It became obvious to the White Sox players on Thursday's off day that no help was coming.
With Detroit winning while Chicago enjoyed an off day in Seattle, the lead in the AL Central race stretched out to seven games with 34 left to play. The good news is the Sox do get two more cracks at the Tigers head-to-head, but the reality of the situation, as well as Chicago getting swept in the two-game series in Anaheim against the Angels, was like a smack in the face.
"Everybody knows it's going to be tough, especially the way the Tigers have been playing," reliever Jesse Crain said. "It's unfortunate that we haven't put that run together."
The hope was the White Sox would do some damage on their West Coast trip, and then there was even more excitement with the speculation that the Sox had put in a waiver claim for Jason Kubel. The hope was that Kubel could give the Sox some energy.
But with the Sox laying an egg in Los Angeles, whether the news about Kubel was true or not no longer matters. The Sox aren't looking to add anyone to the sinking ship.
The Chicago Sun-Times asked general manager Ken Williams on Wednesday if the speculation of a waiver-wire trade had died, and Williams replied with a one-word text: "Yes."
So what that means moving forward is the only change the roster will have will come on Sept. 1, when the rosters expand and the Sox add from their own farm system.
Manager Ozzie Guillen said that he will spend the final month trying to win every game until the White Sox are mathematically eliminated, no matter what the standings say right now.
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