TORONTO – White Sox manager Robin Ventura stated Saturday what might have already been obvious in examining the club's situation at closer.
"We don't really have one," Ventura said. "We're going to use whoever we need to use depending on the situation, matchups, usage, whatever it is. We're just at a point where we're going to use who we think is going to fit best in that spot."
The title was stripped from Ronald Belisario on Friday night after he allowed two runs in the ninth inning, prompting Ventura to pull him. The Sox held on for a 5-4 victory, but Ventura had seen enough to promise changes.
A little more than a month after original closer Matt Lindstrom suffered an ankle injury that needed surgery, Ventura said he will pull from a pool of "everybody" in the bullpen to make it through the ninth inning. Sox general manager Rick Hahn had suggested to the media earlier in the week that Ventura should consider doing so.
"We were at a point where we thought Beli would be able to do it, and it didn't work," Ventura said. "So at this point, we're going to use who we think we need to use to win that night, and who's the best option that night. In the future, if we end up having somebody who emerges or we get on the roster, it will be different, but right now that's what we're doing."
Ventura acknowledged that some relievers prefer to know what roles they will be filling ahead of time.
"I'm sure they do," Ventura said. "But the role is, you come in and get some outs."
Sox reliever Jake Petricka earned his second save in a big way Friday night by recording the final two outs, including inducing a groundout to end the game with a runner on third to shut down a keyed up Rogers Centre crowd.
"In those situations, you kind of just get taken into the moment," Petricka said. "You don't have a chance to get nervous because it's already there. You just perform. (The crowd) makes it fun. That's why we play the game, for when crowds get energized like that. It's always nice if it's at home with the crowd behind us, but sometimes you have to fight the crowd too."
Petricka said he doesn't know if he will receive more ninth-inning opportunities.
"I don't know what their plan is," Petricka said. "But whenever they call me to throw, I'll go out there, whether it's the sixth or the ninth. It's the same game."
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