Ramirez's ankle injury not serious
White Sox shortstop expected to miss only a few days
CHICAGO -- Alexei Ramirez will not be headed to the disabled list, according to comments made by Ozzie Guillen during the White Sox manager's pregame media chat on Thursday.
Ramirez suffered a sprained right ankle while trying to break up a double play in the seventh inning of Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Twins, writhing in pain out near second base on the Metrodome turf after the play was complete. Ramirez walked out on crutches Wednesday night, only to keep weight off the ankle until X-rays could be taken back in Chicago.
Although there was no official announcement concerning the result of the X-rays, all signs pointed to Ramirez being out of action for nothing more than the length of this weekend's four-game series against the Yankees. Brent Lillibridge, who was brought up from Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday in case the X-ray results were not positive, will rejoin the Knights on Friday.
"Well, right now, the report that we have is the problem's not big," Guillen said. "We're going to wait for two to three days. It's not worth waiting, all of a sudden, another 12 days to get him back. It was good news, nothing's broken. It's just a normal sprain but nothing real serious."
Jayson Nix will play shortstop in Ramirez's absence. Guillen was asked about moving rookie phenom Gordon Beckham from third base back to his natural defensive spot up the middle, but moving Beckham into the lineup's second slot appears to be the only change on the horizon.
"I think Nix can handle that position," said Guillen of Nix replacing Ramirez, who is hitting .273 with 11 home runs, 47 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. "Beckham is going to be our [third baseman] for a long time here.
"Then if we do that, we go backwards. But I don't think we should make a different lineup and put him in a position he's not going to belong to later."
Guillen targeted Sunday as a potential early return for Ramirez.
"Maybe the last game of the series, maybe," Guillen said. "I don't want to push, but the way he was feeling today, he was walking a little bit better.
"This kid doesn't have any meat, everything's bone. I checked his feet and said, 'You should just go get a pedicure, not to a doctor.' He's fine. Hopefully [he'll be ready to play] in the next couple of days. I know [White Sox athletic trainer] Hermie [Schneider] will get him out on time."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.