(MCT) CHICAGO — More injuries, more opportunities.
That's probably the only positive aspect of the injuries to White Sox reliever Jesse Crain and slugger Paul Konerko that landed them on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday.
Nate Jones and Matt Lindstrom will split the eighth-inning duties handled by Crain. For Jones, this is the next step in his ascent as a reliever.
David Purcey, a first-round pick of the Blue Jays in 2004, was promoted from Triple-A Charlotte and has a chance to secure the second left-handed reliever job Donnie Veal failed to lock up earlier this season. Matt Thornton had been the Sox's lone left-handed reliever since Hector Santiago returned to the rotation after Jake Peavy was diagnosed with a left rib fracture June 4.
With Konerko out, manager Robin Ventura said Dayan Viciedo might handle more of Konerko's part-time designated hitter duties and move around in the lineup.
"There will be some other guys that get opportunities that normally wouldn't," Ventura said.
Left-handed hitter Jordan Danks, the Sox's best defensive outfielder, probably will get more chances. Jeff Keppinger also will play more, probably at first base, with Brent Morel and Conor Gillaspie likely to split time at third.
Purcey, 31, had a 3.03 ERA with three saves and 43 strikeouts in 382/3 innings covering 26 relief appearances at Charlotte. He was named Wednesday to represent the International League at the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 17 in Reno, Nev.
Morel, 26, the Sox's opening-day third baseman in 2011 and '12, went 2-for-9 during a brief promotion last weekend. He was batting .283 with 20 doubles, five home runs and 40 RBIs in 68 games with Charlotte.
Dunn on Homer: Sox slugger Adam Dunn marveled at the development of Reds pitcher Homer Bailey, who struggled when the two were teammates in Cincinnati in 2007 and '08. Bailey, 27, threw his second no-hitter in 11 months Tuesday against the Giants.
"He's a completely different pitcher than what I remember," Dunn said. "I faced him in spring training this year. Stuff-wise, he's top two to four in the game right now. What he did (Tuesday) night, it's not too surprising. But he's going to be a good one for a long time, that's for sure."
Extra innings: Charlotte catcher Josh Phegley also was named to play in the Triple-A All-Star Game. Phegley, who could get a promotion to the Sox should they decide to shake up the roster, is batting .316 with 18 doubles, 14 home runs and 40 RBIs in 60 games. ... Fox has picked up the Sept. 7 game at Baltimore, and the game time will change from 6:05 p.m. to 12:05.