CHICAGO -- It’s getting to the point that you can’t spot a White Sox player without trying to figure out his latest injury.
Jeff Keppinger was not in the starting lineup Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays because of back spasms and Dewayne Wise was a late scratch because of a sore neck. The White Sox were already without starters Gordon Beckham (hand) and Dayan Viciedo (side), who are on the disabled list.
For a franchise that has used the least number of DL days over the past decade, it’s as if injuries are catching up to them all at once.
“I don’t know if it’s snake bit,” manager Robin Ventura said. “Injuries happen and we’ve had a couple of them that are unfortunate with Gordon and Sanchez and Viciedo. But again, teams deal with injuries and you keep going. Just put another guy in there and go. You have to find a way.”
Tyler Greene and Jordan Danks, who weren’t even with the team when the season started less than four weeks ago, were both getting starts Friday. Add to that third baseman Conor Gillaspie, who wasn’t with the club at the start of spring training.
Keppinger’s injury first cropped up in Friday night’s game. It’s bad timing since he was starting to put things together after a hot start, collecting two hits in each of the last three games.
“That’s why you have extra guys and you get them in there and play and make do,” Ventura said. “There’s no sense sending him out there if he’s not feeling good.”
The White Sox did not feel concerned the Keppinger injury might be long term. In fact, after some treatment, the hope was that he would be available in the late innings Friday, if necessary.
The White Sox’s complete lineup against Tampa Bay right-hander Roberto Hernandez:
Alejandro De Aza, LF
Alex Rios, RF
Adam Dunn, DH
Paul Konerko, 1B
Alexei Ramirez, SS
Jordan Danks, CF
Jake Peavy is the starting pitcher.