The White Sox are uncertain of when James Shields’ next start will be.
Shields, who allowed three homers and five earned runs in 2 1/3 innings against the Minnesota Twins on Saturday, experienced some back tightness. After being checked out by the trainer in the third inning, he remained in the game.
"We’re continuing to get treatment on that and pin down a little bit more if he’s going to be able to go out there and it’s not going to bother him," manager Robin Ventura said on Monday.
Shields said he "wasn't feeling too hot" before the game, but was "fine" once the game started going.
When Ventura was asked what level of frustration Shields is at right now, he thinks it's high up there, especially for a guy who's been searching for consistency all year.
"A guy that has pitched this long and has done as well as he has, it can be pretty high," Ventura said. "But again, he puts it behind him, he comes in, he works, he does all the things that you would expect a guy that’s a pro to do.
"He doesn’t come in and hide and not talk to guys and stay to himself. He’s still working hard, and he has the confidence to be able to overcome all of it."
Ventura also didn’t rule out the potential of shutting Shields down for the season.
"He’s working hard to get everything healthy and feel good and be ready to go."
In 17 starts for the White Sox this season, Shields is 3-10 with a 7.50 ERA with 40 walks and 48 strikeouts.
With Miguel Gonzalez returning from the disabled list on Tuesday, if Shields isn’t ready to go for his next start, Ventura said that Anthony Ranaudo would likely get take the hill.
"We’ve got to get a better handle on what’s going on with James," Ventura said. "If we need (Ranaudo) to keep going, he’s going to keep going.
"Right now, until we get a better idea of what’s going on with James and if he can go his next time, that’s where we’re at."