In a pinch, pitchers may grab a bat

In a pinch, pitchers may grab a bat

In a pinch, pitchers may grab a bat
CHICAGO -- With Brent Morel and Paul Konerko out of action, the White Sox entered Saturday's game against the Cubs having just 11 healthy position players. Brent Lillibridge and Tyler Flowers provide a little versatility defensively off the bench, but manager Robin Ventura indicated that he may have to go to a pitcher in a pinch-hit role this weekend.

"We might have a couple of pitchers take some batting practice," Ventura said. "We'll be creative today. [Gavin] Floyd is a pretty good hitter. He'd be available if we need something."

When reporters looked at Ventura in some disbelief, he stressed that Floyd legitimately could be a hitting possibility.

"I'm serious," Ventura said. "Floyd is the No. 1 Draft pick, fantasy league."