Reinforcements on the way for banged-up Sox

Reinforcements on the way for banged-up Sox
May 20, 2012, 5:30 pm
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Paul Konerko probably won't play Sunday, as swelling around his left eye remains bad enough that he can't completely see out of it. The White Sox captain, who was hit in the face by Jeff Samardzija offering on Friday, was seen roaming the cramped visitor's clubhouse at Wrigley Field with an ice pack over his eye prior to Sunday's game.

"He would probably want to," manager Robin Ventura laughed when asked if Konerko was available to pinch hit Sunday. "He's gonna try and go take swings to see what it looks like. You just don't want to put a guy out there that can't fully see. There's enough swelling above his eye that he can't fully see. He can do everything physically, you just don't want to put him out there in that situation."

Tuesday's contest against Minnesota will likely mark Konerko's return to the lineup. It also could be Orlando Hudson's debut with the White Sox.

While there has been no official confirmation from the team, Ventura answered questions about Hudson's role with the White Sox, so it appears the signing of the 34-year-old infielder is a go.

"Probably fill him in," Ventura said of Hudson's place on the team. "It depends if Brent Morel's on the DL, then we're going to have to mix in guys at third base and back up second, use him like that."

Hudson hasn't played third base in his major-league career, but he did come up through Toronto's farm system there. So he won't displace Beckham at second base, and Ventura also added Hudson will probably hit lower in the order unless he's subbing in for Beckham.

"I would say Gordon's probably going to stay where he's at," Ventura summed up.

The White Sox have yet to add Hudson to their roster, though, because Morel has yet to be placed on the disabled list. Despite a large ice wrap around his waist, Morel was still listed on the White Sox lineup card as "available" off the bench.

Until Morel hits the shelf, the White Sox won't have room on their 25-man roster for Hudson. Morel hasn't played since May 17, so a 15-day disabled list stint would be retroactive to May 18, meaning he wouldn't be eligible to come off the DL until early June.

Provided Morel does come off the disabled list then, the Sox may be forced to send utilityman Eduardo Escobar to Triple-A. While Morel has a paltry .420 OPS this season, Escobar's OPS is only .424 entering Sunday, and Morel may have the excuse of not being completely healthy for some of his offensive struggles.

Hudson, though, joins the White Sox after hitting .211 with a .260 on-base percentage and .317 slugging percentage in 35 games with San Diego. While his offensive numbers may be lagging this season, he brings a lot more than his bat to a team.

"He plays hard, plays good defense, good at-bats," explained Ventura. "And there are a lot of guys who like playing with him."