Bobby Jenks and the White Sox received good news Saturday, even while manager Ozzie Guillen prepared for the worst.
Results of Jenks' MRI and CT scan on his ailing left scapula were both negative. According to White Sox trainer Herm Schneider, Jenks should be ready when the White Sox begin a three-game series Tuesday at Kansas City.
Guillen said his team's bullpen, which has been a pleasant surprise this season, could handle a DL stint for their closer. The bullpen entered Saturday leading the American League with a 2.71 ERA.
"We have people here," Guillen said. "(Octavio) Dotel can close, (Scott) Linebrink can close, (Matt) Thornton can close."
Jenks, who hasn't pitched since last Sunday against the Cubs, said his shoulder feels better. He is 2-0 with a 1.95 ERA and 18 saves in 21 chances.
On the mend: Bobby Jenks isn't the only player the White Sox hope to have back next week. After a 2-for-3 night in his first game on his rehabilitation assignment at Class AAA Charlotte on Friday, Paul Konerko followed by going 1-for-2 with 2 RBI and 2 walks Saturday.
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen expects Konerko to return Tuesday.
Ozzie's ideas: With the All-Star Game coming July 15 and homefield advantage in the World Series riding on the outcome, Guillen has his own plan for determining home field.
"Why don't they put the homefield advantage in the World Series whoever wins the most games in interleague?" Guillen said. "One game shouldn't decide everything. Why don't they compete, American League, National League, whoever wins the most games. Then it would be more fun. More interesting. Because one game is hard."
Guillen managed the American League to a 3-2 win in Pittsburgh two years ago. He left with a new respect for the intensity, and said it would be there without homefield in the World Series on the line.
"The fans think the players go to the All-Star Game and just have fun. They are crazy," Guillen said. "They don't want to get beat by the other league. They are proud of the league they represent."
The rule book says: When Jermaine Dye tumbled into the stands while making a running catch in foul territory in the fourth inning, the fans' first reaction was to cheer wildly. Their second was to wonder how Ryan Sweeney wound up going from first to second base. Umpires awarded Sweeney second base after the momentum of Dye's catch took him into the first row.
Rule 704C states a runner is entitled to one base if a fielder leaves the field of play after making a catch.