No more deals for Sox, but GM Ken Williams always ready
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN email@example.com July 31, 2012 9:54PM
Francisco Liriano yielded two runs and four hits, struck out eight and walked four in six innings in his first start Tuesday for the White Sox. | AP
SOX AT TWINS
The facts: 12:10 p.m., CSN,
The starters: Jake Peavy (8-7, 3.15 ERA) vs. Scott Diamond (9-4, 2.88).
Updated: September 2, 2012 6:24AM
MINNEAPOLIS — The trades for third baseman Kevin Youkilis on June 24, reliever Brett Myers on July 21 and left-handed starter Francisco Liriano on Saturday will have to suffice for White Sox general manager Ken Williams.
With no glaring hole in the Sox’ lineup and six starters on the pitching staff, Williams wasn’t pressed to make a deal at the non-waiver trade deadline Tuesday. Not that he wasn’t geared up for one.
‘‘You keep pushing, pushing and pushing, and you forget some things have come about,’’ Williams said of the trades he already had made. ‘‘But here it is at the deadline, and your adrenaline is flowing. You always want to make that impact move.’’
While exploring possibilities of upgrading the rotation and strengthening the bench, Williams also looked into something bigger, such as a blockbuster trade for Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez .
‘‘You never really know how close you are to anything because there are so many balls in the air,’’ Williams said. ‘‘There were some interesting discussions. but nothing close.
‘‘We’ve given it all we have and exhausted ourselves in the quest to make us as good as we can be. We have to be satisfied with that. Hopefully that’s enough, and hopefully the players see that.’’
The Sox spent their 62nd day of the season in first place in the American League Central.
‘‘We’re in a good situation,’’ Williams said. ‘‘We’ve addressed a number of holes we had. At the same time, we have a young nucleus mixed in with veterans. We feel good about the whole situation.’’
Sale to start Tuesday
Manager Robin Ventura said left-hander Chris Sale, who missed a start because of a tired arm, is scheduled to pitch Tuesday against the Kansas City Royals at U.S. Cellular Field. Sale (12-3, 2.61 ERA), who has allowed five runs in each of his last two starts, will have had 10 days off when he takes the mound.
The rotation remains fluid, with the addition of Liriano giving Ventura six starters to work with. The probables for the home series against the Los Angeles Angels are Philip Humber against Zack Greinke on Friday, Gavin Floyd against Ervin Santana on Saturday and Jose Quintana against Dan Haren on Sunday.
The extra rest should benefit the starters down the stretch.
‘‘If we win this thing, it’s because we’re good enough,’’ pitching coach Don Cooper said. ‘‘And if we don’t get in, it’s not going to be because we’re tired. I’ll go on record as saying that right now.’’
On the mend
Reliever Brian Bruney (hip) worked a scoreless inning in
his rehab assignment with
Class AAA Charlotte. Third baseman Brent Morel (back) is 5-for-24 with two RBI on his rehab stint for Charlotte.
Asked if and when Morel might return, Williams said: ‘‘There isn’t any roster space for him right now. Let it play out, and when we have to make a decision, we make a decision.’’