A slumping Chicago White Sox offense will get a new look during Saturday night’s interleague game at Arizona.
With the White Sox facing left-hander Zach Duke, manager Ozzie Guillen found the right time to mix up the status quo.
Moving into the No. 2 spot in the lineup for the first time is rookie Brent Morel. Guillen had talked about possibly making Morel a No. 2 hitter one day, but hadn’t found the right occasion until now. Alexei Ramirez, Gordon Beckham and Omar Vizquel have been the only No. 2 hitters the White Sox have used this season.
Morel still lacks the plate discipline of a classic No. 2 hitter (he only has one walk in 49 games played), but he has shown improvement at the plate over the last month, raising his batting average from .187 to .250.
Ramirez, who has a hit in eight of his last nine games but just two RBIs over that stretch, will move down to the No. 5 spot as A.J. Pierzynski gets the night off. Ramon Castro will catch and bat seventh.
Heading into Saturday’s game, the White Sox had scored just two runs since Sunday. After a day off (Monday), they were rained out (Tuesday), shut out (Thursday) and scored just one run in their other two games.
The White Sox’s complete lineup for Saturday’s game against Duke and the Diamondbacks: Lillibridge LF, Morel 3B, Carlos Quentin RF, Paul Konerko 1B, Ramirez SS, Alex Rios CF, Castro C, Beckham 2B and John Danks P.