Having five quality starting pitchers is a luxury enjoyed by few, if any, major-league teams.
That includes the White Sox.
Mark Buehrle is a solid ace, Gavin Floyd and John Danks remain two of the brighter young arms in the game and Jose Contreras has been strong since coming back from Class AAA Charlotte.
The No. 5 spot is still a concern for the Sox, and it's becoming a huge headache.
Pitching on three days' rest against the Indians Thursday afternoon at the Cell, Clayton Richard was lifted with no outs in the second inning after yielding a leadoff single to Ryan Garko, walking Jamey Carroll and Ben Francisco and then serving up a grand slam to Cleveland's No. 9 hitter, Kelly Shoppach, who was batting .196.
Richard allowed 6 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks over 1 inning, raising his ERA from 4.75 to 5.42.
Over his last 5 starts, Richard has pitched 18 innings and given up 21 earned runs on 28 hits and 6 walks.
Rookie left-hander Aaron Poreda is anxious to move from the White Sox' bullpen to the rotation. Poreda's not stretched out enough to start right now, according to the Sox, but he has got to be an option to replace Richard.