With two more hits from DeWayne Wise on his first two at-bats on Tuesday, as well as the news that Paul Konerko is on schedule to come off the 15-day disabled list, Uribe could be the odd-man out.
Manager Ozzie Guillen was discussing the difficulty of getting equal playing time to both Pablo Ozuna and Uribe, and said this: Its kind of hard for both. I wish I could play them more in the lineup. Ozuna, he gives me a lot of stuff. Obviously, if that decision had to be made tomorrow it would be a tough decision to make. Theyre not going to see too many at-bats. We sat down with Uribe and I explained to him the situation and he took it like a champ, and I appreciate the way he took it.
I mean its not easy when youre going to be a free agent, sit on the bench and lose your job and take it the way hes taking it. Work hard, pinch hit when he has to pinch hit, not complain, but on the other side, I love this kid. I really love Uribe. Were going to try to do the best we can to have better stuff for him maybe here or somewhere else. Im not going to say somewhere else because Im not making the move, but Im trying to find playing time here. Thats why I might play him at third base a little bit.
The one point Guillen did stress is that when Konerko is ready to return which seems soon since he was already taking dry swings on Tuesday afternoon – the team will stay with 12 pitchers.
For me pitching is the most important, Guillen said. The way were going, I dont want to break anything up down there. I dont think it will be a pitching spot.
It doesnt sound like it would be Wise, either.
Oooh, I dont know, he added, when asked if Wise was the odd man out. I love the way this kid is playing, I do. He can bring a lot of stuff. He brings good speed, good defense in the outfield, he gives me good at-bats. He gives me a chance to do a lot of things.