Alex Rios was on the White Sox bench for Thursday's series finale against the Yankees, but it was hard to get an answer about how long that would last.

"Rios is going to play when I play him," said manager Ozzie Guillen, who then launched into another passionate rant about how he'll play whom he wants when he wants.

As for Rios, he finally talked about season-long struggles that have produced a .207 average and almost daily boos from U.S. Cellular Field crowds, saying it was a mix of both mental and physical issues.

"It gets to your head," he said. "It's mentally and physically draining. It gets to a point where you almost lose your confidence in yourself, but I haven't gotten to that point yet because I know I can do a good job on the field.

"It's just a matter of getting to that sweet spot and feeling comfortable at the plate, and that's it."

That hasn't happened yet, and with two months to go, it almost sounds as if Rios has written off this season.

"This is just a bad season. That doesn't mean this is the end of my career," he said. "Obviously, this is a terrible season and nobody wants to have a season like that, but I know what I've done in the past and what I can do in the future. I'm very confident in myself, and I know I can do a pretty good job."