Reinforcements on the way for banged-up Sox


Reinforcements on the way for banged-up Sox

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."

How to watch, stream White Sox vs. Yankees

How to watch, stream White Sox vs. Yankees

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Last-place White Sox ready to trade, but only if the right offer arises

Last-place White Sox ready to trade, but only if the right offer arises

That the White Sox lost their fourth consecutive game doesn’t change the big picture plans of the franchise, which probably — but not definitely — will involve making at least one trade before the end of July.

Before the White Sox lost, 6-5, to the New York Yankees Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field, general manager Rick Hahn met with the media and delivered the same message he’s had since trading away Chris Sale and Adam Eaton in December. The White Sox are open for business, and would like to make a number of moves to further bolster their farm system, but won’t make a trade if they don’t receive what they view to be a fair return.

“Would I be surprised (if we didn’t make a trade)? No, because I try not to be surprised by the dynamics of this market,” Hahn said. “Would I be mildly disappointed? Sure. We are here to try to improve this club.

“We feel we have certain first and desirable players that would help other clubs and may fit better on their competitive windows then they do on ours right now. And we intend to be active each day in trying to further accomplish what we set out to do a year ago at this time.

“But do we have to do it? No. That would be using an artificial spot on the calendar to force decision-making. That would be the last thing we need to do. We need to take a long term view of what we are trying to accomplish.”

Hahn didn’t name names, but Todd Frazier, Melky Cabrera, David Robertson could be short-term fixes for contending clubs. Jose Quintana, who will start Tuesday against the Yankees, remains the team’s most valuable trade chip despite a 4.69 ERA that sits over run higher than his career average.

Frazier homered Monday and entered the game hitting .262/.351/.524 since Memorial Day. Cabrera similarly has found success after a slow start, slashing a healthy .324/.375/.482 in his previous 34 games before picking up two hits in four at-bats Monday. And Robertson, who’s been linked to the relief-starved Washington Nationals for months, has 41 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings with 11 saves.

“We want to be able to do as much as we can in our power to get this team to where it needs to be,” Hahn said. “Yes, there’s an element of competitiveness involved in that. There’s an element of patience involved in that. But at the end of the day, we have to — we get paid to be prudent in our decision making. We have to make the right decision.”

In the meantime, the White Sox looked the part of a rebuilding team with the worst record in the American League on Monday. Starter David Holmberg struggled, allowing six runs on five hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings — but only two of those runs were earned thanks to errors by Holmberg, Frazier and Matt Davidson.

As the Yankees took advantage of those miscues with three runs in both the fourth and sixth innings, Jordan Montgomery retired nine consecutive White Sox batters and went on to cruise with eight strikeouts over seven innings. The White Sox – as they’ve done quite a bit this year – still showed fight late, battling back in the ninth inning.

Tim Anderson ripped a three-run home run in the ninth inning off Yankees left-hander Chasen Shreve to bring the White Sox within two. Joe Girardi quickly turned to Aroldis Chapman, who allowed a run when Jose Abreu doubled home Melky Cabrera. But the tying run was stranded on second when Avisail Garcia grounded out and Frazier flew out to end the game.