White Sox manager Robin Ventura said there are no plans to skip 23-year-old left-handed starters Chris Sale and Jose Quintana for upcoming starts even though both are in uncharted territory for innings pitched.
With Thursday's off day, a rotation that is going through a subpar stretch gets an extra day of rest. Sale pitches Saturday against the Royals and in the Tigers four-game series finale at U.S. Cellular Field next Thursday.
Quintana has had two short outings in a row. Sale has lost three of his last four starts. Quintana doesn't look tired, Ventura said, he's just not commanding his pitches and has walked 11 over his last four starts (17 2/3 innings).
"You keep going,'' Ventura said before Wednesday afternoon's game against the Minnesota Twins. "Even the guys who have been around. I think you look at what guys do. You could have guys go out there and not get it done one time. But a young guy you immediately go to 'he's young.' So we'll have to keep going. That's the team we are. We just can't pick someone off another team and think that's going to be better. It just doesn't happen. ''
The Washington Nationals are sticking to their plan of shutting down Stephen Strasburg soon, even though they are a postseason team. Ventura was annoyed by a question about Strasburg
"I'm more concerned about our conversation with what we're doing with Chris than what they're doing over there,'' he said.
As for extended rest for Sale or anybody else, Ventura said, "We're passed that point of giving guys chunks of time. Probably more an extra day more than anything -- a day or two, not skipping two starts or anything like that."