Ramirez out, Nix in
Ozzie Guillen made a change to Wednesday’s lineup against Detroit, and while heavy rain will at least delay the on-field change, it looks as if Jayson Nix will assume the team’s starting shortstop role. Guillen made a point of stressing that Alexei Ramirez was not in his doghouse, but he also pointed how he was displeased with Ramirez’s at-bats in Tuesday’s 8-7 loss to the Royals.
Ramirez struck out in the 11th with A.J. Pierzynski on first and two outs, but also struck out in the ninth inning with Pierzynski on third and one out. He finished 1-for-6 and is hitting .211. The average is not what bothers Guillen, though, as much as the approach. So, Ramirez will have an undetermined time to work on making adjustments with hitting coach Greg Walker, who Guillen said had been doing all he possibly could to fix last year’s rookie sensation.