05/04/11 1:00 AM ET
Guillen still giving Pierre the green light
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
"I can't change Juan," Guillen said. "Juan is a veteran player, and he knows what he's doing.
"His legs don't respond the way he wants right now. Maybe with this weather, he's kind of stiff a little bit. We'll wait to see later how he's doing. He's a smart player, and he knows what he has to do to get better."
Pierre had 68 stolen bases during his first year with the White Sox and was caught 18 times.
Even with Peavy, Humber could stay in rotation
CHICAGO -- The return of a healthy Jake Peavy could dictate an interesting change in the White Sox rotation as soon as their upcoming nine-game West Coast road trip.
Peavy's return was thought to have meant a move to the bullpen for Philip Humber, who would be aligned with Peavy if the veteran right-hander is somewhat limited by an early pitch count. But with his 3.06 ERA and .189 opponents' average against, Humber has been the most consistent starter through the season's first five weeks.
So the possibility exists for Humber to stay in the rotation even with Peavy back.
"I think the way Humber is throwing ... I mean, this kid deserves all the opportunity we can give him," said manager Ozzie Guillen when asked about the six-man rotation prior to Tuesday's series opener with the Twins. "He's throwing very well. We'll wait and see how that works.
"We talk about it, the six-man [rotation], and we have different ideas. We see the good and the bad. We'll try and figure out the thing that is the best for the ballclub -- best for the pitchers, that's most important. We're still in the air. We have to wait and see."
Thursday's Minor League rehab start for Peavy in Toledo, Ohio, puts him pretty much as close as he has been to a Major League return since beginning his comeback from a torn lat muscle, an injury sustained last July. If Peavy comes away healthy and looks as impressive as he did during the last three innings of his most recent start, as mentioned by general manager Ken Williams, then he should rejoin the team in Seattle.
Peavy could pitch on regular rest on Tuesday in Anaheim, giving the starters extra rest when factoring in the off-day on May 12. No other off-days exist for the White Sox in May, and the use of a six-man rotation could keep everyone fresh for a planned September push.
"Really, I don't think it's going to change much," Guillen said. "Maybe the guy is going to have one more day to rest, but we might do it. I like the idea, because I think I [can] give more rest to the guys like [Mark] Buehrle. Mostly Buehrle.
"And the last couple of years, [Gavin] Floyd, at the end of the season, he was a little banged up. We'll give those guys, Peavy, more rest. I don't mind doing that."
Guillen doesn't think the bullpen will have extra pressure with one man removed, as a starter could be moved to relief for one day.
"You can play around a little bit," he said.
Sale to fix flaws in mechanics
CHICAGO -- Through a review of video with pitching coach Don Cooper and bullpen coach Juan Nieves on Tuesday, Chris Sale found flaws in mechanics that he needs to change in order to improve his overall performance.
"[There are] just a couple of minor things early on in my delivery that are affecting the outcome of my pitch," Sale said. "I have to pinpoint those things and get right back on them.
"I'm going to do everything I can to get back to where I was and where I need to be. Just keeping a level head and staying positive. Just moving on from all the stuff that happened in the past."
Sale burst on to the scene in 2010 after being selected 13th overall by the White Sox in the First-Year Player Draft, posting a 1.93 ERA over 21 games. But with lefties hitting .313 against him and holding a 12.60 ERA at home this season, Sale has found his first taste of "real adversity" as a professional.
No dent has been put in his confidence, though, despite a 7.15 ERA over 11 games.
"I'm surrounded by unbelievable guys in this clubhouse that are constantly picking me up, talking with me and helping me out, giving me their viewpoints," he said. "We have a great group of guys here, and I'm looking forward to keep working with these guys and getting better.
"It will be there, but it's going to take some time. I have to work on it. I'm anxious to get back out there and get back to where I need to be."
Twins, White Sox share early misery
CHICAGO -- Manager Ozzie Guillen doesn't plan to commiserate with Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire, his good friend, over the slow start by two of the preseason American League Central favorites.
Time should heal all early wounds, according to Guillen.
"At least he's got some people hurt, I don't," said Guillen with a laugh. "At least Gardy has some excuse. I don't have any excuse.
"We're not playing well. I know it's kind of a surprise in baseball that these two teams are where they are right now. We'll wait in July to see where we are, see how that happens, how that plays out. We will figure it out. They will figure it out."
Guillen is careful, though, about the Twins, who are as good of a second-half team as Major League Baseball has to offer.
Third to first
Francisco Liriano's performance in Tuesday's 1-0 win marked the first time the White Sox were no-hit by the Twins.
Edwin Jackson fell to 0-4 with a 7.30 ERA in his last four starts.
Juan Pierre has reached base in eight of his last 13 plate appearances, with six walks and two hits.
The White Sox are 2-11 in their last 13 against the Twins and 6-23 in their last 29. They have a 2-12 mark vs. Minnesota over the last 14 played in Chicago.