Alejandro De Aza was out of the White Sox lineup again Monday, the third game he will miss because of back stiffness, with manager Robin Ventura acknowledging his center fielder could be headed to the disabled list if he doesn’t improve soon.
“A decision will have to be made quickly if he’ll be [unable] to go,” Ventura said before the start of the three-game series against the New York Yankees. “He’s been big for us and a great center fielder.”
Ventura said the team is prepared to recall a player should De Aza not be available soon. Outfielder Jordan Danks would see a likely candidate should a move be required.
Dewayne Wise took De Aza’s place in center field and leading off.
Meanwhile, Kevin Youkilis, who also missed Sunday’s game, was in the lineup Monday.
The Sox are carrying 13 pitchers, which has also shortened Ventura’s bench.