DETROIT — Conor Gillaspie believes he’s best served to sit two games with a sore hand than to let it linger.
The White Sox third baseman said his left hand is sore after pitches have repeatedly been jammed him this season. The soreness is enough that Gillaspie, who is hitting .302 with seven doubles and 12 RBIs, said he can benefit from time off now rather than a disabled list trip later.
Gillaspie iced his left hand several hours before the game and later went to the cage to taking batting practice.
“If it was an important playoff game I’d probably suck it up and play but I really don’t want this nagging on all year,” Gillaspie said. “Any time you go out there thinking more about how something hurts than your job it’s kind of like, ‘I’m not really sure how much I can help tonight.’ I’m just trying to give it another day or two.”
Gillaspie said the soreness resides in the fat pad of his hand and it flares up whenever he gets jammed. He plans to wear padding when he returns to action even though it doesn’t provide him with comfort. Gillaspie hoped wearing batting gloves would offer him protection but it hasn’t.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Leury Garcia, who started Tuesday’s game, is likely to play on Wednesday, too. But Gillaspie downplayed the notion the injury would cost him serious time.
“There’s nothing serious,” Gillaspie said. “It’s one of those nagging things. I’ve been pretty fortunate throughout my career to be pretty healthy for the most part. If it means taking a day or two now as opposed to scuffling for 10 days straight and then going on the DL or something I don’t want that to happen. I’m just going to take it easy for a day or two and should be back pretty soon.”