Guillen not concerned about offense
Sox manager says players shouldn't worry about average
CHICAGO -- The White Sox offensive struggles aren't concerning manager Ozzie Guillen yet, and with the warm weather moving in, Guillen knows his team will come around.
In fact, Guillen said his team isn't playing that much differently from many others in the American League, particularly in the AL Central.
"For some reason, a lot of teams are struggling at the plate," Guillen said. "You see guys with a lot of low averages, I don't know the reason. We play with Anaheim, they struggle at the plate. We play against Cleveland, they struggle at the plate. It seems like everybody, even Detroit. I don't know why.
"We'll just try to go out there and play. It's a long season. Don't worry about your average right now."
The White Sox starting lineup Saturday included three regular starters whose batting averages currently sit under .230: Orlando Cabrera, Jim Thome and Nick Swisher.
That list, of course, doesn't include Paul Konerko and Juan Uribe, both of whom have struggled at the plate. Uribe was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a strained left hamstring, and Konerko is out with a sore right hand until at least Sunday.
"He should feel better," Guillen said of Konerko. "He did not take any practice yesterday, or do anything physically. Hopefully for tomorrow he should be ready.
"He's been carrying this since Spring Training and tried to work through it," Guillen said. "Hopefully, with the treatment we got he'll feel a little bit better. It's easy to get treatment in Chicago than go to Cleveland and do it there, because we got all the equipment here."
Guillen said no major changes to the lineup are coming, though, and until the offense comes to life, they'll continue to rely on their quality pitching, both from the rotation and in relief.
David Just is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.