CLEVELAND -- A new rule in Major League Baseball's Collective Bargaining Agreement permits clubs to carry 26 players on their roster for the day of a doubleheader. The White Sox took advantage of the new rule on Monday, calling up left-hander Jose Quintana from Double-A Birmingham.
"We need an extra body," manager Robin Ventura said before Game 1. "We're sitting here going back and forth between whether we need an extra pitcher. You go by what they're seeing in the Minor Leagues. We're playing Cleveland, so we know they're going to load up on a lot of lefties."
Cleveland fielded a starting lineup of seven lefties and two switch-hitters for Monday's first game, the fourth time in six games the Tribe has employed such an order. Quintana gave the White Sox five southpaws in their bullpen.
Quintana has compiled a 1-2 record and 3.06 ERA in six starts with the Barons.
"He'll be available to come in in any type of situation," Ventura said. "Just going by reports of what he's doing and how he's pitching, we had to have a guy from our 40-man come up and take that 26th spot."With Philip Humber working just 2 1/3 innings, Quintana was called on to eat some innings immediately. In his big league debut, Quintana tossed 5 2/3 shutout innings, allowing one hit, two walks and three strikeouts in the 8-6 Game 1 loss. After the nightcap, he was sent back to Birmingham.
Chicago also recalled left-handed pitcher Eric Stults from Triple-A Charlotte. He replaces Dylan Axelrod, who was optioned to Charlotte following Sunday's 3-1 loss to Detroit. Stults is 1-1 with a 2.20 ERA in five starts with the Knights.
"It would be nice for him to have a good showing," Ventura said of Stults. "From the reports we got, he's been pitching great."Stults, making his first appearance as a starter since Aug. 9, 2009, as a member of the Dodgers, worked six innings in the White Sox 3-2 loss during Monday's night portion of a split-doubleheader. The effort marked Stults' 25th career start.
Sale ready to contribute out of 'pen
CLEVELAND -- It took a slew of Spring Training starts for Chris Sale to build up the arm strength to make the transition from reliever to starter. His return to the bullpen should be a simpler switch.
Sale was available to pitch out of Chicago's 'pen on Monday against the Indians, six days after his fifth and, presumably, final start of the year. Sale posted a 3-1 record and 2.81 ERA in those five outings, but manager Robin Ventura elected to move Sale to the bullpen in what he deemed an organizational decision.
Sale doesn't appear too bothered by the role reversal.
"I like to use the phrase 'pitching is pitching,'" Sale said. "You still have to go out there and get outs, whether that's at the beginning, middle or end of the game."
Sale totaled 79 appearances in 2010 and '11, all out of the bullpen. He said he liked his time in the rotation, but doesn't have a preference on which role he assumes.
"I enjoyed starting," Sale said. "I thought the transition was going well. I guess we'll see."
Knowing he'll only be asked to pitch an inning or so each time he takes the mound, Sale can unleash his mid-to-high-90s fastball right away rather than pace himself. The 23-year-old admitted, however, that it might take some time to readjust to that style of pitching.
"I don't like to say anything in this game is easy to do," Sale said. "There are a lot of guys who might make it look easy, but at the end of the day, it's not. I'm just taking it day by day, and we'll see where we're at. But maybe the velocity will go up when I'm not throwing as many pitches. Velocity is nice, but it's not going to make or break you."
Cammarano named White Sox honorary bat girl
CLEVELAND -- Cori Cammarano was announced by Major League Baseball as the White Sox winner of the 2012 Honorary Bat Girl program, which recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrate a commitment for "Going to Bat" in the fight against the disease.
Each winner per Major League club, announced on Monday, will be recognized on the field at ballparks on Mother's Day, or on an alternate date for teams that are away on that day. Each winner was selected by a guest judging panel that includes MLB Players and celebrities in addition to fan votes cast on HonoraryBatGirl.com.
During MLB's annual Mother's Day national day of recognition, Cammarano will take part in pregame activities at U.S. Cellular Field, be honored during an on-field ceremony, and will receive pink MLB merchandise and two tickets to the game against the Royals. The Honorary Bat Girl Contest was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer initiative celebrated on Mother's Day.
Ventura OK with Fukudome's production
CLEVELAND -- Outfielder Kosuke Fukudome is hitting .182, but White Sox skipper Robin Ventura isn't concerned.
"At-bat wise, he looks fine," Ventura said. "Numbers don't always show how a guy is hitting. He's lined out a lot."
In 33 at-bats, Fukudome, who started both ends of Monday's doubleheader and went 1-for-5, has just five singles and a double. He has, however, drawn seven walks, making for a respectable .310 on-base percentage. Those numbers satisfy Ventura, considering the challenges Fukudome has faced in being relegated to a part-time role this season.
"He's a professional. He gets it," Ventura said. "In the role he's asked to play, he understands it."
Third to first
Nestor Molina, one of the White Sox top pitching prospects acquired in the offseason from Toronto for Sergio Santos, was promoted from Double-A Birmingham to Triple-A Charlotte. Molina allowed six runs on nine hits over four innings, including a home run from Audy Ciriaco and Ryan Strieby's grand slam, during Monday's 6-1 loss to Toledo. The White Sox were swept in a doubleheader by Cleveland for the first time since June 13, 1976. Brent Morel's run-scoring groundout in the fifth Monday night was his first RBI since April 20 at Seattle, ending a 12-game drought with at least one at-bat. Brent Lillibridge has struck out 15 times in 31 at-bats.
Zack Meisel is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.