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Saturday, April 26, 2014
Conor Gillaspie going on DL

By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox put starting third baseman Conor Gillaspie on the 15-day disabled list with a right hand contusion and placed right-hander Hector Noesi on the active roster.

Gillaspie has missed the past four games with what is essentially a bruise on the meaty part of his palm near his thumb, where the bat presses up against his hand while he swings.

"I'm not going to swing until it's gone," Gillaspie said. "I'm hoping it's only five or six days and then hopefully it's never brought up again or there's no more issues. I've been kind of battling this now for two or three weeks and I'm not good enough to go through a whole season fighting my hand."

Gillaspie had been off to a solid start. A surprise selection at the No. 3 spot in the White Sox's new-look lineup, the left-handed hitter was batting .302 with a .760 OPS in 16 games. He didn't have a home run, but had seven doubles and 12 RBIs.

Noesi was claimed off waivers from the Texas Rangers earlier this week days after he was designated for assignment. It was the White Sox offense that had torched Noesi for seven runs in one inning at Texas on Sunday.

General manager Rick Hahn said Friday that the White Sox have spotted two delivery flaws they think they can correct to get Noesi back on track.

"We've been talking about that, something mechanical in my release point," Noesi said.

With the bullpen taxed after starter Erik Johnson couldn't even last two innings Friday, Noesi knows that he could be leaned on heavily Saturday. As a pitcher who already has been with three major league teams this season, he's ready for anything.

"Well, it's been an experience for me, and I learn from that too," said Noesi, who was traded from the Seattle Mariners to the Rangers in early April. "It's really hard. I jump places too, and just to a different team. I just need a role and keep my role up."