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Fields and Dye out

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08_deer_03.jpgKANSAS CITY, Mo. - Not only did the White Sox leave Texas losing two-of-three, but also bruised.
Specifically the left hands of both Jermaine Dye and Josh Fields, who were each plunked by Rangers pitchers in back-to-back games.
The news on each was good, as x-rays were negative in both cases. That didn't mean either was ready to play in the Royals series on Monday, however.
"J.D. is day-by-day, feels better, swung the bat a little bit,'' manger Ozzie Guillen said. "Josh, he's a little sore when he was in the clubhouse. I don't expect him to play this series. But J.D., hopefully he'll be ready to play Tuesday and can pinch-hit today.''
With two men down, Jayson Nix was forced into action at third base, a position he played nine times over the last three years in the minor leagues, while Brent Lillibridge was in center field and Scott Podsednik was in right.
Nix was actually brought to the ballpark earlier in the afternoon and worked out at third with bench coach Joey Cora to see where he was at defensively over there. A natural second baseman, Nix at least showed that he would be able to survive.
"We try to put the best guys out there,'' Guillen said. "Nix, we're going to try to figure out if he can play third base. Joey said he will help us out playing third, short and second.''
That's bad news for Brent Lillibridge, because when Brian Anderson [strained right oblique] is ready to come off the 15-day disabled list, unless Lillibridge starts hitting the ball on the ground and using his legs to get on base, he will likely be the odd man out.
Guillen was impressed with Nix as far back as mid-spring until the injured right quadriceps put him on the shelf.

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