While batting during the 7th inning of Thursday’s game Brent Lillibridge’s season came to an abrupt end.

“I got squared up pretty good”, said Lillibridge after he was struck by an errant 1-2 Josh Judy pitch. Although the utility player stayed on the base paths, eventually scoring a run on Konerko’s Grand Slam, later X-rays showed a fracture. After the game a clearly shaken up Lillibridge said, it’s just frustrating, because coming into this year, I just got to play a lot more and do some damage. It’s frustrating, but I’ll be around as much as I can before they kick me out.”

Lillibridge has enjoyed a breakout season with career highs in homers (13), RBIs (29) and Games (97). Brent has gone 5/17 (.294) over his last 10.

He had earned the support of many Sox fans by making highlight reel catches and out power hitting DH Adam Dunn, even learning 1st base to increase his value after an injury to Paul Konerko. He seemed to earn a fan in manger Ozzie Guillen, “This kid is playing very well for us, helped us a lot at a position he’s never played before. He made our ballclub a lot better every time he was out there, no matter whether it was a pinch-runner, pinch-hitter”, said Guillen following the 8-1 win.

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