Nobody knows how Alex Rios will respond when he returns to the lineup from his multi-day benching, but Ozzie Guillen isn't waiting to find out.
"A couple of days out the lineup, hopefully it will refresh his mind, get his stuff together and hopefully start over," manager Ozzie Guillen said before the game. "That's the reason I did it. Hopefully that works. We've been doing a lot of different things with him and nothing works. Hopefully a little break for a couple of days recharges his batteries."
The disappearance of Dunn has inspired a flurry of posts attempting to figure out how it happened to him. ESPN.com all over it:
- Jayson Stark's scout said that it's not mechanical. Dunn is merely struggling to cope with American League pitching.
- David Schoenfeld goes the other way, asking if Dunn is washed up. He points to massive sluggers like Greg Luzinski and Richie Sexson, who just stopped producing in their early 30s.
But really, nobody has any idea at this point. Guillen's grasping for straws, too:
"The freaking guy is 7-2 and 700 pounds," Guillen said. "Mentally, he’s got a brain bigger than my body. I don’t know what it is. To be honest with you, I don’t know what it is. …
"You ask me about Paul Konerko, you ask me about Carlos [Quentin], those guys that have been playing for me for a little while, A.J. [Pierzynski], I think maybe I have an answer.
"But him… maybe he’s never failed before."
If that's the case, he's getting a crash course in it now. Emphasis on "crash."
Jake Peavy is taking his own sabbatical for entirely different -- yet nonsensical -- reasons. He issued a defense of the collective decision to let him pitch:
"Let me tell you something: If guys didn’t go out on the field because of something nagging, you wouldn’t be able to put nine guys out there tonight," Peavy said. "You wouldn’t be able to put together a team. There are plenty of guys, as you see in the lineup, fighting with something and have been in there with me getting treatment and just trying to weather the storm. We certainly treated it, and some stuff goes the wrong way and you just push."
There are plenty of guys who can successfully pitch through injuries. None of the other guys in the lineup are coming off career-threatening injuries because they tried to pitch through pain.
I guess the good news is that Peavy couldn't talk the Sox out of taking the more conservative approach with this DL stint, but give it time -- it'll happen again.
Paul Konerko is deserving of his own post in the near future, but I'll let Colin's post about his homers breathe a little. In the meanwhile [/Ozzie], let's just point out that Konerko has found a way to drive in a run in eight straight games -- including a solo homer off Felix Hernandez on Tuesday -- in fairly unsteady circumstances. For one, he's taking up DH duties, yielding first base to Dunn in the hopes that playing the field will get him back on track. Sitting between at-bats hasn't seemed to hurt him. Also, he had a loose bone fragment removed from his wrist in the middle of this stretch. He simply keeps finding ways to impress.
Jon Greenberg explores the Phil Humber phenomenon -- where he's been, what the Sox think of him, what Humber thinks of himself. And at the end, he draws some interesting parallels between his path and Gavin Floyd's, specifically with the slider.
Jon Morosi has a long chat with Reinsdorf about the 2011 White Sox. Good news: Reinsdorf resists emphasizing that the underwhelming start and proportional attendance will create financial hardships. Bad news: When asked if he could remember a big addition struggling as much as Dunn has, he thought of Julio Cruz.
For you fans of the South Side Hit Men, Brett Ballantini relays Roland Hemond's reflections on the hasty construction of the 1977 White Sox.