Before I address some of my audienceís contemporary questions, let me ask one of my own:
Q. Whatís with all these injuries?
Obviously, thereís no real reason they happen. They just happen. And it so happens that the White Sox are experiencing a phase in which six of their players are on the disabled list, including two starters in the rotation (Gavin Floyd and John Danks).
Now, depending on the severity of Floydís elbow injury, thereís a possibility both he and Danks ó whoís beginning a rehab assignment with Birmingham this week ó return around the same time.
For a team thatís been remarkably healthy over the last decade, itís a considerable blow.
No use whining about it, though. Theyíll just have to find a way to tread water until everyone returns. The Sox are not the only team thatíll deal with it this season.
Now, letís move on to a couple of the common and current concerns from fans:
Q. Will this defense get better?
Honestly, it should. Iím having a difficult time understanding why a team that was as steady as it was last season, is having such a rough start to 2013.
Usually, defense is not something that simply disappears from one year to the next, provided the teamís personnel hasnít experienced a whole lot of turnover.
Iím inclined to think theyíll eventually solidify that aspect of their game. And to be perfectly direct, this isnít a team that can afford to be a poor defensive team this year. Not if they want any real chance at the division.
Reason being: they just donít score enough.
The only thing they can do as a club is continue to work at it and to relax. As long as they donít let defense become a ďthingĒ [Thing (thing) noun. see: Chuck Knoblauch] they should be all right. Hopefully, sooner rather than later, because itís costing them wins in the meantime.
Q. Canít the Sox just releaÖ
NO. The White Sox cannot just release Adam Dunn. I mean, they could, but they could also try to sell the team to me for a dollar. In other words, it wouldnít make a whole lot of sense, and it wouldnít happen anyway.
There are a dozen reasons why they shouldnít/wouldnít, and the last four days are an indication of reason number one: itís highly unlikely that heíll be an unproductive player this year.
Granted, it is just four games, but has Dunn, at any other time this season, put together that many consecutive days like this? A couple of home runs, 5 total hits, 5 runs batted in, and 6 walks makes for a pretty good four-game period. Itís certainly more Dunn-like.
The previous four days does not, in any way, predict the rest of this season. But what it does suggest is that he is still capable of having good at-bats on a number of consecutive days, which, in turn, suggests he can still put it together for the majority of the season.
This is why one should never write (or speak) the words ďAdam Dunn (or any player, for that matter) is doneĒ any time before the month of May.
I donít know how Dunnís entire season will unfold, but what I do know is that itís a mistake to ignore one of the most important virtues in baseball: patience.
ü Chris Rongey is the host of the White Sox pregame and postgame shows on WSCR 670-AM The Score. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisRongey and at chrisrongey.com.Copyright © 2013 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.