Injuries have impacted the White Sox as much as any team, but not enough to excuse the team's wobbly offense and defense.
But general manager Rick Hahn is willing to be patient to see if the impending returns of second baseman Gordon Beckham and pitcher John Danks help get things back in sync.
``Inuries are a factor and something everyone has to deal with, but it's tough to truly evaluate where you sit when you don't have that core group together on a regular basis,'' he said Friday. ``We hope to have John and Gordon back by the end of the month and go from there.
``But there are other factors besides health that factor into where things go from here, and that's how the team as a whole is performing based on the 25 guys who are out there on a given night.''
The Sox had one injury behind them Friday with Dayan Viciedo's return from an oblique strain.
Viciedo was 7-for-14 in his last four games before getting injured April 20. But his ,229 average was symptomatic of the team.
``I don't think you expect it to be where we're at right now,'' manager Robin Ventura said. ``We have guys who haven't swung it, doing what they're capable of doing or what you'd expect them to do. You're hoping that changes.''
Hahn points to the ``track record'' of the team's veterans as reason to expect better days ahead.
``We're talking about a team that last year was fourth in the league in runs scored, and there's no reason to believe this permutation of that team is going to end up in the bottom of the league in runs scored,'' he said, adding, ``but it's time to get going.
``You do have to try to let things unfold and give guys the chance to show their true performance level. Obviously, you don't wait for that indefinitely and you don't spend the whole summer hoping that things will get better. But right now there's still the expectation guys will return to their previous norms.''
As important to Ventura is seeing a turn-around in the team's defensive play.
``That's just something that has to clean up,'' he said. ``It's getting better as far as attention to detail and the small things I think are very important.
``They have to understand I think it's important, and you go from there.''
NOTES: Beckham hit off a tee for the first time Friday, with hopes of returning to the team within two weeks.
``There was a lot to like the first day [swinging],'' said Beckham, who had surgery to remove the hamate bone in his left hand. Beckham plans on playing in three or four minor league games before returning. ``A couple weeks from today [is] the goal,'' he said.
--The Sox optioned Jordan Danks to Class AAA Charlotte Friday after activing Viciedo.
Sox trying patience for now
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