CHICAGO -- Remember the hoopla surrounding Ozzie Guillen's entrance into the world of Twitter? Well, the White Sox manager doesn't seem to have the same affection for the resource as he did in Spring Training.
"I'm tired of Twitter. It's boring," said Guillen with a laugh. "I don't have time for that. My wife is in town. I have to take my dogs out every day."
Guillen has Tweeted just four times since June 28, with two centering on his bad golf game.
White Sox could start Hudson on Sunday
CHICAGO -- Any official word concerning Sunday's rotation replacement for Jake Peavy probably won't come from the White Sox until after Saturday night's contest.
But with Dan Hudson removed Wednesday from the United States roster as part of Sunday's All-Star Futures Game in Anaheim, it's safe to speculate the right-hander will get the call. Jeff Marquez was called up Tuesday to replace Peavy, who could face season-ending surgery for a detached right latissimus dorsi muscle, but Marquez serves more as relief insurance for a bullpen taxed to 7 1/3 innings in Tuesday's victory.
White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper would not engage in starter talk concerning the team's final game of the first half, which also will mark the first time one of the team's main five starters hasn't taken the mound.
"I have no idea, so it's not safe for me to say. You guys deal in a different reality than I do," said Cooper, when asked about Hudson being the odds-on favorite to start Sunday against the Royals. "Again, I'm going with what we got.
"Right now, Marquez is here. We have an open date on Sunday, and I can tell you we'll fill that hole and play nine innings."
Hudson, 23, stands as possibly the top prospect in the entire White Sox system, and he certainly qualifies as the organization's No. 1 Minor League hurler. The right-hander has an 11-4 record with a 3.47 ERA for Triple-A Charlotte this season, including a 7-2 record and 2.64 ERA over his past 10 starts.
There's a chance general manager Ken Williams could put a starting pitcher on his trade radar, with a left-handed-hitting run producer seemingly serving as his present focus, and the White Sox could go with a starter-by-committee out of the bullpen on Sunday with the All-Star break beginning Monday. But Hudson would have the confidence of the team if he was to fill out the rotation for the remainder of 2010, even on a playoff contender.
In fact, it was Peavy who directly talked to Hudson during Spring Training about being ready to help the Major League team at any point in this 2010 campaign.
"Yes, I do have confidence in him," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "How will he pitch? I don't know. I do have a lot of confidence in him to do this job.
"He's going to pitch one game. If you are a bad fifth starter, you are a bad fifth starter when the first, second, third and fourth starters are bad. When they are pitching well, the fifth starter can be the guy who gives you innings and gives your team an opportunity to win."
Quentin scratched for second straight day
CHICAGO -- Ozzie Guillen's original lineup for Wednesday's contest had Carlos Quentin serving as the team's designated hitter. Quentin was scratched from Tuesday's game with soreness in his left knee, and Guillen had decided not to play him in the field for the next few days.
Now, Quentin might not be back in action until this weekend's series with the Royals. Quentin was scratched again Wednesday, with Brent Lillibridge moving to the designated-hitter spot and Gordon Beckham entering the lineup at second base.
"He could have played but he wasn't the way we wanted him to play," said Guillen. "He could have run a little bit, but if I put Carlos there having a day game tomorrow and he gets worse, then I'm not doing my job.
"It's the best idea for us to keep Carlos out of the lineup today and tomorrow to make sure he's 100 percent, not 100 percent, but to give him better time to recover," Guillen said.
Lillibridge has six hits in his past 12 at-bats and was in the lineup for a fourth straight game.
"I hope he stays with the same game, taking advantage of his legs," said Guillen.
White Sox call up Marquez to help 'pen
CHICAGO -- The acquisition of Jeff Marquez from the Yankees as part of the Nick Swisher deal in November 2008 brought about quick references to Jon Garland because of the sink on Marquez's pitches. But the right-hander never lived up to the early plaudits and dropped down the list of possible help for the White Sox when his 2009 campaign was shortened by elbow problems.
Marquez never lost hope, though, turning in a solid effort this past Spring Training and building off that momentum with a 7-4 record in 17 starts for Triple-A Charlotte this season. On Wednesday, Marquez received his first big league opportunity, replacing Jake Peavy on the active roster.
Although Marquez has worked almost exclusively as a starter, he's ready for relief work in the next few days.
"I've done it before," said Marquez. "I pitched as a starter my whole life, but again I pitched out of the bullpen. This is no new boundary.
"I just got the call last night. They said you are going to come up here for a couple of days, two or three days, and pitch out of the bullpen. As far as I know, that's the goal right now."
Dan Hudson most likely will replace Marquez on the active roster when Peavy's next start comes around Sunday. But Marquez is just taking in the present good feeling of getting to the Majors.
"It's unfortunate with Jake and whatever the injury might be, but it is a good feeling to be up here," Marquez said. "This is what we strive for as a ballplayer our whole lives.
"Getting up here is half the battle and the next battle is staying. Whether I'm going to be here for a couple of days or stay longer, that's up in the air."
Third to first
On the way in from the players' parking lot before Wednesday's contest, long reliever Tony Pena offered up his starting services to Ozzie Guillen for Sunday's contest. Pena pitched 4 1/3 innings in relief of the injured Jake Peavy on Tuesday. "I want to keep my bullpen the way it is," Guillen said. "He understands what is happening. At least you have someone step up and say, 'You need someone, I'm here.' He stepped it up last night and asked for another inning before we asked him for it." ... Juan Pierre has reached base safely in 23 of his past 24 games. ... J.J. Putz entered Wednesday's contest with the longest active scoreless-innings streak in baseball at 21.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.