Dewayne Wise ‘real excited’ to be back with Sox
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org August 11, 2012 10:46PM
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Updated: September 13, 2012 6:28AM
Veteran outfielder Dewayne Wise’s ability to do everything from play all three outfield positions to pinch run to spare an arm in the bullpen and mop up a blowout game as a pitcher is what got him back with the White Sox on Saturday.
Called up from Class AAA Charlotte a few weeks after the Yankees designated him for assignment, Wise returned to the Sox to take Paul Konerko’s spot on the 25-man roster. There was speculation that first baseman Dan Johnson might get the call, but the former Tampa Bay Ray will have to wait.
“It just gives us more flexibility, putting guys in late in the game, moving them around,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. “He’s a pro, too. He’s been here and is a good player. He can help us.’’
Wise’s arrival suggests that rookie outfielder Jordan Danks, despite his walk-off home run Friday, could return to Charlotte when Konerko comes off the disabled list.
Wise, 34, who’ll always have a place in the heart of Sox fans for saving Mark Buehrle’s perfect game with an over-the-wall catch of Gabe Kapler’s potential home run, batted .262 with three home runs and eight RBI in 56 games with the Yankees this season. The Sox signed him after he was released, and he was 5-for-31 at Charlotte.
“It feels good,’’ Wise said. “When my agent called and said the White Sox had made contact, I was real excited about coming back here.’’
Ventura acknowledged that Konerko, who is eligible to return from the DL on Friday, might not be ready by then. That’s a given in the uncertain world of concussions, mild or otherwise.
“Anything’s possible but we’re trying to figure it out as he’s coming in and talk to him,’’ Ventura said. “I guess it’s more how he sleeps. He had problems sleeping the first night and even going from there he’s going to have to start moving around and running again. There’s going to be little steps he’s going to have to take to get cleared. I don’t think it’s going to be as easy as picking seven days and thinking that’s going to be it.’’
Konerko, who was at the park Saturday, will not fly with the team to Toronto for the four-game series that opens Monday. He could join the team in Kansas City on Friday.
Ventura plans to play Adam Dunn at first with Konerko out and rotate designated hitters. A.J. Pierzynski DH’d on Saturday with Tyler Flowers catching. Dayan Viciedo DH’d on Friday.
Like his offense, Dunn’s defense is better than it was last season.
“It’s that and him getting out there,’’ Ventura said. “It’s better for him to play than to DH. People think it’s easy to DH but it’s not. You like the rhythm and timing of playing. It helps him to get out there and play.’’