The slumping Chicago White Sox are struggling to find offense from someone other than Carlos Lee. They’ll try to end a five-game losing streak when they resume a four-game series with the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
Chicago’s five-game skid includes a three-game sweep to AL Central-leading Minnesota that dropped the White Sox four games behind the Twins.
Without injured stars Magglio Ordonez and Frank Thomas, Chicago’s offense is struggling to put up runs. The White Sox have been outscored 30 to 13 during their slide, and have scored only 101 runs in July.
“Every time we score a run, it feels like we scored 20 runs the way we hit,” said Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen.
Lee is one of the few White Sox who hasn’t struggled at the plate over the last month. The 28-year-old outfielder has 13 home runs and 25 RBIs in July.
The White Sox traded for outfielder Carl Everett earlier this month to boost their offense, but he has yet to make a major impact. Everett is batting .269 (11-for-41) with two home runs and six RBIs in 11 games with Chicago.
Chicago was held to two runs and five hits in a 3-2 loss to Detroit on Thursday.
Tigers starter Jeff Johnson shut down the White Sox, holding them to two runs and three hits in six innings.
“I felt the back tighten up on me,” said Rodriguez, who leads the AL with a .352 batting average. “The trainer told me not to take a chance, so I left the game.”
Rodriguez said he could play Friday, but Tigers manager Alan Trammell disagreed.
“He is unlikely to play tomorrow,” said Trammell. “I want to give him a day.”