Not seeing the improvement they would have liked to have seen with Mark Teahen and his strained right oblique, the White Sox announced before their 4-3 win over Texas on Tuesday that they had decided to place Teahen on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 12.
Manager Ozzie Guillen admitted that the team was tempted to call up Dayan Viciedo but instead opted to go with more of a pure third baseman, picking Dallas McPherson instead. Teahen was playing outfield and third base for the Sox off the bench, and he was also a left-handed-hitting option late in games.
McPherson likely will hold down a similar role, as rookie Brent Morel is still considered the starter at third, despite frequent time on the bench. And then there's veteran Omar Vizquel. The 44-year-old has played well enough to start on a regular basis, but because of his age, Guillen doesn't want to do that.
"I don't know yet," Guillen said about McPherson's playing time. "It depends. I know he was swinging the bat OK in Triple-A, but right now I'm going to stick with the guys we have here and see how we're going to play."
Once a top prospect with the Angels, the last time McPherson played in the major leagues was in 2008 with the Florida Marlins. Since then, he has missed an entire season (2009) because of back issues and went through hamstring problems last year in the Oakland A's organization. He had several back surgeries along the way, including one that cost him the entire 2007 season.
That's why McPherson wasn't stressed about playing time or his role with the Sox after he got the news he was going up.
"I kind of hoped I left a good enough impression (in spring training) and was seen in good enough light that if something did happen, my name would at least be brought up," McPherson said. "And I think that's all you can do is kind of hope for that, and the rest is kind of out of your control."
The Sox don't have an off day until June 2, so there is a good chance that Guillen will use all three players at third in that time.
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