06/10/10 12:49 AM ET
Vizquel to take leave of absence
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
"Hopefully, Sunday he'll be back before the game," said Guillen of Vizquel, who has been the White Sox primary third baseman in the absence of an injured Mark Teahen. "It depends on if everything goes right."
GM Williams' patience wearing thin
CHICAGO -- Maybe it was the White Sox home series loss this past weekend to Cleveland, an undermanned, last-place club in the American League Central. Maybe it is the team's standing at eight games under .500 and 9 1/2 games back of the Twins.
Whatever the reasoning, general manager Ken Williams' long-running patience finally has worn thin with his underachieving 2010 team.
"Some changes need to take place," said Williams on Wednesday, before the White Sox exploded for a 15-3 victory over the Tigers, scoring seven runs each in the fourth and the eighth innings. "I don't know what and I don't when, but some changes need to take place. Things aren't happening the way that we envisioned, and when they don't happen the way you envision, you've got to make an adjustment.
"It is what it is. I have to listen. It's not that I want to, but I'm not blind."
Williams admitted there are a lot of "desirable players" on the White Sox roster "that people seem to want." He quickly added if the team does something, it will be more along the lines of "shuffling the deck" with the expectation of adding impact players to help the White Sox win.
"I guess I'm not so much on my own timeline as I am on other clubs' timelines," Williams said. "It's still the early part of June and a lot of clubs are trying to figure their situations out and determine whether they're in it or not in it or what kind of money they have to spend.
"There are a lot of variables that go into the mix, so even if I want to do something, it's not always in my control. Why we can't get it together is a mystery to me. But other teams seem to want our players, so I have to gauge whether something that comes along sooner is better off for our mix and chance to get in it or wait and be a little patient until July when kind of all the information is in and people are bidding against one another for our players.
"Right now, it's almost impossible to identify matches," Williams said.
Beckham fighting power drought, strikeouts
CHICAGO -- Gordon Beckham's streak of 112 at-bats without an extra-base hit came to an end via a fourth-inning double in Wednesday's 15-3 victory over Detroit, although his homer-less drought reached 168 at-bats. That power slump doesn't bother White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen as much as Beckham's team-high 38 strikeouts.
"I'm kind of shocked about that because when you struggle, you just try to put the ball in play, get base hits, not hit home runs; [you] don't try and hit the ball in the gap, just have a good swing," Guillen said. "Then you don't get the extra base because of that situation. But when you strike out and struggle the way he does, obviously it's something we think about and we talk about it."
Guillen reiterated the plan to keep Beckham at the Major League level and in the White Sox starting lineup, although he is batting .201, as long as Beckham is able to carry himself through the prolonged slump without a carryover to the field or a visible loss in confidence. General manager Ken Williams agreed with the assumption of Beckham staying put with the White Sox.
"I spoke to him and just asked him to do one thing for me, and that's just to go back to being Gordon Beckham," Williams said. "Go back to his setup of last year. Free his hands up, take his hacks and not worry about contact as much as just putting a good swing and driving the ball and he's looked a lot better more recently.
"He looks more like himself, but he'll have to work his issues out here at least in the near future. As long as he keeps his confidence up and doesn't start dragging his head, then we'll keep confidence in him."Beckham, in turn, appreciates the confidence.
"They've been great," Beckham said. "All year, I've struggled mightily. For them to hang onto me and still have confidence in me, that helps me out a lot and it's nice."
Third to first
White Sox fans were allowed to stay at U.S. Cellular Field following the team's 15-3 victory over Detroit to watch the Blackhawks finish off the Flyers with a 4-3 overtime win and claim the NHL's Stanley Cup. ... Omar Vizquel moved into 55th place on the all-time hits list with 2,723, passing Lou Gehrig. ... Juan Pierre extended his hitting streak to seven games, batting .370 during that stretch. ... J.J. Putz made his ninth straight scoreless appearance Wednesday, covering 9 2/3 innings.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.