05/04/09 12:07 AM ET
Dye, Fields could miss opener in KC
Outfielder not ready to return; third baseman hit on wrist
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
And it sounds as if Dye could have some banged-up company on the bench. Third baseman Josh Fields, who has reached base in 20 of his first 23 games this season, was struck in the left wrist by a Matt Harrison pitch in the first inning of Sunday's 5-1 loss.
Fields stayed in the game after shaking off what looked to be an initial high amount of pain. But White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said that Fields was getting tight as Sunday's game progressed, and the team might not have used him in the ninth inning if two more hitters had reached base.
If Fields is not ready to go on Monday in Kansas City, Guillen seems ready to piece together an infield against Major League Baseball's stingiest pitcher in Zack Greinke.
"Jayson Nix is playing third base. He will," said Guillen, who would return Chris Getz to second base following a night off Sunday against Texas southpaw Matt Harrison. "You never know with those freaky hand [injuries]. All of a sudden you feel good, and the next day, something is going on there.
"We will see how he feels tomorrow. I expect him to be sore tomorrow."
X-rays for Fields taken after the game were negative, which was the same result for Dye after he was hit by a Luis Mendoza pitch on Saturday. Guillen made comments during his Sunday chat with the media and during an in-game interview as part of ESPN's broadcast as to how Dye could be ready by Monday night.
Dye's comments on Sunday night made it seem as if he might not play against Kansas City at all.
"Right now, I can't grip a bat and I don't think I'm playing tomorrow, no matter what," said Dye, whose left hand still is noticeably swollen but not as bad as it was on Saturday night. "We'll still treat it and [White Sox athletic trainer] Hermie [Schneider] will ask me once I get into the stadium how it feels. If it feels good enough, I'll take some swings. If not, we'll keep treating it."
Losing Dye for anywhere from two games to a week, though, is better than the original thoughts running through the White Sox organization when he went down in a heap on Saturday. Guillen said his mind "went blank" and he "went numb" when he walked off the field with Dye, thinking of losing him for the season and thinking of the possible replacements.
Luckily for the White Sox, Dye suffered a bruise on the top of his left hand. As for possible replacements for Dye or Carlos Quentin -- the White Sox corner outfielder in left -- Guillen couldn't think of a present fill-in.
"Maybe Rickey Henderson," said Guillen with a smile. "Everyone in Triple-A is not playing well. The roster went through my mind, and I said, 'Next.' I know [general manager] Kenny [Williams] went through the same situation with me.
"But I don't care to lose [Dye] for two games. I thought I was going to lose him for the year."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.