Palka isn't in Saturday's starting lineup against the Cubs. Palka will catch a breather with left-hander Jon Lester slated to toe the rubber for the opposition. Welington Castillo slots in as the designated hitter and Kevan Smith draws the start behind the dish with Palka on the bench.
Palka hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in Friday's win over the Cubs. The blast was his fourth as a pinch hitter this season -- setting a new White Sox record -- and his 27th homer overall, which leads major-league rookies. His defense in the outfield remains an adventure, but Palka's production at the plate puts him on the radar for a gig as the primary designated hitter next season.
Palka is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Cubs. Palka and his .191/.276/.294 slash line against lefties will take a seat for the series opener against Jose Quintana and the Cubs. Another left-hander in Jon Lester will take the mound Saturday, leaving Palka in an undesirable position, even if he does start. Kevan Smith will bat sixth as the designated hitter Friday.
Palka went 1-for-4 with a walk and a solo home run in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Indians. Palka, who was removed from his previous game with oblique soreness, slotted in at third in the order, taking the spot of Jose Abreu, who is sidelined by an infection in his thigh. Whatever pain Palka had been feeling did not impact his power stroke as he launched his third homer in the last two games. With Abreu set to miss at least the next two games, there will be an opportunity for Palka to add to his AL-rookie-leading 25 homers.
Palka remains in the lineup Tuesday against Cleveland despite tweaking his side Sunday against Baltimore. Palka was pulled from Sunday's game but won't wind up missing more than just a few innings. He'll bat third and be the designated hitter for Tuesday's game.
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