Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrletold ESPNChicago.com that his left shin bone is feeling much better after getting hit by a line drive off the bat of Cleveland Indians catcher Lou Marson on during the season opener on Monday.
"Honestly, I thought the leg was broken," Buehrle said. "Monday and Tuesday I could hardly move on it, but [trainers] Herm [Schneider] and Brian [Ball] did their magic with metal prongs. When Herm uses that, it hurts worse than the injury itself."
Rawlings will present Buehrle with his first Gold Glove on Saturday. "That's something I've wanted to get since Day 1 when I started in the big leagues," Buehrle said. "I take pride in fielding the position and doing whatever I can to get guys out. For a personal goal, that's as high up there as I can think of. Most things are based on team results in this game, but a Gold Glove is something you personally can enjoy because you're fielding your position well."
Juan Pierre was relegated to designated hitter duties on Thursday and had his first hit of the season. Pierre might have to get used to the position because of manager Ozzie Guillen's rotation of his five outfielders. "I respect whatever decision he makes on the lineup," Pierre said. "That's one thing I've learned in this game, you can only control what you can control. That's how I prepare to play. I go out there, play my game and leave it at that." Pierre, a centerfielder for most of his career, replaced Manny Ramirez in left field with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season during Ramirez's 50-game suspension after testing positive performance-enhancing drugs. Asked if the DH would affect his at-bats, Pierre said: "No excuses in this game. You just go out there and get the job done, it's that simple."
Yes, the hot water was back on working in the home clubhouse at U.S. Cellular Field on Thursday.