White Sox Gillaspie hopes rest helps sore hand heal

White Sox Gillaspie hopes rest helps sore hand heal
April 26, 2014, 5:30 pm
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Conor Gillaspie won’t test his sore left hand for much of the next week.

The White Sox third baseman is changing the course of his treatment after the team placed him on the 15-day disabled list Saturday retroactive to Tuesday with a left-hand contusion.

The White Sox activated reliever Hector Noesi, whom they claimed on Friday, in Gillaspie’s stead. Gillaspie, who is the sixth White Sox player currently on the DL, said his hand has bothered him for 2-3 weeks.

For now he plans to rest his hand for 5-6 days and hopes to be ready when he’s eligible to come off the DL on May 7.

I’m not going to swing until (the pain is) gone,” Gillaspie said. “I’m hoping it’s only five or six days and then hopefully it never brought up again or there’s no more issues. I’ve been kind of battling this now for two or three weeks and it’s just… I’m not good enough to go through a whole season fighting my hand. I’m just not that good. I think it’s the best decision and I think down the road you look back and say hopefully we’ve got enough hitters now and we have guys playing well, so hopefully it’s not a burden on anybody and we can move on come the seventh.”

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Gillaspie has played a role in the team’s early success.

He has a .302/.347/.413 slash line with 12 RBIs in 72 plate appearances. But Gillaspie said the fat pad on his left hand stayed sore as the result of constantly getting jammed with pitches. Because the White Sox can slide Marcus Semien over to third base from second, manager Robin Ventura feels comfortable giving him time off.

Gillaspie joins Chris Sale, Felipe Paulino, Nate Jones, Jeff Keppinger and Avisail Garcia on the DL.

“It just got to appoint where you want to make sure you get him 100 percent,” Ventura said. “It just seemed like the more he was trying to fight through it, you’re just going to end up down this road a week later if it happened again, so it’s just trying to get him right first and then let him back in the lineup.”