Rios taking mental break as struggles continue

Rios taking mental break as struggles continue

CHICAGO -- White Sox center fielder Alex Rios will get a few days off after his struggles at the plate continued on Saturday night as he went 0-for-3, grounding into a pair of double plays.

Manager Ozzie Guillen made it clear that he wasn't taking Rios out of the lineup for a lack of production, but he simply wanted to give his outfielder a few days off because of the growing frustration Rios has shown with himself. Guillen spoke to his center fielder after Friday night's game about his body language on the field and slamming a Gatorade container in the dugout after a first-inning groundout with the bases loaded.

"I give the players the best opportunity to go out there," Guillen said. "But I think Rios, right now, mentally, is very frustrated, very disappointed. I'm going to give him a couple-day break to hopefully recover and get his stuff together."

Guillen has said Rios' struggles are especially frustrating because he has been making mostly good contact with the ball, but hasn't found the gaps. He has struck out only one time in his last 43 at-bats, but also has only eight hits in that time.

"I talked to him [on Saturday] about the plans we have," Guillen said. "So, hopefully, when he comes back in the lineup, he's ready to play."

Brent Lillibridge, who had homered three times during a seven-game hitting streak, took Rios' spot in center field on Sunday, batting sixth, but went 0-for-3.