Covering all the bases

Covering all the bases

Posted by scotgreg on Mon, 05/16/2011 - 17:36
The White Sox are back in town and the sun is shining on U.S. Cellular Field this afternoon. Unfortunately, the winds are howling and it feels like late winter down on the field. Hey, at least it's not raining. Here is some pregame news and notes: -Mark Teahen is still out with an oblique strain, but it looks like he's going to avoid going on the disabled list. Teahen told Ozzie he's feeling good enough to pinch-hit tonight if needed. -The Sox' six-man rotation is still in play, but don't expect it to last into June. The White Sox are in the midst of 20 straight games, and they are also working Jake Peavy back into the mix. The six-man kind of makes sense right now, but the Sox have four off days in June and Ozzie said one of the current starters is likely to be moved to the bullpen. It won't be Peavy and it won't be Mark Buehrle. It could be John Danks or Gavin Floyd, but it still looks like the surprising Phil Humber (3-3, 3.18 ERA) is going to be the odd-man out. -Juan Pierre is in the lineup tonight in the customary leadoff spot. How long is that going to last? Pierre is having a miserable season in every facet of the game. Offensively, he is batting .138 in his last 7 games and .196 over the last 26. He also hit into 2 double plays at Oakland Sunday, and Pierre is batting .242 overall. Ozzie said Pierre is tough enough mentally to get back on his game, but the clock is ticking. If Pierre doesn't start producing on this seven-game homestand, Ozzie said 44-year-old Omar Vizquel is likely to bat first. -Two minor-league notes of interest: Dayan Viciedo is on quite a roll with Class AAA Charlotte. The converted right fielder is batting .418 in May with 2 home runs and 19 RBI in 14 games. Overall, Viciedo is batting .315 with 5 HR and 32 RBI. He is ready to join, and help, the White Sox, but where? Maybe he can replace Pierre in left field. Class AA Birmingham center fielder Justin Greene was named Southern League player of the week after batting .435. Greene, drafted by the Sox on the 20th round in 2008, also had 5 doubles, a triple, home run and 9 RBI. The 6-foot, 185-pound prospect resides in Goose Creek, S.C. Gotta love that. Here are tonight's lineups: WHITE SOX Pierre - LF Ramirez - SS Dunn - DH Konerko - 1B Quentin - RF Pierzynski - C Rios - CF Vizquel - 3B Beckham - 2B Jackson - RHP RANGERS Chavez - RF Andrus - SS Kinsler - 2B Young - DH Beltre - 3B Murphy - LF Torrealba - C Davis - 1B Gentry - CF Lewis - RHP
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