Jones injury had Guillen scrambling
May, 12, 2010
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com
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.