White Sox lose Ozuna to injury
Outfielder fractures right fibula after first-inning hit
CHICAGO -- White Sox outfielder Pablo Ozuna will go on the 15-day disabled list Monday after fracturing his right fibula and tearing a ligament in his ankle in Sunday's 11-5 loss to the Devil Rays, and will probably miss the next three to four months.
Ozuna got a hit to lead off the bottom of the first and seemed to catch his spike awkwardly as he was rounding first. He still managed a double, executing a perfect hook slide to avoid the tag at second. Ozuna was on the ground for a few minutes near the base, but then walked off the field on his own power after talking to the trainer.
"I think he hurt it when he got in first base," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I don't know how this kid runs when you got damage in your foot. I don't know how you get to second base. That's why this kid plays the game. The way he left the field, walking, I didn't think it was [anything] really bad. All of a sudden [White Sox trainer Herm Schneider] gave me the news about that situation. It was pretty ugly."
The team said Ozuna will be re-evaluated by team doctors Monday, but Guillen wasn't hopeful about getting him back anytime soon.
"We're going to miss a big part of our ballclub, maybe for a couple months," Guillen said. "It's a shame, as a manager, this kid is real valuable to me. This kid brings a lot of stuff to the game, he's real good. Unfortunately we may not have him for three or four months."
Ozuna, a versatile utility player, was playing left field and came into the game hitting .234 (18-for-77). He had started in left, at third base and at DH this season. With Scott Podsednik still on the DL, the team likely will call up a utility-type player from the Minors, possibly Andy Gonzalez, Guillen said.
"He's a big piece for us," White Sox captain Paul Konerko said. "He's murder against left-handers, he causes a lot of havoc for us. We're going to have to pick up the slack."
Jon Greenberg is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.