06/23/09 8:01 PM ET
Dye returns to lineup for White Sox
Right fielder has been slowed by strained left calf
By Jesse Temple / MLB.com
Dye has been battling a strained left calf and sat out Sunday's series finale against the Reds to rest the ailment. He fought through the injury days earlier to play in Friday's game, going 0-for-4. Dye also appeared in Saturday's Civil Rights Game in a pinch-hitting role in the sixth inning and flied out to left field.
Dye initially injured his calf during a home game against the A's at the beginning of June. He was rounding third in an effort to score on a Paul Konerko single, but he had to put on the breaks when he saw a stop sign from third-base coach Jeff Cox.
"It feels better than it did a couple of days ago," Dye said. "I still have a little pain, but it's tolerable. So I'll go out and try to get back to playing again and see what happens."
Dye, who batted third in the lineup for Tuesday's game, entered the day hitting .264 this season in 62 games. He leads the White Sox in home runs (15), runs scored (39) and slugging percentage (.514) and is tied for second on the team with 39 RBIs.
Dye said sitting out Sunday's game, coupled with the team's scheduled off-day on Monday, aided in his recovery.
"There's no doubt that you don't want to go out there and hurt yourself, but I think those couple days of just getting off of it and not doing any activity and putting pressure on it helped out," Dye said. "It seemed to feel a little bit better. I still have a tiny bit of discomfort, but every athlete that goes out on the field has some discomfort. I think it's good enough to go out there and play and try to help this team."
Dye has three hits in his past 29 at-bats (.103) over a nine-game span. But his presence in the lineup, even at less than 100 percent, is vital, according to White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen.
"We need him," Guillen said. "He's always been good for us. He's having a great season. Hopefully, these days off helped him, and hopefully he can get back on track."
Jesse Temple is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.