NEW YORK -- It has become something White Sox center fielder Alex Rios just has to come to grips with -- he's going to play with at least some pain in his left big toe.
Rios, who entered Monday's game batting just .160 with no homers and four RBIs in 21 games, was given a day off Sunday but returned to Ozzie Guillen's lineup the following night for the opener of a four-game series against the Yankees in the Bronx.
Rios has been experiencing soreness in that toe for about five years, since he played regularly on the turf in Toronto, and he said nothing the White Sox have tried to alleviate the pain has worked -- including the injection of a gel into the toe.
"It's the same pain every day," Rios said. "But it's nothing that's going to take me out of the game. I've had it for years."