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White Sox rotation not yet set for Cleveland series

CHICAGO -- Rookie Hector Santiago looks to be the man opening the White Sox three-game road set in Cleveland on Monday night, following fellow rookie Jose Quintana, who starts in Sunday's home finale. But manager Robin Ventura still would not confirm a three-game rotation as of Saturday afternoon.

"We have to get through the next couple of days," Ventura said. "We have a lot of choices, I know that."

Jake Peavy and Gavin Floyd would be available to work on regular rest for Tuesday and Wednesday's games, although the White Sox could turn to Francisco Liriano and try to play on the Indians' weakness against left-handed starters. If the White Sox slip out of contention, Dylan Axelrod and/or Philip Humber also could get a look.

White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper told earlier this week that Chris Sale, the first-year starter who worked Saturday, would not be coming back Wednesday on three days' rest, even if the team needed a win. Ventura said Saturday there certainly would be hesitation to use him in that situation.

"You would hesitate because you have to see what he does today and how it goes," Ventura said. "The mentality of what I know of these guys is everybody will want to pitch."