MINNEAPOLIS -- The six-man rotation is no longer just a plan.
With their young starters in need of a break, the White Sox announced Wednesday morning they have employed a six-man rotation -- for now.
Manager Robin Ventura officially set his rotation for the next six games: Philip Humber, Gavin Floyd and Francisco Liriano will face the Los Angeles Angels, Ventura said.
Jake Peavy will pitch on Monday against Kansas City and Chris Sale and Jose Quintana will follow.
I had to write it down, Ventura joked.
The team has emphasized the importance of extra rest for Sale and Quintana, both of whom will soar past their career highs for innings pitched this season.
Sales average fastball velocity was down two miles per hour in his last start on Friday as he battled a dead-arm situation. Sale said he is healthy but will get 10 days off in between starts.
Quintana has allowed eight earned runs in his past 13 13 innings, including four in the first inning Monday. The left-hander finished Mondays start strong and completed seven innings, but will get an eight-day break.
Liriano and Peavy will pitch on regular rest.
When you have six guys you can kind of push it around this way because you do have the flexibility, Ventura. With the two young guys, youre trying to take care of them and give them the best opportunity when they go out there. You make sure theyre healthy and competitive when they go out there and have every bit of ammo when they pitch.
With some of baseball's top pitching talent in the White Sox system, who better to talk about them than longtime White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper? Coop gives us the goods on Michael Kopech, Alec Hansen, Reynaldo Lopez, Dylan Cease, Joakim Soria and many others. He reveals the adjustment Lucas Giolito made last season that changed everything for the young right-hander, the one White Sox pitcher he thinks will make a big jump in 2018, and explains why he thinks the White Sox could surprise people in 2018.
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The White Sox rebuild is in full swing. While it might still be a year or two before the big league team is expected to start competing for championships, the minor leagues are stocked with highly touted talent fans will be eagerly following in 2018. With that in mind, it's time to Meet the Prospects and get to know the future of the South Side.
Vieira, the 24-year-old right-handed hurler, has just one inning of big league ball under his belt.
A native of Brazil, Vieira made his major league debut last season for the Seattle Mariners, pitching one scorless inning — and striking out one batter — in an Aug. 14 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. He's since joined the White Sox rebuild, acquired in a November trade that sent international bonus slot money back to the Pacific Northwest.
In the minors last season, Vieira split time between Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Tacoma, combining for a 4.00 ERA in 54 innings of 41 appearances. He struck out 46 hitters and walked 22. In previous minor league seasons, he showed a good ability to strike out opposing hitters, posting a 10.8 K/9 with Class A Bakersfield in 2016.
As of their most recent rankings, MLB Pipeline had Vieira rated as the No. 20 prospect in the White Sox organization.
Get to know Vieira in the video above.