Lingering back soreness slowing Morel

Lingering back soreness slowing Morel

CHICAGO -- The season-long slump endured by Brent Morel, leaving him with a .177 average and just two extra-base hits, clearly goes beyond shortcomings at the plate. Morel has been bothered by back soreness since Spring Training.

"Yeah, it started a little bit in Spring Training," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of Morel's struggles. "You saw his swing kind of slow down and then you could see it going that way.

"Then it seemed like he was doing OK and you could see it when he'd get in the cage every once in a while. In Cleveland, we noticed it again so we just got to get a handle on it."

Morel was placed on the disabled list retroactive to May 18 with a lumbar back strain, but an MRI on May 10 showed a bulging disk.

Ventura said that Morel won't lose his starting job to injury, but neither Morel nor Ventura know whether he will be able to return immediately after his DL stint. Morel had planned to talk with White Sox head athletic trainer Herm Schneider on Tuesday about his specific rehab plan.