Tuesday, June 3, 2008


Could there be a dramatic lineup change on the horizon? With Ozzie Guillen vocally displeased with his lineup, I would say that it seems inevitable.

They could bring Jerry Owens back up to put potential speed at the top of the lineup. At this point, I'm not sure how well that would work. Maybe down the road, but I think the Sox want to keep Owens in AAA for awhile to make sure he's consistent after his injuries.

One intriguing option would be Brad Eldred. He is an RBI machine this year in the minors. The Sox could put Paul Konerko on the disabled list and bring Brad up in his place. This could give Paul's hand injury the proper time to heal.

When the hand is healed, Paul could do a rehab assignment at AAA. If Thome is still around .200, then maybe slide Paul into the DH role if Brad Eldred is hot. If Brad is cold at the plate, he would be sent down. A healed Paul Konerko is potentially a hot hitting Paul Konerko.

At this point, I think the Sox would be willing to try drastic measures to keep afloat on top of the AL Central. Carlos Quentin has been doing an admirable job carrying the team on his shoulders, but that won't work all year. Nick Swisher needs to find a way to relax and let the hits come to him.

Let's face it, the Sox have been staying in most games until the final out, but just falling short a good chunk of the time. If the Sox hitters were able to get those few hits when they meant the most in the game, then the Sox would hold the best record in baseball. They wouldn't be clinging to first place by the skin of their teeth.

Besides, I would love to own a Brad Eldred White Sox card in the near future. There aren't a lot of options in the farm system, but the Sox may get lucky with this one.

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