The White Sox will be taking the field Sunday afternoon in Cleveland without their starting right fielder, ace hurler, or center fielder and sparkplug at the top of the order, not to mention carrying a four-game losing streak.
Avisail Garcia, the power-packed right fielder, is lost for the season after surgery to repair a torn right labrum suffered while diving for a fly ball in right against the Rockies. Chris Sale, the ace hurler, has no set timetable for his return to the mound as he works his way back from a flexor muscle strain in his left arm.
And Adam Eaton, an energetic force to be reckoned with, joined six other White Sox players on the disabled list Saturday due to a right hamstring strain.
Yet the White Sox still plan to have a full complement of players ready to go and ready to win behind Andre Rienzo in the series finale against the Indians' Corey Kluber. As the old saying goes, the show must go on.
"You just figure it out. That's part of the game," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "It's never easy to have guys that are hurt, but you also don't want them running out there playing at 70 percent and just trying to make it through.
"But there's probably a greater risk that they would do something worse, and that's part of this. All of these guys have something we need to take care of, and you find somebody to fill in and take their place. For right now, everybody is operating as the next guy up. Put him in there and play and see what happens."
Cleveland and the White Sox are even at 3-3 on the season series, and the White Sox have an 8-10 record overall against American League Central opponents. The Indians have won eight straight against the White Sox at Progressive, including the first two of this series.
Kluber gave up eight hits when he faced the White Sox earlier this season, allowing two earned runs in a tough 4-3 loss where he got a no-decision. He'll face a slightly different-looking lineup on Sunday, with the White Sox adding to their bench prior to the game via the expected addition of outfielder Moises Sierra.
"You feel like sometimes when it rains it pours, guys just keep going down," Ventura said. "We had that a little bit in 2012 with the bullpen and guys needing time and going down. That's why it's a long season. It's hard. You know you're not going to rely on 25 guys to go the whole year. You need a bunch of guys to be able to do this, and that's what we're doing right now."
"I guess you'd rather have them now," Eaton said. "Hopefully, we get our injury bug out of the way. Good thing it's been nothing too major with Sailor and me. Hopefully we get back in a reasonable amount of time and we'll be fine."
White Sox: Danks moves into starting role
Jordan Danks deserved to break camp with the White Sox out of Spring Training, hitting the ball with authority far more often than not. Since he rejoined the White Sox, the left-handed-hitting outfielder has just three hits in 35 at-bats.
But his confidence hasn't changed.
"Hopefully, the confidence starts turning into hits," Danks said. "Just one of those things that baseball is cruel sometimes, but right now, my confidence is still there.
"I'm feeling pretty good at the plate. It's all just a matter of balls falling in and getting good pitches to hit. But as of now, I feel, confidence-wise, nothing has really changed."
With Eaton moving to the disabled list, Danks figures to move into the starting lineup for the next few weeks.
"It's a tad bit frustrating, obviously. The competitiveness in me would like to be hitting .400 right now," Danks said. "But you know, I feel now with Eaton being out, I would assume I'll be playing a lot more. So they are looking for me to step up a little bit. Put in the work every day and hopefully the confidence starts turning into hits."
Indians: Kluber looks for more of same
The pitching lines from Kluber's last two starts look very different, but the execution has been similar.
On April 24, Kluber went the distance, striking out 11 and giving up only one unearned run on four hits. Last week against the Angels, he gave up four runs, three earned, on eight hits.
Kluber was getting plenty of ground balls against the Angels, but too many of them got through the Indians' defense.
"I don't think there's really that big a difference between the last two starts other than the ground balls last time just found holes," Kluber said. "Broken-bat bloopers were hit just soft enough where they fell in front of guys.
"You look at that last start, they weren't barreling the ball. They had eight singles."
• Thirteen of Indians reliever Cody Allen's 15 appearances have been scoreless this season.
• Tribe closer John Axford has converted his last five consecutive save chances.
• The Indians are 20-5 against the White Sox since the start of 2013.
• Chicago's bullpen has a 0.84 ERA over its last seven games, allowing two earned runs over 21 2/3 innings.
• The White Sox have been shut out three times this season.