CHICAGO – Dewayne Wise’s first experience with an oblique strain came at an inopportune time.
The White Sox outfielder was on rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte, steadily working back from a right hamstring injury, when he said he felt like he got stabbed in his side during batting practice. Wise, who has been on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 30, hopes he will be back soon. However, even though Wise doesn’t believe it’s a serious oblique strain, there is no timetable for his return.
Wise labeled the setback as “really frustrating.”
“Nobody wants to be on the DL,” Wise said. “Just seeing your boys out there struggling, you just want to do whatever you can to get back and help. Now there’s another injury, so that’s set me back a while. I’m just trying to keep a good attitude about it, just keep working and try to get better.”
Defensive letdown: Going from statistically the best defensive team in baseball last season to one of the worst this season has perplexed manager Robin Ventura.
The Sox committed only 70 errors in 2012 – the fewest in the majors – but through 75 games entering Friday they already had 55 errors. Twelve times the Sox have had at least two errors in a game, and they are on pace to finish with 119 errors this season. Given the defense returned almost every starter this season, Ventura has been mystified as to why the Sox are struggling in the field.
“They’re the ones that set the standard last year to be able to do this,” Ventura said of the Sox’s defense. “I look at that more than anything else. I know it’s there, but you are scratching your head to see how it got to this point.”
Gillaspie back: Before Thursday’s doubleheader, the Sox reinstated third baseman Conor Gillaspie from the paternity list.
On Wednesday, Ventura said he expected the Sox to call up another reliever because of the doubleheader. However, the Sox opted to keep third baseman Brent Morel as the 26th man, which Major League Baseball allows for doubleheaders.