It's only mid-May and Brent Morel has already had a season to forget.
The White Sox third baseman has hit just .177 with a dismal .420 OPS and 39:7 K:BB ratio and now finds himself out of action with a balky back.
Morel has been sidelined since Thursday and is only available this weekend in an emergency.
"We're gonna take the weekend and Monday off and then go from there," he said. "I'll wait to see after I talk to White Sox manager Robin Ventura about it."
Morel said his back woes started on the Sox recent trip out to Los Angeles to take on the Angels in an abbreviated two-game series.
"I felt it a little bit in Anaheim," he said. "I don't know if it's just the long travel or what it was, but I tried to hit in the cage and BP Friday and it flared up."
The 25-year-old talked to reporters with a bandage around his torso and neither he nor Ventura ruled out a stint on the disabled list.
"The DL is a possibility," Ventura said. "We're going to kind of monitor it."
With Paul Konerko already dealing with the aftermath of taking an 85 mph pitch to the left eye and Morel's injury, Ventura admitted his bench is noticeably thin Saturday night against the Cubs.
But don't worry, he has a backup plan.
"We might have a couple pitchers taking batting practice," he said. "We'll be creative today...You guys think I'm joking. I'm serious."