TORONTO -- Omar Vizquel is 44 years old and in his 23rd season as a Major Leaguer after debuting in 1989. But in all that time, the veteran infielder had never made a single appearance at first base. Until Saturday, that is.
Vizquel was called upon to take over at first in the 11th inning when Ozzie Guillen was forced to shuffle his fielders after pinch-hitting Carlos Quentin in the previous inning. Quentin stayed in the game in right field, meaning Brent Lillibridge was moved to second base and Vizquel was shifted to first.
"We talked about it in Spring Training. [Guillen] said I might have to play some first base this year, and I was like 'Come on, you've got too many guys out there that can play first,'" Vizquel said. "I never thought I was actually going to have a chance."
Vizquel filled in admirably. He was tested early, as Corey Patterson grounded a ball right at Vizquel in the 11th. The Venezuelan didn't make it look easy, but still made the flip to pitcher Serigo Santos who was covering at first for the out.
Vizquel's biggest issue was using the first baseman's glove, which is much larger than a normal infielder's mitt. Vizquel tried two of Paul Konerko's gloves and one of Adam Dunn's before he settled on a glove that he found comfortable.
"I threw my glove out there the first time because if I didn't like any of them, I was just going to go play with my glove," Vizquel said. "I felt sorry for the infielders. They had a little target out there."
Harrell replaces injured Pena in bullpen
TORONTO -- The White Sox reinforced their bullpen before Sunday's finale against the Blue Jays, recalling right-hander Lucas Harrell from Triple-A Charlotte. Fellow right-handed reliever Tony Pena was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 28, with right elbow tendinitis.
The move came a day after a 14-inning loss, during which the White Sox used four of their six relievers and even starter Gavin Floyd out of the bullpen.
Harrell was 4-2 with a 3.54 ERA in nine games with Charlotte. He made eight appearances for the White Sox in 2010, going 1-0 with a 4.88 ERA.
Harrell last pitched five days ago in a start for Charlotte and replaced starter John Danks in the fifth inning on Sunday.
"I would love to get in there today," Harrell said before allowing four runs on nine hits in four innings during Sunday's 13-4 loss. "You've just got to be ready whenever. You're a phone call away from being in the game, so you've just got to be ready all the time."
Floyd, meanwhile, will be given plenty of flexibility in terms of when he makes his next start after pitching the 13th inning and the start of the 14th on Saturday, giving up a walk-off home run to Corey Patterson.
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said he would talk to Floyd sometime early in the team's upcoming series in Boston about whether he can make his next scheduled start or if he will need extra time off.
Floyd is scheduled to start on Tuesday against the Red Sox, but Guillen said right-hander Phil Humber could be bumped up in the rotation to take the start if Floyd needs more rest.
"I've got to give the privilege to Gavin to make that call because of how we used him," Guillen said. "I think he earned that spot by doing us a favor by going out there and performing for us [in relief.] That's why I told him, 'You pick the day and if you're ready the day you're supposed to go, then you'll go.'"
Guillen: We can't give away games
TORONTO -- The inevitable hangover from Ozzie Guillen's harsh remarks about his team on Saturday arrived Sunday morning, as the outspoken White Sox manager put some of his comments in perspective.
Guillen went on a five-minute rant following his team's extra-innings loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday, criticizing his hitters for not taking advantage of opportunities to win the game.
"I was upset because I thought we had a great chance to put the game away and we couldn't. That's why I was upset. The only reward we have in this stupid career is winning. When you're not winning, you're miserable," Guillen said on Sunday. "That's my life. That's my job. That's my passion for the game."
Following a 13-4 loss on Sunday, the White Sox sit fourth in the American League Central with a 24-31 record, 9 1/2 games back of first-place Cleveland -- a disappointing start to the season for a team that was a favorite to win its division.
The team seemed to be building some momentum, winning two of its three series before arriving in Toronto for a four-game set. But, after winning Thursday's opener, the White Sox played poorly in two straight losses to the Blue Jays, both games that Guillen thought his team squandered with missed opportunities.
"Nobody out there has more passion for the game than me. Nobody. I can put that on a scale right now," Guillen said. "I never said yesterday they didn't play hard and they didn't try. I said that we should have won the game before [starting pitcher] Gavin [Floyd] was on the mound. Well, you replay the game and you will see if I was wrong or right. That's the way it is."
The game extended so long that Guillen was forced to use four of his six relievers and even call on Floyd to pitch an inning of relief. He was also forced to shift 44-year-old Omar Vizquel -- who had never played first base in his 23-season career -- to first as his bench ran short late in the game.
"You put stuff together and your stomach is squeezing and you're sick to your stomach and hopefully this thing works," Guillen said of the various decisions he had to make in Saturday's game. "And when they don't work, how do you think people will feel? People think I'm going to be here laughing and smiling and stuff?"
Guillen has been extremely protective of his players this season, defending them daily even as several hitters suffer through extended slumps. That all changed on Saturday, however, as Guillen chastised his hitters for not performing in extra innings.
"What can we do? Come here smiling, [listen to the] national anthem, [get] ready to go. Because I'm ready to go. I hope they are too," Guillen said. "I don't criticize my players for that. I was upset because I thought we had a chance and we're not in a position to give games away and we kind of did."
Mark Teahen went 2-for-4 with an RBI on Saturday night in his first start of a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte. Teahen started at third base and will likely rejoin the White Sox during their series in Boston next week. Alexei Ramirez led the Majors with 13 doubles in May going into Sunday afternoon's game. Frank Thomas holds the White Sox record for most doubles in a month with 17. The No. 3-5 hitters in the White Sox lineup hit just .116 (5-for-43) over the first three games of the four-game set in Toronto. John Danks entered into his Sunday start against the Blue Jays as the first White Sox starting pitcher to begin a season 0-7 since Neil Allen in 1987. The last White Sox pitcher to open a season with an 0-8 record was Eddie Smith in 1942.
Arden Zwelling is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.