Konerko sits again; Rios stews

Konerko sits again; Rios stews

Posted by scotgreg on Sat, 06/04/2011 - 16:55
Looks like the nasty weather is gradually passing through, so the White Sox' 6:10 p.m. game against the Tigers should get started on time. Some pregame stuff: -Paul Konerko is going to miss his second straight game after having a procedure to flush a bone fragment out of a joint in his left wrist. It's nothing serious, but Konerko still has some soreness from having two needles stuck in his wrist. Ozzie said Konerko is also likely to sit out Sunday's game. "I don't expect him to play tomorrow," Ozzie said. "If he comes out and says he's ready to play, that's a plus." -It's been a tough season for Alex Rios, and his frustration reached a boiling point during Friday night's win over Detroit. After yet another miserable at-bat, Rios took his anger out on a Gatorade cooler in the Sox' dugout. Saturday afternoon, he was called into Ozzie's office. "I talked to him about it," Ozzie said. "I never criticized my players for making outs, for being mad. I criticize my players by bad at-bats and bad body language. And the body language he had last night wasn't the best one for us. Rios is a tremendous ballplayer. He can contribute a lot. And we discuss it in a nice way. "I understand. I was a player before. Sooner or later, you are going to go through it. Hopefully last night is the only day he shows me that. He's very frustrated he can't help us. "It's my responsibility when you are on the field, but it's also my responsibility for your body language. Your teammates see you with your head down and very frustrated, that's not going to work. We promise each other it's the last time we talk about it." -Jesse Crain missed Friday's game for personal reasons, and he was supposed to be gone Saturday and possibly a few more days. But Crain was in the White Sox' clubhouse about 2 hours before Saturday's game and he talked to Ozzie. The relief pitcher appears to be available tonight, but Ozzie said he's rather not use Crain. Tonight's lineups: WHITE SOX Pierre - LF Ramirez - SS Quentin - DH Pierzynski - C Rios - CF Lillibridge - RF Dunn - 1B Beckham - 2B Morel - 3B Jackson - RHP TIGERS Jackson - CF Kelly - 3B Boesch - RF Cabrera - 1B Martinez - DH Dirks - LF Peralta - SS Avila - C Raburn - 2B Verlander - RHP
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