CHICAGO -- The two homers and four RBIs produced by Brent Morel in Thursday's 8-1 victory over the Indians fit the power profile usually attached to a corner infielder. That effort, though, gave Morel just five homers and 30 RBIs.
This year of experience should help Morel develop at the plate, with the rookie already providing stellar defense at third. But he doesn't seem too concerned about fitting that home run profile for a starter at the hot corner.
"Obviously, I would like to hit as many as possible," Morel said. "The more home runs you get, the more runs you are scoring and driving in and stuff like that.
"Hopefully, they come naturally. I'm not going to go out there and try to do anything different. Hopefully, it's the progression. And the experience I gained, I'll be more comfortable."
Lillibridge: It's been a great year
CHICAGO -- Brent Lillibridge is trying to turn a negative into a somewhat tolerable positive.
After getting hit by a Josh Judy pitch during Thursday's seven-run seventh against Cleveland, Lillibridge found out his 2011 season was over because of a fractured bone in his right hand. The news caused Lillibridge to become emotional when addressing the media, realizing he would be unable to complete his breakout 2011 campaign featuring 13 homers, 29 RBIs and individual starts at five different positions.
The White Sox put Lillibridge on the disabled list prior to Friday's game. But the good news was that the fracture was non-displaced, so he will not require surgery.
"Two to three weeks in this hard cast and another soft cast for two weeks," said Lillibridge, joking how the cast he's currently sporting allows him to play video games and drive a little bit. "About a six-week process.
"Having it happen at the end of the year, I'm happy it wasn't in June trying to come back. I won't be swinging until late November anyway. If it was going to happen, it happened at this time and I appreciate it. Obviously, I wish I was finishing and having some fun out there still."
Manager Ozzie Guillen pointed out Friday that you don't appreciate a player's value until he's gone, and there's no doubt Lillibridge played a valuable role this season. In his absence, Guillen talked about Paul Konerko playing more first base and Dayan Viciedo also getting chances at first. There was no specific mention of Adam Dunn.
Judy had a rough night overall, giving up Konerko's grand slam after hitting Lillibridge. The 25-year-old pitcher expressed his best wishes toward Lillibridge.
"You never want to see a guy's season end that way," Judy said. "I hope everything turns out OK for him."
"I didn't think I'd be so sad or frustrated about it until they told me I was done," Lillibridge said. "I love playing. I love being here. It's been a great year. I obviously couldn't ask for anything more for me personally. I wish I was trying to get back for the playoffs, pinch-run or do something. How we are right now, I'll be done for the season."
Quentin not progressing quickly
CHICAGO -- Carlos Quentin continued to take pregame swings in testing his sprained left shoulder on Friday. But Ozzie Guillen made it seem as if a return for his hard-hitting right fielder was not coming any time soon.
"He has hit for the last couple of days, but I think the things I got from [hitting coach Greg Walker] weren't the right answers," Guillen said. "I don't hear the right things about his process. We'll wait and see how it is day to day and how that works."
Quentin injured his shoulder making a diving first-inning catch against Texas on Aug. 20. He has not played since.
Pierre can still get down the line
CHICAGO -- Paul Konerko suggested a bunt for Juan Pierre's 2,000th career hit during the third inning of Thursday's 8-1 White Sox victory over the Indians. Instead, Pierre opted for the line shot to left, between the third baseman and shortstop.
The bunt would have seemed more representative offensively of Pierre's stellar career. The White Sox leadoff man sits No. 1 in the American League with 19 bunt singles, an area of the game in which Pierre believes he has improved over 2010.
"Last year was an off year bunting for me," Pierre said. "Just placement. I was trying to bunt and run last year, and then concentrate on placing the bunt. They are playing me the same way everywhere. But if I place the bunt like I can, I usually beat it out."
Although the 2011 dip to 25 stolen bases for Pierre would suggest a reduction in speed, he remains atop the AL with 43 infield hits. That total sits one behind his 44 RBIs, ranking him fourth on the White Sox behind Paul Konerko (98), Carlos Quentin (77) and Alexei Ramirez (61).
"So I guess it means my legs are still working a little bit," said a smiling Pierre. "Being the leadoff guy, you don't get that many opportunities to drive in runs. But when you do, you want to cash in on them every time."
Stewart thinks about what might have been
CHICAGO -- It would be easy for rookie Zach Stewart to look at his near perfect game on Monday in Minneapolis and state how happy he is just to get within one batter of making Major League Baseball history.
But days after Danny Valencia's double leading off the eighth became the only Twins' baserunner in Stewart's shutout, he smiles and admits to thinking about that one hit.
"I'll just be sitting there and thinking about, 'Man, that one hit, I was that close to being a huge deal,'" Stewart said with a laugh. "And history, pretty much. That's the only thing.
"Every now and then it will come to me, and it's like, 'Crap, just one hit.' I'm still happy with it and proud of the outing."
Stewart hopes to carry this exceptional work into his next effort during Sunday's series finale against the Indians at U.S. Cellular Field. The right-hander has an eye toward a future rotation spot but simply wants to help the White Sox win in the present.
"I'm trying to do the best I can for whatever reason," Stewart said. "Right now it's just for winning games, to go out and take it an outing at a time, inning at a time and just get wins."
Third to first
Addison Reed struck out the side during his U.S. Cellular Field debut on Friday in the club's 8-4 loss to the Indians. Reed has six strikeouts over 2 2/3 big league innings. Dayan Viciedo has a .321 average over his seven-game hitting streak. White Sox starting pitchers have an 8.57 ERA over their last four games, with 20 earned runs allowed in 21 innings.