Postgame thoughts after the White Sox fell to the Mariners 6-4 Monday night:
*When Alex Rios debuts for the Sox (probably Wednesday night), look for Ozzie to really start shuffling the lineup.
Rios is probably going to play a lot, and he should.
After claiming Rios off waivers, GM Kenny Williams told reporters in Seattle the current outfield can use some time off.
Left fielder Carlos Quentin had a nice game against the Mariners with 2 doubles and 2 RBI, but it still looks like he's in a lot of pain from the plantar faciitis in his left foot.
Or, is Quentin's knee causing the discomfort? Maybe it's both.
Center fielder Scott Podsednik has been logging heavy innings, and he could use a break since he plays the game at such a high energy level.
Then there's right fielder Jermaine Dye. He was 0-for-3 Monday and has 2 hits in his last 21 ABs (and 9 in his last 65).
*That deciding 2-run homer Seattle's Kenji Johjima hit in the sixth Monday? It was his first since May 25.
*Now that Rios is on the roster, there is going to be a lot of speculation about what happens when the season ends.
It's probably going to come down to the Sox keeping either Dye or Jim Thome, and letting the other walk.
The decision is not going to be easy, and you can bet Kenny is not looking forward to letting either of the classy veterans go.
*Wow, did the national media jump all over Ozzie's comments from Sunday or what?
The Sox had three players hit by pitches Saturday night against Cleveland, and Ozzie wasn't happy about it the following morning:
“I know it's not on purpose,” he said. “If I see somebody hitting my players and I know it's on purpose, two guys are going down. I don't care if I get suspended, I don't care. With Cleveland, they hit (three) guys. Not on purpose, but somebody can get hurt out there.
“I know for a fact they're not throwing at anybody, but enough is enough. I've got (Paul) Konerko whose got bruises all over the place. Around the league, be careful because we're going to hit people. I don't care if they suspend me because I have to protect my players.”
Ozzie's not going to get suspended, but he is probably facing a fine.
And that's OK with the outspoken skipper, because he feels like he is protecting, and respecting, his players by speaking out.
*Finally, this is from the AP in Seattle:
Monday afternoon, GM Kenny Williams got a ticket for jaywalking by the Seattle Police Department.
Williams was cited outside Safeco Field for illegally crossing a street away from a crosswalk. The GM was on his cell phone after exiting a cab and was on his way into the stadium hours before his team's game against the Mariners when a traffic-control officer nabbed him and wrote a $56 ticket.
Williams had just completed a waiver claim that brought Rios to the Sox.
Williams tried to tell the officer people in Chicago cross streets anywhere. He said the officer told him, not in Seattle.