07/10/11 6:17 PM ET
Floyd to start second-half's six-man rotation
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
Those three hurlers tentatively will be followed by Mark Buehrle, Philip Humber and John Danks in Kansas City, depending on how Danks performs during his two injury rehab starts this week. With an off-day before starting an ensuing series in Cleveland, the team could adjust its starters, but if successful, this six-man rotation could be a White Sox staple for the rest of the season.
To date, the six-man setup has produced a 16-11 record with a 4.26 ERA but will have the starters rested and ready for the stretch run.
"Listen, if it's going good, we're probably going to leave it," White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said. "If it's not, if somebody's not taking care of their business individually, then we'll look into it.
"But until there's a reason to look into it, I'm not. As you can see, we're going with six right out of the gate, but we'll see how things go."
Detroit will get a look at three right-handers in Comerica Park, with the White Sox using two southpaws against the Royals. The matchups aren't considered as important with Cooper and the team feeling confident in all six of the hurlers.
"We feel good about anybody going out there," Cooper said. "I know the six-man rotation has worked fairly well. Right now, that's kind of the plan."
Castro placed on DL; Flowers recalled
CHICAGO -- Ramon Castro was placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to Sunday's first-half finale with a fractured right hand and index finger. Castro was injured during the eighth inning of Saturday's victory, when a Mark Buehrle fastball tipped off his glove and hit his throwing hand flush on an Alexi Casilla bunt attempt.
Catcher Tyler Flowers was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte, after hitting .261 with 15 home runs, 32 RBIs and eight doubles in 65 games. He ranked third in the International League with a .390 on-base percentage and had a .354 average with 15 RBIs in his last 17 games.
"It has definitely progressed over the course of the year," said Flowers of his showing on offense, adding that he has done away with a leg kick in his at-bats. "It's not where I want to be. But we finished the last week doing well.
"Just adding new pieces to it, trying to get the foundation better. We established that the first couple months and kept adding to it. I'm feeling pretty good right now."
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen doesn't plan to use A.J. Pierzynski any extra with the reliable Castro out of action, so Flowers should be ready for a couple of starts per week. With only two catchers on the roster, Guillen doesn't foresee using Flowers at designated hitter against left-handed pitchers, even with left-handed-hitting Adam Dunn having just two hits in 63 at-bats against southpaws.
"All of a sudden, something happens on the field [and] I'm going to lose him, and I don't want to take that risk," Guillen said. "I never did that with any catcher and I never well."
Danks has positive injury rehab
CHICAGO -- John Danks wasn't worried about the results as much as the process during his three-inning injury rehab effort for Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday.
Danks gave up two solo home runs over three innings against Gwinnett, striking out two and walking one, while throwing 31 of his 44 pitches for strikes. The southpaw felt no pain from his strained right oblique, which has had him on the disabled list since June 26.
"I didn't feel it one time. It was hot, too. That's good," Danks told a pool reporter after his start. "I can get out in heat. I let it loose a few times. I feel I'm over that mental hurdle."
Next up for Danks, who temporarily is playing with his brother Jordan at Charlotte, will be a start on Friday in Charlotte against Louisville. If all goes well, Danks will return to the White Sox rotation for the second series after the All-Star break in Kansas City.
Flowers high on Viciedo's defense, bat
CHICAGO -- Any player who makes an injury rehab appearance with Triple-A Charlotte, such as Jake Peavy, or has played for the Knights usually gets hit with the same question upon arriving in Chicago. What was their opinion of Dayan Viciedo?
Tyler Flowers, called up on Sunday to replace the injured Ramon Castro, offered up resounding praise for his teammate.
"He looks ready. He looks good," Flowers said. "His defense has really progressed since spring. First time I saw him in spring, he was a little shaky. You saw by the end of spring he got a lot better quickly, and he's been very good out there."
Viciedo is hitting .325 with 24 doubles, 16 homers and 62 RBIs, and hit cleanup for the World Team in Sunday's XM All-Star Futures Game. In talking with Viciedo recently, Flowers doesn't sense a feeling of frustration in the right-handed slugger having not been promoted.
"I really respect a guy for not being too frustrated about it," Flowers said. "Obviously, he wants to be here. But he's still working hard at getting better.
"He's been impressive to watch the past few years, honestly. One of my favorite guys to be around."
Ozzie praises Jeter's style of play, milestone
CHICAGO -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has never hidden his high level of respect for Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, and that praise became even more effusive after Jeter reached 3,000 career hits on Saturday.
"Baseball God. Who is better than that guy? Five hits, game-winning RBI," said Guillen with a smile. "It's too bad I don't have a daughter. I would push her to marry him."
Guillen praised Jeter for having former teammate Gerald Williams in his family's suite watching Saturday's historic event, showing the White Sox manager that Jeter hasn't forgotten his friends or who helped him when he first came up to the Majors. He also was moved by Jorge Posada's hug once Jeter crossed home plate on his home run, with Guillen pointing out that the two have played together "for 100 years."
"What can I say about that man? When he's done and Mr. Selig steps out, we have the next Commissioner," Guillen said. "That's how much I love that guy. Everyone in baseball should respect him. Played the game right and played the game the way people should play. He represent this game very well."
Third to first
Jake Peavy's strikeout of Drew Butera to end the second inning of Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Twins marked No. 1,500 in his career. Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett threw out one of Sunday's first pitches. A.J. Pierzynski is hitting .336 in his last 39 games. Gordon Beckham is hitting .371 in his last 11. Keenyn Walker, the team's top pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, had two hits and two RBIs in his first two games for Great Falls.