Hahn waiting to see bigger sample size

CHICAGO -- The 3-7, three-city road trip completed by the White Sox was an especially rough one with the loss of second baseman Gordon Beckham and left fielder Dayan Viciedo to injury, not to mention pitching coach Don Cooper's absence because of illness.

On-field results were far from perfect but certainly haven't caused general manager Rick Hahn to begin worrying about his group just 17 games into the season.

"We're all a little disappointed by how the road trip went. I mean, certainly, we didn't expect to go 3-7 on it," Hahn said. "There were some positives in terms of we were in essentially every game.

"Most of the season we've played some very close games. And we showed some resiliency and some fight after starting off 0-5 on that trip and to fight back from there was good to see.

"A couple of breaks here and there, a couple of key hits or a little better execution, and it could have been a winning trip given how close the games were," Hahn said. "With just about 10 percent of the season played, I don't think you can draw any grand conclusions about where things sit right now."

When asked about tinkering with the roster, Hahn mentioned that injuries have already made it fairly easy to tinker.

"It certainly is a temptation to explore other options, but it's way too soon to avert from the plan except when forced to due to injury," Hahn said. "We'd rather get up to at least a 6-8 week sample before you start drawing any sort of long-term conclusions, whether it be the guys who have gotten off to fantastic starts or the guys who have struggled early."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.