Addison Reed is tied for the team lead in saves with four. (David Banks/Getty Images)
Before Wednesday night's game against the Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura officially named rookie righthander Addison Reed as the team's closer. Reed has recorded the Pale Hose's last four saves but the team had not officially anointed him until now.
"He's earned that," Ventura said, according to Scott Powers of ESPNChicago.com. "I feel comfortable with him in there. That's who we'd be using if we're winning. Some nights he's up at 98 [mph], some nights it's 96, but still pretty good. Even when you'd look at him and think he doesn't have it, he's got it."
Reed was the team's third-round pick in 2010 out of San Diego State. He made his major league debut last September and saw action in six games.
The Sox began the season with Hector Santiago at the back of the bullpen, and even used starter Chris Sale in the role for one game. Matt Thornton also has a save this season.