Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Dwayne Wise Takes Paul Konerko's Roster Spot

The only good thing about first baseman Paul Konerko being placed on the disabled list is that the White Sox will finally get a look at prospect Dwayne Wise, an outfielder who will take Konerko's roster spot.

Wise arrived in Chicago this morning even before Konerko was evaluated, as trainers already had feared the worst, WSEC Radio said.

Wise, hitting at a better than .300 clip with nine homers for Triple A Charlotte, will likely be used sparingly at first but if he proves worthy should get plenty of opportunities as Konerko's injured oblique muscle is sure to keep him down for a good month or more.

Nick Swisher will move to first base with Wise being mixed and matched with other hitters as circumstances dictate.

Wise reportedly runs well but is not the type of burner who steals a lot of bags, yet his athleticism punched his ticket to Chicago ahead of third baseman Josh Fields who presumably might have been able to cross the diamond to first base but has done nothing special at the plate this year.

Former Pittsburgh prospect Brad Eldred, like Konerko a lumbering first baseman, has been left to languish in the minors as well.