Alexei Ramirez can’t determine why he has struggled so much in the field this season, so he plans to do the only thing he can: move on.
The White Sox shortstop addressed the media on Tuesday, two days after his 12th error of the season allowed the tying and winning runs to score in a 7-6 loss to the Kansas City Royals.
Ramirez has been hard on himself this season and often can be found in the clubhouse after losses with his head in his hands. Sunday was no exception, as Ramirez declined to comment after he informed the team translator he was dealing with a lot. But Ramirez said he has to move past his mistakes in order to focus on the games ahead.
“It is difficult for anybody who does it, but especially for me because I care about the team and I take things very seriously,” Ramirez said. “It is difficult but there’s nothing I can do about it now. Just learn from that and concentrate on what comes next and that’s what I’m going to do.”
White Sox manager Robin Ventura thinks Ramirez has handled his struggles as well as possible. Both he and second baseman Gordon Beckham defended Sunday’s error, citing a rock-hard infield and a well struck ball by Kansas City’s Alcides Escobar. Ventura continues to have confidence in Ramirez as well.
“He’s a good shortstop,” Ventura said. “He’s going to be playing every day. His focus and everything, as long as that’s there, he’s going to be playing. He’s handled it fine. He’s put it behind him, and comes back ready to play the next day.”
As for what he sees, Ventura believes Ramirez only has tiny issues to clean up as evidenced by the stellar plays he continues to deliver.
“There comes a time where maybe come and get (the ball) instead of sitting back,” Ventura said. “Those are minor things. Errors happen. But he’s talented enough to be better at it. Guys are going to make errors every once in a while. He’s done a good job of putting things behind him and just being refocusing. He’s our shortstop. That’s for sure.”
Konerko out of lineup
Paul Konerko is out of the lineup Tuesday night with a sore back as the White Sox face Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler. Though he has been restricted to the designated hitter role at times with a sore back earlier this season, Konerko has only missed time previously with a sore neck. Ventura said Konerko was fine on Sunday and informed him of the issue earlier in the day.
Ventura hopes Konerko, who is hitting .253 with seven homers and 30 RBIs in 66 games, is available to pinch hit.
“It’s just tight,” Ventura said. “He’s trying to work it out right now. … This one is just recent. He wasn’t feeling it in Kansas City. I think it’s something that just popped up.”
More activity for Peavy?
Jake Peavy hopes to play catch this week and ramp up his rehab from a fractured left rib. Peavy has been on the disabled list for almost three weeks and is expected to be out four-to-six weeks total.
“I feel good,” Peavy said. “I'm about to head back and hopefully start trying to play some catch here this week and hopefully accelerate the process into bullpens next week. We'll see where we're at.”
Peavy also said his event to raise money for cancer awareness on Sunday was perhaps the most successful he has run to date.
“We had a great turnout,” Peavy said. “We had a lot of fun and a lot of touching stories came out of it as well. It was amazing the people around the community, the White Sox support, my friends. It was an amazing night.”