White Sox utility player Brent Lillibridge's season came to an abrupt end on Thursday night after he suffered a broken hand in the Sox' 8-1 win against the visiting Cleveland Indians.
Lillibridge was hit by a pitch from Indians reliever Josh Judy during in the seventh inning. He remained in the game and scored on Paul Konerko's grand slam that followed, but was removed after the inning.
X-rays revealed a fracture on the outer part of his right hand.
"It hurt bad and got checked out," Lillibridge said, fighting tears of disappointment after the game. "It's frustrating, but I'll be around as much as I can."
Lillibridge has played all three outfield positions, two infield spots and designated hitter. He started at five positions and batted .258 with 13 homers. He was a hero in New York, where he made game-saving catches in right field to preserve a victory against the Yankees.
"You feel terrible for Lillibridge,'' Konerko said. "He's having a great year, he's swinging the bat great. I guess the only good thing about it is it's toward the end here where we are not far away from the end of the year. But it would have been nice to see him finish up the year he's having.''
"I'm blessed, obviously,'' Lillibridge said. "I did so well and just wanted to finish. I really saw, being kind of out of it, to play more and do more damage. But it wasn't in the plans. I was very blessed with the season I've had and what I've done for the White Sox and I'll come back for next year. I'll be ready and competitive."