06/17/12 2:13 AM ET
Fukudome to begin rehab assignment soon
By Sarah Trotto / Special to MLB.com
Fukudome said his focus is to get healthy first.
"[I'm] going to hit tomorrow and see how it feels and go from there," Fukudome said Saturday through an interpreter.
Fukudome has been on the disabled list retroactive to June 4 for a strained right oblique. He was 7-for-41 before the injury.
"Where he was when he got hurt, he didn't have a bunch of at-bats and didn't swing for a while," Ventura said. "It would be nice for him to get some at-bats and feel right when he comes back."
'No bad news' after Danks sees Yocum
LOS ANGELES -- White Sox starting pitcher John Danks saw Los Angeles orthopedic specialist Lewis Yocum on Saturday for his sore left shoulder, manager Robin Ventura said.
Danks has been on the disabled list retroactive to May 20 for a left shoulder strain. He felt soreness in his shoulder after playing catch Thursday and played catch Friday instead of throwing a bullpen session. Danks last pitched Tuesday in a rehab outing with Triple-A Charlotte. He allowed three runs (one earned) and threw 61 pitches in four innings.
"There's no bad news," Ventura said. "They're still trying to figure out what it is."
Danks said Friday he spoke to team doctor Gregory Nicholson, and he was planning to visit Nicholson on Monday in Chicago.
Hudson a solid replacement at hot corner
LOS ANGELES -- Before he joined the White Sox on May 22, Orlando Hudson had played no Major League games as a third baseman.
In the Minors, he played 242 games at third base. But primarily, Hudson has been a second baseman throughout his career.
With third baseman Brent Morel out with a back injury, the White Sox needed a third baseman and Hudson has filled that void. Hudson had a .939 fielding percentage and had committed three errors in 21 games entering Saturday's contest.
"It's been OK," Hudson said. "[It's about] more repetition more than anything, but, wow, it's a lot different."
Hudson last played third base in 2001 in Triple-A.
"Not having played third base for 10 years, he's done a good job," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "He's learning on the fly. He's more used to being in the middle of the field. There are times you can tell he feels uneasy, but he still makes his plays."
Hudson has been enjoying his time with the White Sox, after the Padres released him on May 17.
"The guys are great, great atmosphere," he said. "The chemistry in the clubhouse is unbelievable. We have fun. The coaching staff is good, a lot of guys who played the game. They understand how hard it is. They understand what we're going through because they've been through it already."
Third to first
Following Saturday night's win, the White Sox altered their starting rotation. Zach Stewart will now start Monday against the Cubs and Jake Peavy will start Tuesday on an extra day of rest, followed by Gavin Floyd and Chris Sale, who will get an two extra days of rest.No reason was given for the changes. Manager Robin Ventura maintained confidence in his starting rotation, although John Danks is injured and Gavin Floyd and Philip Humber have been struggling. "They're the best guys for us," Ventura said. "That's the way I look at it, fix it. We won't look at somebody else to take it over. I believe the ability is there."
Sunday's series finale against the Dodgers could see some White Sox regulars getting a day off. The lineup will possibly include Eduardo Escobar at shortstop and Tyler Flowers at catcher, Ventura indicated.
Sarah Trotto is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.