ARLINGTON, Texas -- The White Sox training staff is proud of a record that boasts the fewest days spent on the disabled list by players from 2002-11.
But whether it’s back spasms, broken hamate bones, flexor muscles or knees blowing up like a balloon, it feels as if the club has experienced any and every injury possible over a hellish first 26 games.
The latest casualties are Jake Peavy and Dewayne Wise, who were scratched from Thursday’s lineup with back spasms and a stiff neck, respectively.
Wise was a late scratch and was replaced by Casper Wells in the ninth spot in the lineup. Wells started in left field and leadoff man Alejandro De Aza slid over from left to center field.
Peavy has been replaced by Hector Santiago, who was supposed to start on Friday in the place of Gavin Floyd, one of six players currently on the disabled list.
From 2002-11, the White Sox totaled roughly 3,800 total days on the DL, more than 500 fewer than the next lowest team, the Houston Astros. By comparison, the Texas Rangers amassed nearly 9,000 DL days over the 10 seasons, according to Fangraphs.com.
Although he can’t recall any spate of injuries like the one the team is currently experiencing, White Sox veteran Paul Konerko said the team must play on.
“It’s just one of those things that happen to a lot of other teams a lot more than us so we can’t cry about it,” Konerko said. “We’ve been lucky as a team here so we just have to weather through the storm and try to come out on the other side with as many wins as we can.”
Outfielder Jordan Danks is one of a number of players who has been injured but hasn’t required a DL trip. That list also now includes Wise, Peavy and Jeff Keppinger, who was sidelined four games with back spasms.
Danks has a left knee contusion he sustained when he slammed into the outfield wall at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday. Though hobbled, Danks was in the lineup on Tuesday but was a late scratch when his knee began to fill with fluid.
Danks said he hasn’t had his knee drained yet but has seen improvement and hopes to be considered playable by Friday in Kansas City.
“There’s no pain at all,” Danks said. “Really it’s just kind of range of motion. We tried to drain it yesterday and the stuff in there was too thick to drain. But the swelling has gone down. It’s just whenever I’m ready to run again. .... Everything was fine. It was just bruised. I was in the lineup the (Tuesday) but I put in the hot tub because it was a little stiff and I looked down it started blowing up like a balloon. It scared me.”
Prospect Hawkins hurt too
The poor health hasn’t just been limited to the majors, either, as Courtney Hawkins is primed to become the second top-10 minor-league prospect to hit the disabled list this season.
The team’s first-round pick last June and the organization’s top prospect per Baseball America, Hawkins left Wednesday’s game with a left shoulder strain he suffered when diving for a ball in the outfield. Hawkins, who is hitting .177 with seven homers at Single-A Winston-Salem, is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Friday and will meet with team doctors in Chicago early next week.
Double-A outfielder Jared Mitchell is on the disabled list with a strained right oblique muscle.
Cold out there
The temperature at first pitch on Thursday was 44 degrees Fahrenheit, the third coldest ever at Rangers Ballpark. Only 24 hours earlier, the temperature was 81 degrees.
The team expects more cold weather when it arrives in Kansas City early Friday morning and its series opener with the Kansas City Royals appears to be in jeopardy.
The forecast in Kansas City calls for 38 and snow on Friday afternoon and 37 with rain and a 70 percent chance of snow at night.
“We are getting a heads up for tomorrow what’s going on in Kansas City right now,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “That one is probably in more doubt than (Thursday).”