Guillen: Strasburg 'very special'

Updated: June 18, 2010, 1:20 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

Ozzie Guillen is a fan of Stephen Strasburg's, but that doesn't mean the Chicago White Sox manager is excited about facing the Washington Nationals' new ace on Friday night.

"I think this kid is unique," Guillen said. "I think he's something very special. To be excited to face him? No. I think he's a good pitcher. But meanwhile I think the excitement back in Washington is great. I think baseball is very excited about this kid.

"We're looking forward to see him, we're looking forward to go to the new park and looking forward to continuing playing the way we're playing right now."

Strasburg, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2009 draft, struck out 14 in his debut June 8, and followed that up with an eight-strikeout, five-walk victory Sunday against the Cleveland Indians.

Strasburg, 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA, will face Gavin Floyd, who is coming off his best start of the season after taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

"His off-speed pitches is what has got baseball talking," White Sox hitting coach Greg Walker said Friday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "We just left Pittsburgh, and they've seen him, and they just went on and on about his curveball and his changeup."

Guillen said the hype of facing Strasburg won't affect Floyd.

"Gavin, he don't care. You know what, I hope Gavin is 0 for 4 against him. That's my hope," Guillen said. "Gavin will be 0 for 4 against him and Gavin pitches the same way he pitched last outing. Because if Gavin is 0-for-4 or 0-for-3, that's a pretty good ballgame. The last guy that's got to worry about him is the pitcher. The hitters have got to worry about him."

The White Sox won't have to worry as much about Jake Peavy, who will start Saturday after an MRI exam revealed no structural damage.

Peavy was scheduled to start Thursday against the Pirates but was bumped back after complaining of a tired shoulder.

"[Peavy] said he feels great. He feels like he could have started [Thursday]," Guillen said."But I think when you're a gamer and you like to get on the field, you want to be there no matter what.

"But to me, it's my job to make sure that guy's out there every day. We don't want to take a risk and then in three days talk about the issue. Thank God, it's nothing serious. It's just soreness or whatever he had and I'm glad we're going to give him just a couple of days."

Peavy beat the Cubs on June 11, allowing two runs in seven innings.

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