8/18/2013 7:36 P.M. ET
Gillaspie gets another day to rest sore hand
By Kelly Erickson / MLB.com
MINNEAPOLIS -- Despite hoping to return to the lineup Sunday, third baseman Conor Gillaspie was given another day of rest after sustaining a bruised right hand Friday night.
As he was fielding a relay throw on Wilkin Ramirez's triple, the ball hit his hand in a sensitive spot, causing it to become swollen. With the swelling down on Saturday, he was available off the bench both Saturday and Sunday.
While he was with the San Francisco Giants in 2008, 2011 and 2012, he only played a handful of games -- 29 total. His 105 games with the White Sox mark his first full season in the Majors.
Batting .237 with 29 RBIs and 10 home runs this season, he's still trying to find comfort at the plate and in the field.
"He hits the ball hard consistently, but he's had a lot of balls you hit right at people," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "That's part of playing and learning, of being able to adjust to it and get over it. That's just normal stuff. He has a pretty simple swing. It's simple to maintain which is good news."
Through 87 starts, Gillaspie is working toward becoming the everyday guy at third and is starting to show what he can do on the corner.
"He's gotten better from Spring Training," Ventura said. "He's just doing a lot of work of feeling more comfortable. I don't think he felt that comfortable in Spring Training. Even now, he's a little more fearless in there. He does make a few big plays for us. I think he's just improving, just continuing to get better."
Reed has time to bolster saves total
MINNEAPOLIS -- As the White Sox earned another road win Saturday night, one night after they ended their 10-game road skid, closer Addison Reed earned his career-high 30th save.
In only his second season as the South Siders' closer -- third overall -- Reed surpassed his 2012 mark of 29 saves (in 33 chances) in the club's 8-5 victory over the Twins at Target Field. With 31 saves in 36 chances following Sunday's 5-2 victory and six weeks left in the season, Reed is primed to extend that save count even further.
"He's good," manager Robin Ventura said. "He gets the opportunities and they've been slim chances for a while, so it's nice to get him back in there more on a consistent basis where he can kind of feel like he's ready every day."
Despite the career mark, Reed did show a slight dip in velocity over the past two nights, slipping from about 93-94 to 91 mph. Reed said everything is fine, and Ventura noted that everyone just has those couple of days where everything isn't quite there.
"I think everybody during the course of the year goes through little waves," Ventura said. "Maybe they throw a little harder this day than they do on other days. … It's just part of having a long season, being able to maintain it and get through it."
Through 53 appearances, Reed is 5-1 with a 3.30 ERA, allowing 22 runs (21 earned) over 57 1/3 innings.
• After he was sent to the hospital with pericarditis on Friday, reliever Ramon Troncoso is out of the hospital and is going back to home to rest. He was officially placed on the disabled list Saturday.
• Heading in to Sunday's series finale, Adam Dunn was hitting .322 with 15 home runs and 42 RBIs over his last 61 games. He went 0-for-4 in the 5-2 victory.
Kelly Erickson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.