White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was not happy about having to play outfielder Carlos Quentin on Wednesday.
Originally, Quentin was slated to be benched for some R & R. He struggled at the plate Tuesday night, striking out three times. Following that showing, Guillen decided it was time for Quentin to have a few days off.
That plan changed when Andruw Jones reported to Guillen that he had a stiff neck and was unavailable for Wednesday’s game.
Guillen scrambled to change the lineup an hour before game time, reinserting the struggling Quentin. The results for Quentin weren’t any better than Tuesday; the rightfielder was 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
Guillen was asked if Jones will play on Friday.
“No,” he said. “I don’t know how his neck is feeling. He won’t play Friday. We’ll see how he is feeling Saturday.”
During his tenure as manager, Guillen’s rule of thumb is to keep a player out of the lineup one extra day if he pulls himself out with an injury.
John Danks gave up three runs on Wednesday. It’s the first time in seven starts this season the White Sox lefty has given up more than two runs in a game.
Centerfielder Alex Rios’ 12-game hitting streak ended Thursday. It was the longest active streak in baseball.
Juan Pierre stole two bases on Thursday. He leads the major leagues with 17 steals. Pierre also passed Roberto Alomar for sole possession of 40th place on the all-time stolen base list. He now has 476 career steals.
Since May 21, 2009, 13 of the 17 games the White Sox and twins have played have been decided by one or two runs.
Second baseman Gordon Beckham is hitting .083 with men in scoring position. As of Wednesday afternoon, it was the lowest batting average with runners in scoring position in baseball.