Morel not pressing despite slow offensive start

Morel not pressing despite slow offensive start

Morel not pressing despite slow offensive start
CHICAGO -- The two hits in 19 at-bats and eight strikeouts for Brent Morel through six games don't exactly have the young White Sox third baseman in a state of panic.

In fact, Morel knows there will be other slumps of this same nature over the course of a 162-game season. This one just happens to draw a little more attention at the outset.

"You can be hitting .800 after three games or .000," Morel said. "It's just kind of over the course of the year you are going to average out what you are capable of doing. It's just a matter of time.

"I just had a bad couple of games there. It all kind of piled up quick. It's just kind of the way it is."

Morel made a little adjustment with his swing before the last game in Cleveland. And while he finished 0-for-3, he was still able to get on base and score three times. Morel was 1-for-3 with an RBI in Friday's 5-2, home-opening victory over Detroit.

One certainty is that Morel's slight back issue, which first emerged during Spring Training, is not hampering him at all through the season's first week.

"No, it's just kind of preventive right now," Morel said. "It has been feeling really good. It bothered me in Spring Training a little bit, but I haven't felt anything since."

"You get excited the first week," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura, explaining Morel's struggles. "You want to maybe do a little more than you should. He'll be fine. He's a good player and I know he'll be fine."