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Pierre's job on shaky ground

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Roster Report · Pierre's job on shaky ground · Notes, Quotes

Juan Pierre went 1-for-4 Monday night in the White Sox's 4-0 loss to Texas, but was that enough for manager Ozzie Guillen to keep the struggling outfielder in the starting lineup or atop the lineup?

After the game, Guillen only said that the team was looking at every change possible.

Before the game, however, Guillen indicated that Pierre's job could be in jeopardy if the veteran's inconsistent play continued.

"We talked about it; we think about it," Guillen said. "But in the meantime, (Omar) Vizquel is going to (bat first)? I don't want to unplug the thing with (Pierre) right now. Maybe later I have to do it. I'm going to give him a couple more games. We talked to him about it, and we'll see how that works. If that thing is necessary, obviously I have to do my job and we'll see what we can do."

That's the major problem with the Sox right now. If they did move Pierre to the No. 9 spot or out of the lineup completely, who would be the leadoff hitter? Vizquel has been playing well, but Guillen said the team can't rely on the 44-year-old to be an everyday player.

Vizquel has been playing more than they anticipated, again getting work at third base over struggling rookie Brent Morel.

Pierre gave the Sox a threat last season, even though he was a liability defensively at times. This season, his defense has even gotten worse, plus he's not hitting. That's a bad combo. Even with the hit Monday, Pierre is batting just .152 over his last eight games and .198 over his last 27 games.

On Sunday, he hit into two double plays for just the second time in his career, and he was picked off of first base.

How long Guillen is willing to stay with him is now the big question.

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