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Guillen hopes to get Jones on right track

Guillen hopes to get Jones on right track

ARLINGTON -- At-bats turned out to be scarce for Andruw Jones during June, as did hits.

The veteran outfielder, who had nine home runs by May 5, has hit just one since that home victory over Kansas City and watched his average drop from the .270 range to a season-low .194 after finishing 0-for-4 in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Rangers. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen gave Jones a start in right for Saturday's contest, resting Carlos Quentin, who had a bit of a left elbow bruise after getting hit by a Neftali Feliz pitch in the ninth inning of Friday's 5-3 win.

Along with allowing Quentin to recover, Guillen also hopes to get Jones going again.

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"He went down pretty fast," Guillen said of Jones, who has three hits in 44 at-bats over his past 19 games. "In the meanwhile, when Andruw was struggling, a couple of guys started swinging the bats better, making it not too comfortable for him. I have to start playing those guys.

"Hopefully, Andruw will start swinging the bat better. I know when you are not playing and you have one at-bat every other week, it's not easy to go out there and perform. That's why it will be tough for him.

"I'll try to find a place to play him back-to back days to see what he can do," Guillen said. "In the meanwhile, it's hard because guys are swinging the bats good. But when you're not playing every day, especially in the American League, I don't expect any guy to go out there and have a career night."

Jones' recent slump, factored in with Mark Teahen returning from the disabled list shortly after the All-Star break, could leave the slugger sitting two home runs short of 400 for his career on the proverbial roster bubble. While Guillen said it's too early to even think about such a decision, with Brent Lillibridge and Dayan Viciedo also lumped in that mix, Jones figures to stay on as the team's lone true fourth outfielder and possibly its best defensive player at that position.

Guillen would like to see Jones' bat once again have close to the same impact as his glove.

"He's going through a tough time," Guillen said. "Hopefully, he'll come out there and get good at-bats. If he does, I might get him back-to-back games and keep him in the lineup."

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