There haven’t been many days off for Paul Konerko or Gordon Beckham lately, but that will change on Monday afternoon.
Both veterans are out of the White Sox lineup for Monday’s series opener against the Cleveland Indians, the team’s third straight daytime start. Manager Robin Ventura said the odd run of three straight day games is part of the reason the pair won’t play. Konerko has started on eight straight days and Beckham has started 10 straight days dating back to the team’s May 15 day off.
“It’s weird,” Ventura said. “Playing a lot of day games in a row isn’t all that easy when you’re used to playing night games. Spring training you get used to it because that’s all you’re doing, but once you get the season started, you’re playing a lot of night games. You get these and it becomes, I don’t know if it’s difficult, but you see guys get a little more tired quicker than they normally would for a night game.
Rookie Marcus Semien will start in Beckham’s place and hit second. Cleanup man Dayan Viciedo slides over from the outfield to designated hitter and Moises Sierra will bat ninth and play in right field.