The White Sox error-prone ways this season have been well-documented, and they reached another upsetting milestone in Friday night’s loss to the Royals.
The Sox committed their 71st error of the season, moving past last year’s total of 70, which ranked as the fewest in baseball. Entering Saturday night’s game, only six teams had committed more.
“I think it’s just kind of gotten contagious,” first baseman Paul Konerko said. “We certainly didn’t see it coming because we kind of have the same group of guys we did last year when we were not only good, we were one of the best.
“It just shows you with baseball you just never know. It’s why you’ve got to play them out. Definitely didn’t see that one coming with the defense, but again all you can do is put it behind you and try to be good from here on out. If it doesn’t go good tonight, we’ll be saying the same thing tomorrow. All you can do is just keep moving on to the next day and either get better or the season ends. Hopefully it’s the first one.”
Manager Robin Ventura was asked if the vastly different defensive performance was “perplexing.”
“It’s perplexing,” Ventura said. “There’s no other way to explain it.”
Beckham feeling good after first game back
Second baseman Gordon Beckham played in Friday’s loss after missing five straight games with a strained left wrist.
A day after his first day back, Beckham said he felt good.
“I feel fine, wrist feels OK,” Beckham said. “It felt better than I thought it would, more loose and stuff the better it is. It’s tough when I haven’t done a lot. Once it gets unstiff, I guess, it feels OK.
“It was fine. I wouldn’t have played if it still wasn’t ready. It was ready. I didn’t have much concern that it would feel bad. I obviously know my body. I knew the other day I couldn’t play. It was getting worse, so I had to take some time off. It definitely feels better, and we’ll go from there.”
When asked if the soreness is likely to flare up again, he said that it probably would.
“It’ll linger, I’m sure, for a couple weeks,” Beckham said. “The doctor said it would. Any time you sprain and you’re using it every day, there’s going to be some times where it’s not going to feel good. As long as it’s not pain and it’s just soreness, it’s something I feel like I can manage.”
Konerko not looking ahead
Multiple times this season, including Saturday, White Sox players have reiterated that they think they’re better than what their record shows.
If that’s the case and this season is just a perfect storm of things going wrong, could things turn around just as quickly next season?
That’s something Paul Konerko doesn’t want to discuss.
“I can’t speak for anybody else, but I don’t think I’m even thinking about next year as far as the way the team shakes up,” Konerko said. “I think everybody’s just trying to get through here. I don’t think it’s in our best interests to be looking ahead to anything. We’re having a hard enough time as it is.”