The White Sox are going to be expanding their 25-man roster as early as Tuesday, when they open a two-game series at Minnesota.
Look for 5-6 players to come up from the minor leagues, and manager Robin Ventura doesn't want the new faces sitting around in the dugout.
"In September, guys that come up, it's their chance," Ventura said Wednesday before the Sox edged the Indians 3-2 at U.S. Cellular Field, snapping a seven-game losing streak. "I don't think they gain anything, they gain something, but I don't think they gain enough coming up here and just sitting on the bench and watching."
Contending teams rarely bring up many players when rosters are eligible to expand in September, but the White Sox (60-72) are well out of the playoff race.
They're likely to look at players like Carlos Rodon, Andy Wilkins, Marcus Semien, Jared Mitchell and Matt Davidson, even if it means some Sox veterans (Adam Dunn, Alejandro De Aza, Dayan Viciedo, John Danks) have to take a seat.
"If we didn't want it to get to a situation in September where they were going to be calling up young guys, putting guys in, sitting down older guys, then we should be better in the standings," Paul Konerko said. "We should have earned that right and we haven't done that. I don't think anybody can take exception that. It's kind of the way of the baseball world. Everybody knows that and I really don't foresee any problems with that."
Jose Abreu might be getting some additional rest in September, but the White Sox' standout first baseman still deserves plenty of playing time over the final month.
Abreu was 3-for-4 with 2 RBI in the Sox' win over Cleveland. Dunn drove in the other run with an RBI double.
Hector Noesi delivered a strong start for the White Sox, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits in 7 innings.