CHICAGO -- General manager Ken Williams delivered a message to the White Sox players while talking to the media prior to Saturday's contest with the Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
Despite an ugly 10-2 loss, it looks as if they can sleep easy Saturday night, as the active roster should be the same come Sunday night, following the 3 p.m. CT non-waiver Trade Deadline, as it is presently constructed.
"Is there a chance that we could have a different look? Absolutely there's a 'chance,'" Williams said. "I would say that chance is very, very slim.
"I don't see anything on the horizon and everything that potentially can be done comes at a sacrifice of the guys that I expect we would need to try to win this division. So, very unlikely."
The likelihood of some major moves made by Williams certainly was a little higher at the beginning of this homestand, before the White Sox ripped off three wins in four games against the Tigers and Red Sox, coming on the heels of two straight wins in Cleveland. In fact, Wednesday's victory over Detroit might have given this talented team a renewed chance in the winnable American League Central.
There have been rumblings that Williams and others in the organization don't have the utmost confidence that this group is capable of winning a World Series title, and that might have been the case just a few days ago. But Williams told MLB.com on Saturday that the lack of moves made after the Edwin Jackson/Mark Teahen trade with Toronto now would indicate the exact opposite.
"At this point, I don't see doing anything to break up what we currently have, because we think this team can get it done," Williams said. "Otherwise, believe me, if I didn't think we could get it done, there are some things I can do to turn it over. Believe me.
"So, you don't have to believe in the words I say. Look at the actions."
All options explored with Deadline looming
CHICAGO -- Much of Saturday's Trade Deadline rumors involving the White Sox centered on right fielder Carlos Quentin, left-handed starter John Danks and left-handed reliever Matt Thornton. All three are integral parts in the club's pursuit of the Tigers, Indians and a 2011 American League Central title, so they would figure to demand a huge bounty in return.
The fact that Williams probably won't move any of these key veterans doesn't mean he didn't listen to overtures regarding any or all of them.
"Listen, when the team plays poorly and you are not headed toward achieving the goal you set out, everybody is in play," Williams told MLB.com. "I have to have those conversations on everyone to try to put together a new plan if the current plan isn't working.
"So, it's nothing personal against anyone, but the entire situation has to be evaluated and the possibilities have to be [evaluated]. You have to take the necessary course of action to see what the possibilities are. But as I sit here today, roughly 23 hours away from the Deadline, I can tell you I don't see anything on the horizon in terms of any movement."
Rios gets back into his starting role
CHICAGO -- After giving way to Alejandro De Aza for the last game of the Tigers series and Friday's series opener against the Red Sox, Alex Rios returned to center field during Saturday's 10-2 loss.Rios finished 0-for-3 to lower his average to .207. He also didn't move quick enough on a Marco Scutaro single to right-center with two outs in the eighth, compounding the slow route with a bad throw to Gordon Beckham, and thus allowing Josh Reddick to score all the way from first.
Rios, who will start again in Sunday's series finale, came back Saturday with an edict from manager Ozzie Guillen of simply trying to enjoy himself.
"'You got your money, you got a beautiful family, everybody healthy, you got everything you want. Why do you let this game bother you?'" Guillen said. "Why not have a little more fun playing the game? I don't see that in him. I think every at-bat is killing him.
"Every at-bat he worries about it. When you are not doing well and the expectation is pretty high, I really understand why you put yourself in that situation. But in the meantime, you are digging a hole to yourself.
"I'm not down on him," Guillen said. "Just go out there and play the game right. Play the game, make the plays out there, and make the best at-bat."
General manager Ken Williams delivered a direct message to Rios on Wednesday, by saying De Aza would receive increased playing time and that the size of the contract didn't matter in terms of getting consistent at-bats. Williams said on Saturday that message was not so much directed at Rios but the whole team.
"My message was more so a message to everyone that we're here to win," Williams said. "We're here to put the best players out there, who are going to fight the hardest, bust their tail the hardest, regardless of contract size, regardless of their history in the game. Just play to win from here on out."
Lillibridge working out at first base
CHICAGO -- Reserve outfielder Brent Lillibridge has been working at first during the past few pregame sessions, giving White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen an option in case he has to pinch-run late for Paul Konerko or Adam Dunn.
"I hope we don't see that," said Guillen of Lillibridge at first. "But sometimes we have to pinch-run either for Dunn or Paul Konerko.
"That's why we cannot leave that empty. I was leaning toward [Omar] Vizquel, but Vizquel, we're going to use him more at third base. I think the best guy we have to play first base is Lillibridge. He's not going to be there all day, but at least he can catch the ball. For an inning, I think he'll be fine."
Third to first
Dayan Viciedo's bruised right thumb, injured when he was hit by a pitch while playing for Triple-A Charlotte, continues to improve, according to general manager Ken Williams.
"What we don't want to do is send him out there when he's not feeling at full strength, so he changes anything about his swing," Williams said. "So we'll make sure he's absolutely 100 percent ready to go before he gets out there."
Williams believes the first-place Tigers bettered themselves with the addition of pitchers Doug Fister and David Pauley in a trade with the Mariners on Saturday. But ultimately, he's not worried about the Tigers.
"Our focus has to be just consistent baseball and improving upon who we are," Williams said. Adam Dunn has reached base with five hits and seven walks over his last seven games. Gordon Beckham hit his first July homer during Saturday's 10-2 loss. The White Sox are 24-27 at home.