10/02/10 12:23 AM ET
Sale to spend winter preparing for rotation
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
"I'll know how to train my body," Sale said. "[White Sox director of conditioning Allen Thomas] is going to help with a good workout regimen for the offseason. I'll follow it step-by-step and show up at Spring Training ready to go."
Sale won't be throwing in the Arizona Fall League and has no plan for Winter League action abroad. The 21-year-old has a two-week break in his future to let his arm and body recover before getting after it, this time as a potential piece of a sturdy starting rotation.
"That would be exciting, awesome," Sale said. "It would be my ultimate goal going into the offseason."
"As long as he's healthy and on the team, I'm very happy about it," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen of Sale, who could serve as starter's insurance to allow Jake Peavy to recover at his own pace from surgery to repair a detached latissimus dorsi in his right posterior shoulder. "I don't care if he's a starter or reliever, as long as he's here."
Jenks feels healthy with future unclear
CHICAGO -- A simulated game thrown by Bobby Jenks on Friday has the White Sox closer feeling ready to pitch at some point this weekend against the Indians.
Even if Jenks doesn't get the chance to take the mound, the right-hander at least feels completely healthy after being sidelined by ulnar neuritis since finishing off both games of a doubleheader sweep on Sept. 4 in Boston.
"Health-wise, 100 percent," said Jenks, who threw somewhere around 30 pitches with batting practice pitcher Kevin Hickey in the batter's box. "Obviously still a little rusty [from] being off the mound. But the stuff was there.
"Whether I get into a game now is up to them. In my heart and in my head, I know I'm going into the offseason healthy. I didn't finish the season, but I finished the season healthy."
If he doesn't pitch this weekend, Jenks would conclude the 2010 campaign with a 4.44 ERA in 55 games. It would stands as the highest ERA in six seasons as the White Sox closer, while his 27 saves would be the lowest total he recorded in five full seasons.
Being an arbitration-eligible hurler, earning $7.5 million this season, Jenks becomes a potential non-tender candidate. His desire is to stay with the White Sox, calling Chicago his home.
Manager Ozzie Guillen could throw Jenks out one more time to give him a curtain call of sorts before the White Sox home crowd, if this weekend is his last with the team. Then again, Guillen made it clear on Friday that Jenks would pitch only if the situation dictated.
"I'm not going to put Bobby in just to see how he is," Guillen said. "To be honest with you, it's too late now. I would love to do that. But in the meanwhile, it would have to be the perfect time to do it."
"Whatever happens, whether I'm in a game or not, I can't complain about anything anymore," said Jenks, who fanned 61 in 52 2/3 innings.
Guillen not planning for Sunday farewell
CHICAGO -- Ozzie Guillen would like Paul Konerko to pick up the one home run needs to reach 40 for the 2010 season. But it sounds as if the White Sox manager has planned to rest his captain and American League Most Valuable candidate for most of the weekend.
Guillen could change his mind with Konerko, or with catcher A.J. Pierzynski, for that matter, during Saturday's night game against the Indians or Sunday's afternoon season finale. Guillen wouldn't make that move, though, with the notion that this weekend could be their last with the White Sox as free agency approaches.
"In my heart, I don't want it to be the last one and I don't expect it to be the last one," Guillen said. "In the business, it's up in the air.
"I'm going to make the lineup like they are coming back. I expect all those guys to be coming back. Maybe when we talk at the Winter Meetings, they aren't here. When I make the lineup Sunday, everyone in the lineup I expect to come back. That's how I look at it. I expect to see them again, and then you get hurt a little less."
Guillen believes the season's end will be emotional because of the ups and downs of the past 162 games.
"At least for me," Guillen said. "I know how I'm going to feel on that day with all we went through this year.
"Most of the time, you can't wait until the season is over to get out of here and relax or I can't wait until the playoffs start. But I don't know how we are going to handle it."
White Sox to have new look for 2011?
CHICAGO -- Bobby Jenks, Paul Konerko, A.J. Pierzynski and Freddy Garcia, four of the five remaining players from the 2005 World Series champions, are just a handful of veterans who the White Sox will have to make important calls on in regard to 2011 and beyond. There's a chance the team could have a decidedly new look to this year's second-place finishers in the American League Central.
"It's going to be a weird offseason, I know that for sure," said Jenks, the only arbitration-eligible player of the quartet mentioned. "A lot of these guys, we've been a core for a lot of years now. Next year, who knows what's going to happen?
"I'd love to be here, but if it's just me and [Mark] Buehrle left, it's going to be weird looking around the clubhouse. I've been here since the spring of '05 and all the guys I've seen coming in and out, to have the main core broken up would be kind of tough to see."
Third to first
The White Sox bullpen established a single-season franchise record for strikeouts at 439, surpassing the 2009 mark of 435. ... Dayan Viciedo is 7-for-13 with five RBIs since snapping an 0-for-16 streak on Sept. 17 against Detroit. He also drew his second walk this season in Friday's 7-3 loss to Cleveland. ... The White Sox three-game winning streak overall and four-game streak against the Indians came to an end Friday. ... The White Sox are 2-11 in their last 13 games against the American League Central.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.