'We have to dig deep within,' he says of the White Sox, after a second loss to the Cubs.
Scott Podsednik had been back with the White Sox for just hours Saturday before offering up what might be the most honest assessment of the team so far this season.
“There’s really no energy, no intensity right now,” Podsednik said. “We have to somehow find a way to change the attitude, create some energy. We have to get something going. We need a change. We need to get the offense going. I don’t know how we’re going to do that. Do you have any ideas?
“You can feel the lack of energy, so we have to somehow find that. We have to dig deep within, find that competitive fire and get after it. It’s the bottom line. We’re going to have to get something going.”
That’s why the Sox called on Podsednik during the “third or fourth” inning of his rehab game in Charlotte on Friday.
The Sox knew Darin Erstad (sprained left ankle) or Jermaine Dye (strained right quad) was heading to the disabled list and decided it was time to bring Podsednik back.
The left fielder, who had been on the DL with a strained right adductor, said no aspect of his game will be limited - hitting, fielding, throwing - and he proved it in the first inning Saturday.
After receiving a warm ovation upon stepping to the plate, Podsednik led off with a sharp single up the middle, stole second, went to third on a grounder and scored on Jim Thome’s grounder to short.
“I’ve always said it starts at the top,” said Podsednik, who finished 1-for-4 in his first game since April 16. “When you have myself and (Tadahito) Iguchi or Erstad, whoever that may be at the top, it just sets up for the big guys behind us. That’s our job. We have to somehow get things going at the top of the lineup and hope it goes down throughout the rest.”
Driving down I-55
Mark Buehrle was forced to leave the park early Friday because as soon as he was pulled after making the start, the left-hander began getting sick.
“During the game, I felt fine,” Buehrle said. “After I came out of the game, I ate something, and it didn’t feel good in my stomach.”
Continuing his stretch of miserable luck - he got the loss despite allowing two runs in seven innings - Buehrle’s truck broke down on the way to the park Saturday.
“Same pump, same everything,” Buehrle said. “I think they switched (the gas) up on me. It started bogging down, and black smoke was shooting everywhere. So if you go on I-55, you’ll see my truck out there.”
As for an item published Saturday that quoted a source saying Buehrle’s camp is in discussions with the Sox about a contract, the left-hander said he had talked to his agent and that wasn’t true.
Can’t spell Cora
without the ‘O’
There are rumors the Baltimore Orioles are considering Sox bench coach Joey Cora for their vacant managerial position, but they have yet to ask the Sox for permission to talk to him.
“I think Joey’s doing a tremendous job here for me,” Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. “He’s prepared himself really well to do it. I think it’s a great opportunity for him.”
Around the basepaths
The Sox struck out 23 times in the first two games of the series. ... Saturday’s game began 26 minutes late because of a rain delay. ... Starter Javier Vazquez tied his season-high with eight strikeouts.
More Cubs and Sox coverage can be found online at www.dailysouthtown.com/sports.