White Sox place Uribe on 15-day DL
Konerko not likely to start in any of the weekend games
CHICAGO -- Prior to missing his seventh straight game Friday, Juan Uribe was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 16, with a strained right hamstring. Outfielder DeWayne Wise was called up from Triple-A Charlotte to temporarily replace Uribe on the 25-man roster.
The move was made with Uribe in order to give manager Ozzie Guillen an extra position player in Paul Konerko's absence. The White Sox captain has been bothered by soreness in the webbing of his right hand between his thumb and index finger since getting jammed during the suspended game against Baltimore on April 28 and will have a couple of days off after getting a cortisone shot Friday.
"Basically since the Baltimore game that was suspended [on April 28], since that day, it's been a struggle every day," said Konerko, who entered the series opener against the Angels hitting .212 with five home runs and 23 RBIs. "It's one of those things where, when you get jammed, every hitter has to deal with pain, almost every hitter.
"But the difference on this one is, if I have a bad at-bat where it gets in there, it's affecting future at-bats in that game. I'm scrambling the rest of the game. That's the way it's been."
Konerko definitely will be out for Friday and Saturday's game, with a rest through the entire weekend standing as a distinct possibility. Nick Swisher moved to first base, giving Guillen the need for another outfielder in Wise.
Wise, who has spent parts of five seasons in the Major Leagues with Toronto, Atlanta and Cincinnati, had a .338 average with eight home runs, 18 RBIs, 31 runs scored and 12 stolen bases in 43 games for Charlotte. The 30-year-old veteran was happy to be back in the big leagues, after signing with the White Sox as a free agent on March 5.
"It feels awesome. It's what everybody plays the game for," said Wise of his return. "I'm just going to take advantage of any opportunity to play. I don't know exactly how long I'm going to be here."
"This is the best guy to help us right now," Guillen added.
Guillen actually told general manager Ken Williams he needed an extra body, told him what he needed and was sent Wise. When asked about Jerry Owens, Guillen said the fleet-footed leadoff man was passed over because he wouldn't play much for the White Sox, and he was hitting only .229 for Charlotte. The White Sox infield was covered with Alexei Ramirez and Pablo Ozuna.
There are no plans to place Konerko on the disabled list. Guillen believes providing him the weekend rest will be enough to get him ready to go by Monday in Cleveland at the latest.
"His hand is starting to bother him a little bit more and it's starting to bother him mentally, too," said Guillen of Konerko. "He hit a couple of balls hard, but every time he had a bad swing ... hopefully with a couple of days off, not off because I might use him as a pinch-hitter, but hopefully he'll get better.
"He's played like that for a little while, and I don't want him to get worse. Now, he's swinging the bat good, a lot better than the last two weeks."
Second baseman Danny Richar also was sent on an injury rehab assignment to Charlotte. Richar has been on the disabled list since March 29 with a fractured left rib.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.