Thus far, the left-hander is living up to his manager’s biggest hopes.
Schoeneweis will try for his sixth win of the season when the White Sox continue a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.
Used mainly as a reliever over the previous three seasons, Schoeneweis was Guillen’s choice to fill out the White Sox rotation during the spring. The 30-year-old veteran has responded by going 5-2 with a 3.64 ERA in 10 starts.
On Sunday, Schoeneweis rebounded from his first loss since April 8 by beating his former team in an 11-2 rout of Anaheim. He surrendered two runs and five hits over seven innings, striking out four and walking one.
“I really just tried to concentrate on treating it like any other game because I knew there would be some emotions there pitching against the team I played for my entire career up until last year,” said Schoeneweis, traded by the Angels to the White Sox during last season.
The White Sox found out Friday that slugging outfielder Magglio Ordonez would be out for at least a month with a knee injury. The AL Central leaders responded with a 4-2 victory in the series opener as Frank Thomas belted a go-ahead two-run homer to give Chicago its first win in June after consecutive losses.
Guillen said he’s counting on players such as Thomas and Carlos Lee to pick up the slack.
“They know when you play as a team and you miss the best hitter we got, they know they have to step up to cover the hole,” Guillen said. “I think we’ve got enough offense here to do it.”
The struggling Mariners, who have lost three in a row, also got some bad news Friday.
Raul Ibanez, Seattle’s left fielder and cleanup hitter, was placed on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring, and is expected to miss about a month.