TORONTO -- Chris Beck is in, Carlos Rodon is back and Hector Noesi may not be gone for long.
That’s the status of the White Sox rotation as manager Robin Ventura announced Beck would start the second game of a doubleheader Thursday while Rodon makes his next turn on Friday. Ventura also offered that Noesi, who was hurt by his defense in a 110-pitch effort on Monday, could get another start next week but is headed back to the bullpen for now.
“It’s a possibility (Noesi) would get another start somewhere in the next week, but as of right now, how it goes, he would be ready to go again probably Friday or Saturday,” Ventura said.
In an effort to reduce Rodon’s workload, Noesi started in his stead on Monday. When he pitches again on Friday in Houston, it will have been nine days since Rodon’s last turn on May 20. The White Sox hope to keep Rodon’s 2015 inning total in check, though they haven’t stated a magic number. The belief is they’d like to limit their rookie left-hander to 150-160 innings.
With Chris Sale starting the opener on Thursday in Baltimore, the White Sox have elected to turn to Beck for Game 2. They will call him up as their 26th man -- something they also did on May 9 vs. Cincinnati. But unlike that game, when Beck warmed up in the bullpen, this time he’ll appear.
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Beck, the No. 12 prospect in the organization according to MLB.com, is 3-2 with a 3.30 ERA in eight starts at Triple-A Charlotte this season.
“We got good reports on him,” Ventura said. “You might as well see what he’s got. We’ve gotten great reports on him, so we feel it’s a good time for him to come up and start and start that process.
“Control-wise he’s done great. When you start trying to figure out who’s going to throw that game, and you get reports on guys who are in the minor leagues and you see stuff, he’s been throwing as good as anybody. What he did in spring, as well as what he’s done now, you give him this opportunity.”