MESA, Ariz. -- What was assumed to be official White Sox news became just that prior to Thursday's 8-7 loss to the Cubs at HoHoKam Stadium, when manager Ozzie Guillen announced Brent Morel as the team's starting third baseman.
Apparently, everyone but Morel knows this starting fact to be true.
"I haven't heard it from [Guillen], so we'll wait and see," said Morel, whose two hits on Thursday raised his Cactus League average to .286. "I kind of know my role, and do what I can to help the team win."
Mark Teahen will fill the super-sub role, playing third base, first base and the outfield. Guillen plans to protect Morel against tough right-handed pitchers, but won't use the left-handed-hitting Teahen only against those high-end hurlers.
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As a left-handed-hitting bench player later in his career, Guillen knows how tough that particular challenge can become.
"Obviously he's going to face tough ones, but I'm going to give him pitchers he can handle," Guillen said. "It's not fair to play Mo against the normal ones and the big boys come up and Teahen is in the lineup.
"Teahen will be here just for his offense. Moving around to different positions, it's hard for everyone. We don't expect him to be a Gold Glove. We expect him to do the best he can. There's no doubt if this kid [Morel] makes the ballclub, he has to play every day."