Alejandro De Aza, Alexei Ramirez sit with wrist injuries
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org July 28, 2012 11:12PM
Eduardo Escobar throws out a runner at first base in his last game with the White Sox. | Layne Murdoch~Getty Images
Sox at Rangers
The facts: 6:05, CSN, 670-AM.
The pitchers: Gavin Floyd (8-8, 4.46 ERA) vs. Scott Feldman (4-6, 5.37).
Updated: August 30, 2012 6:35AM
ARLINGTON, Texas — Center fielder Alejandro De Aza and shortstop Alexei Ramirez were out of the starting lineup Saturday, the night after they collided in short center field. Both had their left wrists wrapped and treated.
De Aza, who left Friday’s game, was unavailable and might not play Sunday. Manager Robin Ventura said he expects Ramirez, who stayed in the game and hit a home run, will play Sunday. Ramirez tested the wrist in the batting cage Saturday and wasn’t able to go.
A.J. Pierzynski, who has missed four games with a strained right oblique, is expected to start Sunday night.
“It still bothers me a little bit, but it’s better,” De Aza said. “We’ll see today after treatment.’’
Eduardo Escobar started at shortstop and led off. Jordan Danks started in center and batted ninth.
Tried hard for Greinke
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that no general manager worked harder to try to get Greinke than the Sox’ Ken Williams.
“Evidently not hard enough,’’ Williams said in an email to the Sun-Times.
Melvin said the Sox couldn’t produce a match, even in a three-team deal.
‘‘Kenny worked really hard at it,’’ Melvin said. ‘‘I probably received as many texts from him as anybody. There just wasn’t a match. [Bringing in a third team] gets complicated in that kind of deal.’’
Williams, who already has bolstered the roster with trades for Kevin Youkilis and Brett Myers, is shifting his attention elsewhere. Starting pitching is his priority. His attempt at Greinke shows the Sox aren’t financially strapped. The Angels picked up more than $4.5 million of the $13.5 million Greinke has left on his contract.
Chris Sale will pitch on the normal four days of rest for the first time since June 27 when the Sox close their six-game road trip Wednesday in Minnesota. The following day is the first of three Thursday off days in August.
“It’s a day earlier, but it doesn’t mean anything,’’ Sale said. “It’s normal, so it should be fine.
Sale’s 124 innings are second on the team to Jake Peavy’s 140. This is Sale’s first season as a starter.
The Sox have no specific plan to give Sale an extended rest as they did around the All-Star break, but they will back off his workload if he needs rest.
“I’m just kind of going by what they’ve got for me,’’ Sale said. “It’s something we haven’t talked about recently or at all. There may come a time for that, and we’ll handle it when it gets to it.’’
Gavin Floyd, who makes his second start Sunday night since coming off the disabled list after a bout with elbow tendinitis, was on his normal schedule between starts and said the elbow felt good.
◆ The Sox were the only team in the majors who had five players with 15 or more home runs through Friday: Adam Dunn had 30 and Paul Konerko, Alex Rios, Dayan Viciedo and A.J. Pierzynski each had 16.
Dunn hit his 31st and Konerko his 17th Saturday.
◆ The Sox played their 100th game Saturday and spent their 58th day in first place in the American League Central. They were in first four days last season and for 33 in 2010.