Dye leaves early with knot in calf

Dye leaves early with knot in calf

CHICAGO -- Jermaine Dye left in the second inning of Wednesday's series finale against the Indians before even getting his first at-bat against Cleveland starter Cliff Lee, departing with what was described as a small knot in his left calf after Cleveland's 4-3 victory in 11 innings.

According to athletic trainer Herm Schneider, speaking through a team spokesman, Dye will come into U.S. Cellular Field during Thursday's off-day for further treatment. More will be known about Dye's status for Friday's contest in Kansas City following that session.

"I think it's a little tight," said Guillen of Dye, who was not in the clubhouse after Wednesday's setback. "I hope it's just tight. It was a little tight [today] and he couldn't perform."

Rob Mackowiak took over in right field for Dye and finished with one hit in five at-bats. Mackowiak hit into what would be a fielder's choice at the plate with the bases loaded in the sixth and walked to load the bases with two outs in the ninth. Mackowiak added that he had no prior knowledge of Dye's injury before he was told to enter the game.

Third baseman Joe Crede also missed Wednesday's game with the flu, which relegated him to the trainer's room for almost all of the pregame. Guillen started Pablo Ozuna in place of Crede.

"He doesn't have a fever, but I'd rather him get better," said Guillen of Crede. "We have guys to cover that space. We have Mackowiak and [Alex] Cintron. We have to cover up enough."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.