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07/21/08 8:58 PM ET

Dye expects to return Tuesday

Outfielder hit by pitch in kneecap during Sunday's game

CHICAGO -- Jermaine Dye expects to play Tuesday night against the Rangers after missing Monday's series opener due to a bruised right knee. Dye suffered the injury in the fourth inning of Sunday's 8-7 loss to Kansas City, getting drilled by a Horacio Ramirez pitch and then being helped off the field.

The extreme pain that followed initially gave Dye pause as to how the injury might be of the more serious variety.

"I thought it hit me in the kneecap," said Dye, who moved around without much limitation on Monday. "Anytime you get hit in an area like that, there's possible cracks and all that. But the X-rays were negative, and it came out to be a bruise.

"It feels a lot better. It's still stiff and sore. [White Sox athletic trainer Herm Schneider] did a great job of getting all the inflammation out and it feels pretty good."

Dye actually was struck on the side of the right kneecap and planned to receive treatment for the rest of the day. He was not scheduled to take part in any baseball activities on Monday, with Dewayne Wise replacing Dye and his .310 average and 21 home runs in the starting lineup, and Nick Swisher moving from center field to right field.

Range of motion hadn't completely returned for Dye, but he expected no further problems by Tuesday. As for getting hit by pitches twice this past weekend, among five White Sox hit batsmen during the three-game set, Dye didn't believe there was any intent on the part of the Royals.

"We have a bunch of guys who crowd the plate a little bit. But most of the pitches just got away," Dye said. "That's part of the game.

"Getting hit where I got hit the first time [left calf], it wasn't too bad. But in an area where you deal with range of motion and swelling, it was pretty tough."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.