It has become increasingly evident that rookie Addison Reed will be the White Sox closer sooner rather than later. Before Wednesday's game against the Twins, manager Robin Ventura made it official.
"Yeah. I'll say that,'' Ventura said before the Sox played the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field. "He's earned that and I feel comfortable putting him in there.''
Aside from a six-run blowup against the Royals, Reed has been unscored on in every outing. He has four saves in four opportunities since May 5, including one on Friday against the Cubs, and he pitched the ninth inning in Sunday's win against the Cubs in a non-save situation. Reed has 17 strikeouts and has not allowed a home run in 13 1/3 innings.
"Some nights he's up to 98 [miles per hour] and some nights he's 96, but he's still pretty good,'' Ventura said. "Even when you'd look at him and think he didn't have it, he's got it.''
There were those who thought Reed could have been the closer out of spring training, but left-hander Hector Santiago was given the job. Reed, a closer in college, took it in stride and said he was happy to pitch any time, any place.
"He could have been [ready in early April],'' Ventura said. "The way it worked out, I think it's going to be better for him in the long run.''
It's a job Reed has always wanted.
"I don't think he cares,'' Ventura said. "I think he just wants the ball and pitches. From spring training on every time you hand him the ball he's not overwhelmed by any situation.''