The White Sox try to avoid a season-high fourth straight loss as they play without their leadoff hitter when they continue a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins.
Podsednik was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday due to a strained muscle in his left leg. The All-Star left fielder leads the majors with 54 stolen base, but has been caught nine times in his last 13 attempts
“It wasn’t real hard to make a decision. It’s been nagging on me for quite some time now and it got to the point where I can’t continue on,” Podsednik said. “I have probably been running 60 to 70 percent so it’s matter of getting in there and getting some treatment on it and gaining some strength back.”
The move was made retroactive to Aug. 13. Podsednik is batting just .190 (8-for-42) with 10 strikeouts and only one walk over his last 10 games.
“In a different situation we probably could’ve pushed it with him and he could’ve gone out and still competed, but it was clear that he was not operating on all cylinders,” general manager Kenny Williams said.
The White Sox have matched their longest losing streak of the season after dropping the series opener, 4-2 on Monday. Chicago has dropped 11 of their last 17 home games.
Although the third-place Twins still trail the first-place White Sox by 14 games, Chicago is not assuming that the AL Central race is over with 12 meetings left against the reigning three-time division champions.
“It’s not over yet,” White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. “They are going to have a run in them. We play them a lot of times and these games are important.”
Chicago starter Freddy Garcia is 0-2 with a 5.79 ERA over his last four home starts. Garcia has surrendered 13 of his 19 homers at U.S. Cellular Field.
The 29-year-old right-hander’s last outing may have been his best of the season. Garcia yielded an unearned run and six hits over eight innings in a 2-1, 10-inning win at the New York Yankees.
“Freddy was outstanding,” Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. “That was one of the best I’ve ever seen him throw. That’s the Freddy we like to see.”
Twins outfielder Jacque Jones missed his fourth straight game Monday due to a strained oblique muscle in his right side and is not expected to see action in this series. Jones felt sore after taking batting practice Monday.
“That’s the safest thing to do with Jacque,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We’re not going to push the issue. We all know when adrenaline starts flowing, it’s a bit different than taking BP.”