Brent Lillibridge went 0-for-3 on Sunday as his seven-game hitting streak came to an end. Scott Boehm~Getty Images
Updated: July 15, 2011 12:03AM
Mark Teahen returned from the disabled list Sunday after recovering from a strained oblique, and the team optioned relief pitcher Jeff Marquez to Class AAA Charlotte.
‘‘We have confidence in the starters to cover innings, and that’s why we sent him back,’’ Guillen said.
Having Teahen back gives Guillen options to rest some starters without relying so heavily on Omar Vizquel to cover infielders.
Paul Konerko also returned to action after missing two games following a procedure Friday to dislodge bone fragments in his left wrist. Teahen’s return will give Guillen another option at first in addition to Adam Dunn.
Teahen played five games at third base and one each at first, right field and left field during his minor-league rehab, but swinging was his greater concern.
‘‘I worked my way through it, but eight days in a row it held up well and got better as I played,’’ he said. ‘‘It was annoying because you have to do nothing at first to make sure it heals. There was more danger in swinging, but it’s feeling good now.’’
Brent Lillibridge has made himself into a supersub, starting in center field Sunday for Alex Rios after starting the first two games of the series in right field. But as well as he is playing, Guillen believes his value continues to be as a backup.
‘‘Every time we put him in the lineup every day, all of a sudden he had more strikeouts than Jim Thome and Adam Dunn put together,’’ Guillen said. ‘‘Hopefully, he’ll continue to do what he’s doing now. Lillibridge doesn’t play every day, but the way he plays, he should be. Am I going to pencil him in every day? No. If we put Lillibridge in every day, that means Dunn is not doing his job, Rios is not doing his job. That’s not a good thing for us.
‘‘I love Lilli right now, and everybody does. But if Lilli is playing every day, somebody [else] is doing a really bad job.’’
Lillibridge’s seven-game hitting streak ended Sunday, when he went 0-for-3.
Roger Bossard has been heralded for his pristine baseball fields and his expertise in building sports fields of all kinds. But the Sox’s famous groundskeeper is about to get the most unique of sports honors: his own bobblehead doll.
Bossard will become the first groundskeeper in baseball to be honored with the popular toy Sunday before the Sox’ game against the Oakland Athletics. Bossard has been with the Sox for 45 years.