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posted: 7/16/2012 10:23 PM

No worries about Guillen's return to Chicago

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  • How long White Sox starter Gavin Floyd will be out of action may figure into whether the Sox need to find another starter or look to bolster the bullpen. Chris Rongey isn't sure if the Sox will be able to do both.

      How long White Sox starter Gavin Floyd will be out of action may figure into whether the Sox need to find another starter or look to bolster the bullpen. Chris Rongey isn't sure if the Sox will be able to do both.
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Q. How will Ozzie Guillen be received when he returns to Chicago to play the Cubs? What do you expect from him, and will he stay out of White Sox business?

A. It's probably not fair to assess the reaction he'll get at Wrigley Field because, well, he'll be at Wrigley Field. I can't imagine there will be all that many White Sox fans in attendance at a Cubs game, unless they're true Ozzie Guillen (or Mark Buehrle) fans.

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At this moment in time, I think if Ozzie were to return to U.S. Cellular Field as an opposing manager, the reaction would be mixed as there are still a large number of Ozzie supporters as well as a number of people that seem to be rubbed the wrong way by the end of his tenure here. Both are fair feelings to have.

Ultimately, though, Ozzie will be remembered fondly in Chicago. Whether or not it was mostly his doing, his team brought a World Series championship to this city for the first time in almost 90 years. That should mean something.

Actually, it should mean quite a bit to those that were so starved for it. In almost every case, starved for an entire lifetime.

When it comes to Ozzie, opinions vary. I like the guy. I think he's a better-hearted person than people realize , and he knows baseball as well as anyone you'll ever meet.

Plus, he's different. He's funny. I miss the pregame Ozzie forums. There aren't many people like him.

I imagine he'll answer any Sox team-related questions he's asked, and I suppose he'll answer them as diplomatically as possible. He spent the majority of his baseball days in this city, and it still means a lot to him.

I'd be surprised if Ozzie went on some sort of White Sox-blasting diatribe. There's no reason for it.

Now, onto White Sox business:

Q. With John Danks already on the DL and Gavin Floyd feeling some arm soreness, what happens with the rotation now?

A. It's gotten a bit tenuous, hasn't it? If the Floyd situation becomes a lengthy one, it certainly changes my idea of what I'd like to see happen before the trade deadline.

For a while, I've been of the mindset that the Sox could definitely use some veteran assistance in the bullpen, with everyone but Matt Thornton being of limited experience.

While that sentiment has not changed, the delicate condition of the starting rotation is some cause for concern and may, indeed, induce some sort of trade activity.

I'm not sure how likely, or even possible, it is for the White Sox to address both needs simultaneously, but they're definitely measuring every option.

The question now is this: how willing should the White Sox be to sacrifice pieces of their future for the present?

Maybe I'm unreasonable, but the longer this season goes on, the more I think they should go for it as best they can.

With the right addition or two, this season's finish just might get real.

It could very well be their best chance in a long time.

• Chris Rongey is the host of the White Sox pregame and postgame shows on WSCR 670-AM The Score. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisRongey and at Subscriber Total Access members can email him questions each week via our online link.

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