Davidson's return pushed back after soreness

Davidson's return pushed back after soreness

CHICAGO -- Don't look for Matt Davidson's sore right wrist to allow him to return to the White Sox lineup during a two-game series in Los Angeles beginning Tuesday against the Dodgers.

The White Sox third baseman/designated hitter, who leads the team with 22 home runs, talked this week about that potential comeback target after being out of action since getting hit by a Marcus Stroman pitch on Aug. 1. But White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Saturday Davidson had a bit of a setback.

"He started to kind of swing [Friday] and felt a little something, so we're going to push it back," Renteria said. "Right now I couldn't give you a time certain to when he will return, but just know that he's still feeling it a little bit.

"What steps we take we haven't set quite yet. But right now he's taking a step back and we're going to make sure that he's feeling very good about where he's at physically."

Davidson was in Sunday's lineup against the Red Sox but was scratched. The team is responding to the symptoms at this point, per Renteria, and trying to let some of the tenderness in the wrist calm down.

"We don't like the little setbacks, but the truth is the body is telling you what the body is telling you and you've got to listen to it," Renteria said. "He was hopeful, he was very excited. He wanted to try to get back there as soon as possible.

"We're going to listen to him. We're going to allow him to kind of get back on track as he needs."

Lopez looking for efficiency, effectiveness

Reynaldo Lopez had 10 at-bats during which he threw three pitches or fewer to Royals hitters in Friday's impressive six-inning White Sox debut. Lopez's pitch count will be elevated at times as a strikeout pitcher, but even as he learns more efficiency, Renteria doesn't want to take away the ability of what he does naturally.

"He threw 103 pitches yesterday through six," Renteria said, "but he didn't look very stressed. He looked very good.

"You hope in certain instances maybe you can carry 100 or 103 pitches into seven or eight innings. But you take what he gives you. Obviously he gave us a very, very good outing for his first one with the White Sox."

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.