ST. PETERSBURG -- A brief mental-health break for rookie Brent Morel extended to a third straight game on Thursday, with Mark Teahen getting the call at third. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has made it clear that Morel is his starting third baseman, and he hopes Morel will respond positively to this respite, just as he did during a brief Spring Training break when he was struggling at the plate.
"He will be back tomorrow," said Guillen, who will send Morel and his 1-for-16 slump against Justin Verlander in Detroit on Friday. "The thing is that Teahen played well yesterday and made a couple of nice plays. I need a bat. I need a lefty in the lineup. I need to get my offense going and that's the reason he's going back at third base."