General manager Ken Williams arrived in New York at the start of the White Sox's series there this week and assured the coaching staff and manager Ozzie Guillen that their jobs were safe, that cleaning up the team's slow start was on the players.
The White Sox split four games in the Bronx and were hammered 12-3 in the series finale, and they return home 10-16 thanks to a 3-8 road trip. Worst news? They don't head back to Chicago in the best of health, either.
Guillen said after the game that reliever Tony Pena possibly has tendinitis in his right elbow and outfielder Alex Rios has aggravated the same left big toe that has been bothering him. Both were going to be re-examined Friday.
"Terrible," Guillen said of the trip. "We finished (the trip) the way we started -- very bad. We didn't plan it that way. We thought we would play better. We knew it was going be a tough road trip because of the teams we face, but we're not hitting. We struggle at the plate. Hopefully we turn things around at home."
It couldn't get any worse, as the Sox hit .199 on the trip and were outscored 51-23. Considering the way things went in Tampa Bay and Detroit, splitting the four-game series with New York was actually the highlight.
"When you go on the road trip we went on, realistically, if we came off it 5-6 or 6-5, that's a pretty good road trip with those teams," team captain Paul Konerko said. "But it was more of a collapse. We salvaged a couple here in New York.
"It's been a bad couple of weeks. It's been bad up to this point as a whole for the season, but that doesn't mean tomorrow has to be. It's way too early to get discouraged or to say, 'OK, this is going to be the team for the season.'"
But the question remains: How long will Williams allow this to happen with a $125 million payroll and a team that is playing far below expectations?
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