CINCINNATI - Scott Linebrink will stay in the eighth-inning set-up role, despite his struggles the last week, according to manager Ozzie Guillen.
"He's struggling,'' Guillen said of the .318 batting average Linebrink's surrendered the last week. "He knows. I talked to him [Thursday] after the game. He just needs to throw strikes, and he knows that. He's got to be around the plate more often. He's a veteran pitcher and when you're not around the plate, you're going to get hurt. He's got to work a bit on his command. See what's wrong by watching tape. Not because he got punished [Thursday] and the day before, I'm not going to pull the cord on him. That's not professional, and when he's out there, he hasn't had many bad games. He's just had a bad week.''
Reason for concern?
According to starting pitcher John Danks, younger brother Jordan Danks spent Friday in Chicago getting his wrist examined, with the results expected on Saturday.
Jordan Danks, drafted in 2008, had been yet another one of the wave of talented players coming up through the Sox system, but about two weeks ago, started experiencing pain in the wrist on a check swing in Class AA Birmingham.
"He just said it didn't feel right,'' John Danks said. "I look at the numbers almost every morning, and ever since he started complaining about the wrist the numbers had gone down. He was at like .340 and now .308. Hopefully, they can figure it out.''
There was talk that Jordan could be a possible late-season call-up if he continued his fast-track, but now they just want to make sure there isn't a health issue that would sideline him.