NEW YORK - White Sox manager Robin Ventura was hoping closer Addison Reed would be needed for a third straight game Tuesday.
"The way we've been playing he hasn't had that many in a row,'' Ventura said Tuesday. "We hope he has that ability. We want him to have that ability. I think he does. I hope we get to try it out.''
Reed, who pitched three straight days only twice during his rookie season in 2012, said he's more equipped to handle that type of load this year. He racked up saves on consecutive days April 24-26 and would even go four in a row, if needed, he said. Last year, that might not have been possible.
"Factoring into that is I've been doing a lot more cardio,'' Reed said before Tuesday night's game against the Mets. "Last year was my first full season and I didn't know what I need to do to get my arm ready and keep it fresh. This year I'm doing more cardio. If I pitch two days in a row, I up cardio after the game or before the next game. Three days, I up it even more. That has helped me tremendously.''
Reed, who has converted 11 of 12 opportunities, said there's no rhyme or reason to next-day soreness.
"There are some games when I throw one inning and my arm will be sore the next day,'' he said. "Sometimes I pitch back-to-back and it's fine. It's a weird thing.
"It's such an unnatural movement, throwing overhand. It's going to be sore. You pitch with soreness but when it's hurt and you pitch through it, that's when you get injuries. If my arm ever feels any different than soreness I'll tell them maybe I need a day off. Everything has been fine this year and hopefully it will feel this way all year.''