CHICAGO – Alexei Ramirez will be sidelined until at least Sunday because of a sprained right ankle, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said Thursday.
Doctors evaluated Ramirez and determined that he did not need to be placed on the disabled list, Guillen said. Ramirez injured himself sliding into second base Wednesday against the Twins.
“Right now, the report that we have is the problem’s not big,” Guillen said. “We’re going to wait for two to three days. It’s not worth waiting another 12 days to get him back.”
The Sox summoned Brent Lillibridge to Chicago in case Ramirez needed to go on the disabled list. Lillibridge, 25, is hitting .262 in 58 games at Triple-A Charlotte.
Jayson Nix started at shortstop Thursday. Guillen said he preferred not to move Gordon Beckham to a short-term stint at shortstop, which is his natural position.
Good day: Before the game, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn presented Mark Buehrle with a proclamation that declared Thursday as “Mark Buehrle Day” in the state of Illinois.
Buehrle said he was grateful to receive the honor for his perfect game July 23.
“Each year when it pops up, somebody remind me,” Buehrle joked. “We’ll have a little party in the clubhouse before the game.”
Buehrle sent his jersey from the perfect game to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. He kept his hat, glove, cleats and a baseball from the game.
Ozzie unplugged: Guillen rolled is eyes when asked about reports that David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez were included on a list of players who tested positive for steroids in 2003.
“Can somebody in baseball please – we’re all begging people – get that stupid list out and move on,” Guillen said. “This is ridiculous. This is embarrassing. This is a joke. Whoever is there is there. Get [the names] out, and that’s it.”
Extra innings: The start of the game was delayed by 1 hour, 4 minutes because of rain. … Players received cigars after Matt Thornton and his wife welcomed their first child, daughter Avery Annette, on Monday night.