don't think it's going to be a problem."
As for Viciedo, his only crime on Saturday was to go 1-for-3 with two runs scored in Triple-A Charlotte's 7-4 victory over Louisville in support of starting pitcher Doug Davis. Viciedo has a .307 average, 16 homers and 64 RBIs, and his impending callup has been the source of debate both inside and outside the White Sox organization since early June.
"Can he help? Yes," said Guillen. "Is he going to be the savior? I like the talent we have here."