Originally Posted by cards press box
If Danks and Crain are both starting the season on the DL, then perhaps the Sox should put both Axelrod and Santiago in the bullpen and sign a pitcher to be the 5th starter until Danks increases his arm strength and is ready to start. Santiago can provide the Sox with long relief and Axelrod could cover some of the relief innings that Crain would normally pitch.
Who could the Sox sign as a 5th starter? One possible candidate is Jon Garland
, as Seattle is not prepared to give him a starting slot and Garland apparently will opt out of his contract with the Mariners.
More than likely, the White Sox wouldn't be attractive to Garland. He's looking for an opportunity to get into a rotation and stay there. That just wouldn't be a good fit for either side.
The Sox will get by with Axelrod, and if they need to replace him while Danks is getting ready, we have some other options - Castro, Rienzo, Molina, or even Santiago.