Veteran Dallas McPherson comes up, comes through for Sox
By DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org May 17, 2011 10:30PM
Updated: June 19, 2011 12:47AM
Dallas McPherson’s resumé is chock full of injuries, rejection and failure. The good stuff includes playing in the 2004 American League Division Series against the Red Sox and hitting 175 home runs in the minor leagues.
On Tuesday, the 30-year-old left-handed-hitting third baseman embarked on what could be anything from a cup of coffee with the White Sox to the beginning of a productive stay in the majors.
He couldn’t have asked for a better start, hitting the first pitch he saw from right-handed sidewinder Cody Eppley up the middle for a pinch single in the eighth inning. Gordon Beckham advanced to third on the hit and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.
“Yeah, that was a great moment,’’ said McPherson, who was recalled from Class AAA Charlotte to replace Mark Teahen, who went on the disabled list.
“I had no idea what he had as far as off-speed pitches and stuff. I was looking for something to hook in the 4-hole [between the first and second basemen]. I miscalculated a little bit and got lucky it went over the middle.’’
At Charlotte, McPherson was batting .305 with three home runs and 18 RBI in 31 games. He got word he was moving up during a rain delay Monday.
“I’ve got to be honest, I wasn’t sure I’d hear those words again,’’ said McPherson, who missed the entire 2007 season after back surgery and all of 2009 with more back problems.
Fighting through injuries has been a way of baseball life for McPherson.
“I knew I wanted to keep playing baseball, and I felt like I still could,’’ he said. “My back was going to tell me whether I could or not. Luckily right now, it’s holding up. That’s all I can ask for, and I pray it continues that way.’’
Teahen (.226), who also knows a thing or two about injuries, has a mild oblique strain. His move to the DL is retroactive to May 12, making him eligible to return May 27. The Sox signed McPherson in November and gave him a lot of playing time in spring training.
“After the springs I’ve had in the past and the last few years with all the injuries, I was happy to be healthy and play every day,’’ McPherson said. “Hopefully, I can showcase that I’m healthy and can help produce at the major-league level.’’
A second-round draft pick by the Angels in 2001, McPherson is a career .245 hitter with 18 home runs and 45 RBI in 128 games with the Angels and Marlins.