CHICAGO -- Alexei Ramirez took his first day off of the 2012 season on Sunday, but it was not a choice made by the White Sox shortstop.
"To be honest, I don't like to take a day off. Whether I'm playing well or playing bad, I like to play every day," said Ramirez through translator and White Sox director of cultural development Jackson Miranda. "But it's something that [White Sox manager] Robin [Ventura] came to me and just wanted me to have a day off."
Ramirez returned to face Detroit on Monday, hitting seventh in the order. It could be argued that Ramirez hasn't really hit in any lineup spot this season, carrying a .209 average with one homer and 14 RBIs. But the notorious slow starter feels as if he's primed to get going on a hot streak, possibly starting one with two hits and two runs scored during Monday's 7-5 victory over the Tigers.
"It's not even that," Ramirez said. "It's just things haven't been working out the way I want them to. What can you do but keep on going out there and waiting for it to click?
"You know, I actually get to look at my swings on video from the last few years and my swing looks the same. It looks good. It's just getting a little bit of luck and something at some point will click."