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Melky isn't concerned about bruised left toe

White Sox outfielder expects to play Monday against Cubs
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KANSAS CITY -- White Sox left fielder Melky Cabrera exited Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Royals with a bruised left big toe.

Cabrera fouled a Travis Wood pitch off of his foot in the first inning and went to the ground quickly in noticeable pain. Cabrera stayed in the game until Alen Hanson pinch-hit for him during a four-run fifth.

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KANSAS CITY -- White Sox left fielder Melky Cabrera exited Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Royals with a bruised left big toe.

Cabrera fouled a Travis Wood pitch off of his foot in the first inning and went to the ground quickly in noticeable pain. Cabrera stayed in the game until Alen Hanson pinch-hit for him during a four-run fifth.

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"I had a little bit of pain. But I don't have a fracture or anything that could mean I will lose a few days," Cabrera said through interpreter Billy Russo. "I think I'm going to be ready for tomorrow.

"It just started getting a little sore as it was going on," manager Rick Renteria said. "He was feeling really uncomfortable coming in and out running. There's no need to press him into continuing to push himself out there like that."

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No X-rays were taken, but Cabrera said all the necessary tests were done and he can move the toe. Renteria listed the injury as day to day, with Renteria and Cabrera believing he will be able to play on Monday afternoon against the Cubs.

With the first two crosstown games being played at Wrigley Field, Cabrera won't have the designated hitter's role to fall back upon. But he seemed to be in good spirits postgame.

"Actually I wanted to stay in the game," said Cabrera, who finished 0-for-2 in the team's ninth straight loss. "But it was Rick's decision to take me out. He's the manager."

"He should be fine," Renteria said. "I don't see it as being long term."

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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