Gillaspie out of lineup with sore right knee

Gillaspie out of lineup with sore right knee

BOSTON -- Conor Gillaspie had noticeably better movement getting around the visitors' clubhouse at Fenway Park on Monday in comparison to when he took a Dominic Leone pitch off of his right knee in Sunday's 1-0 victory over the Mariners. Gillaspie left that game and was out of Monday's lineup.

"He's moving a little better," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "But he's sore, and we just felt it was better to give him today and make sure he's able to get out there and move around and dive and do all that stuff. He's pretty sore today."

Gillaspie had X-rays on the knee that showed no break. He has some swelling in the joint on a pitch that ricocheted off his knee and bounced high into the air, sounding as bad as it looked.

"It's not pleasant," Ventura said. "Hopefully, by tomorrow he should be fine. By the miracle of [White Sox head athletic trainer] Herm [Schneider], he might be able to pinch-hit tonight. He probably could. I don't know if he'd stay in there, but he might be able to pinch-hit."

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