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White Sox rotation could go from six to four

Aug 9, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

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Five appears to be an unlucky number for the White Sox.  While they’ve recently gone back to a six-man rotation with Zach Stewart up, they’re considering dropping down to a four-man rotation with three off-days coming up in the second half of the month.

“It has been on my mind the last couple of days. I’m not sure,” pitching coach Don Cooper said. “With [Mark] Buehrle pitching as well as he has, you are tempted to say, ‘Let’s run him out there.’

“Again, it is what it is right now. We are going to look into it. Get the hottest guys out there.”

Stewart’s start Friday will likely be his last for awhile regardless, but if the White Sox go to a four-man rotation, then Philip Humber could also be bumped to the pen.  Humber, one of the year’s most pleasant surprises, has lost each of his last four starts, giving up 18 runs over 20 1/3 innings in the process.  His ERA has climbed from 2.69 to 3.56 during the span, and he’s now just 8-8 for the year.

Humber’s exit would temporarily leave the White Sox with a rotation of Buehrle, Gavin Floyd, John Danks and Jake Peavy.

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