The White Sox announced Friday that they will place Thomas on the 15-day DL with inflammation in his left ankle Saturday, retroactive to July 7. If he does not feel better after several weeks of rest, Thomas could be forced to undergo season-ending surgery.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. “I hope not. I don’t want anyone to have surgery.”
Thomas originally hurt the ankle running the bases on June 17 and then re-aggravated it last week in Minnesota. He has just four hits in his last 34 at-bats and has not played since July 6.
“We are going to miss his bat. Frank is one of the best hitters in the game,” said Ordonez, who returned to Chicago’s lineup Friday after being activated Thursday.
Ordonez, who missed 36 games after tearing cartilage in his left knee, took over Thomas’ designated hitter role and went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the White Sox’s 6-2 win.
“Not too many players come out like that on live pitching,” Guillen said. “Hopefully, he can continue to do that and make my lineup stronger.”
Carlos Lee added two homers and five RBIs for the White Sox, who have won two straight since a five-game losing streak.
Jolbert Cabrera and Randy Winn homered for the Mariners, who have lost a season-high seven straight games. Seattle is 20 games below .500 for the first time since Aug. 5, 1994, and has lost 10 straight on the road.