Today begins a quirky scheduling week for the White Sox.
It starts with a two-game series against Detroit at U.S. Cellular Field, which completes a five-game homestand. After an afternoon game Tuesday, the Sox head for a two-game series in California against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Then its back to Chicago for the crosstown series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. That series starts Friday afternoon, giving the Sox three day games this week.
I dont (remember ever having a schedule like this), but again, I dont make it, manager Robin Ventura said. It is odd that you fly out to the West Coast and come right back and have a day game. But I think everybody will be all right.
Ventura said Fridays probable starter Philip Humber wont make the trip to California. Its possible John Danks, who starts tonight against Detroit, also will stay home. Danks is expected to start Saturday night against the Cubs.
Its definitely not ideal, but we just have to deal with it, Paul Konerko said. This is one of those weeks where you have to strap it in there and just get to that off day. We have an off day (next) Monday, so we can let it hang out all this week and give it everything we have. We can get our rest Monday.
Adding to the scheduling oddities is this weekends NATO Summit, which is being held Sunday and Monday. Security measures for the summit have already begun as the city braces for protesters and NATO officials.
Road closures and heightened Metra and CTA security could pose huge traffic issues across Chicago. That wont be an issue for at least one White Sox player, though.
Good for me I live closer (to Wrigley) so I might be on foot the whole time, Konerko said. I think I can stay on side streets and alleys, and not have to deal with it.