04/27/09 9:40 PM ET
Getz thinks DL stint won't be necessary
White Sox infielder's broken right middle finger improving
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
"It feels drastically better today," said Getz, who suffered a fracture at the tip of the middle finger on his right hand during double-play drills on Saturday and has been out of action for the past two games. "It has improved quicker than I anticipated, and I was optimistic."
The disabled-list reference was not made directly by Getz or manager Ozzie Guillen, but when Getz revealed the fracture on Sunday and the fact that he couldn't swing the bat, the immediate prognosis did not sound good. Getz said the combination of the fracture and the initial bruising caused the bulk of trouble for him.
But with the bruising going down on Monday, his condition immediately improved. The plan for Getz was to continue treatment on Monday, move to baseball activity on Tuesday and then go from there. Although Getz certainly doesn't make the final call, he does not envision an extended or official stretch of inactivity.
"From what I can tell and from how it feels, I don't think I would have to go on the disabled list," said Getz, who said he felt the pain while simply trying to play catch two days ago, but hasn't thrown or swung the bat from the point of the injury. "I think I can play very soon."
"That's what I want," said Guillen of Getz's sudden recovery. "I thought he was going to play today, but unfortunately he can't. He said he can do a couple things, but hopefully he can play tomorrow."
Getz's injury came at an unfortunate time, with the former University of Michigan standout having knocked out 13 hits in his past 28 at-bats. But Getz believes his return will come before he falls out of that comfort zone at the plate.
"I'm hoping I won't miss too much time and lose the way I was feeling up there," Getz said.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.