Mark Kotsay will serve as the designated hitter Thursday when the Sox play the Los Angeles Angels in Tempe. The plan remains to rotate the DHs, and Alex Rios will get some time there while he recovers from a sore right throwing shoulder. Andruw Jones will start Thursday in center field, but will serve as the DH against left-handers.
It also means that Guillen will begin to show the versatility his DH-by-committee plan really gives him. With Alex Rios nursing a sore throwing shoulder, Guillen will sit him out of the opener and then start Rios as the DH for a few games, while Andruw Jones plays in the outfield.