Getz leading off, but Podsednik lurking
Comfortable in top spot, infielder could slide to No. 2 hole
DETROIT -- Although Chris Getz did not get to play in front of his hometown faithful this week in Detroit -- after getting hit near the right elbow by a Craig Breslow pitch on Sunday -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said Getz is healthy and ready to play in Thursday's series opener against the Rays at Tropicana Field.
Guillen also stated, during his interview session with the media prior to Wednesday's game at Comerica Park, that Getz basically will serve as Chicago's leadoff hitter.
"He's doing a good job," said Guillen of his second baseman, who was 3-for-17 over five games entering Wednesday. "You look at the average and [it's] not the one we want, but he gets on base and gets good at-bats.
"Right now, I think he can resolve this problem. I don't want to start pulling people out and try to figure out the lineup. We are playing well right now and hopefully it stays like that."
There's a chance Guillen might not have to reconfigure the lineup if he eventually decides to move Getz from the top. The 25-year-old, left-handed hitter has taken a pragmatic approach to his job on offense, pointing out how the current responsibilities aren't much different from hitting second.
So, if Scott Podsednik, a natural leadoff hitter, proves ready for a big league return over the next few weeks at Triple-A Charlotte, Getz easily could slide back to the No. 2 slot and give the White Sox a potent one-two punch at the top. Podsednik, who agreed to a Minor League deal with the White Sox on Tuesday, made a Wednesday morning radio appearance with Mike Mulligan and Brian Hanley on The Score, 670 AM, the White Sox flagship station.
Podsednik, 33, told Mulligan and Hanley that he has addressed some of his past injury issues by working with a trainer the past couple of offseasons, and that he has his body "conditioned to stay healthy for the duration of the season." Condition-wise, he's arguably "in the best shape in quite some time."
"It's good to be back," said Podsednik to the radio hosts. "I've gone full circle and I'm excited about the opportunity here."
White Sox general manager Ken Williams talked with Podsednik about playing center field, a spot in which Guillen was reluctant to play Podsednik when he was a fixture with the White Sox from the 2005 World Series title year through 2007. Basically, Williams didn't promise Podsednik anything past a chance to get going again with the Knights.
"Kenny said, 'Go to Charlotte, get some at-bats and see where I go from there,'" Podsednik said. "I feel like I'm a rookie again. I'm just coming out here to play, have some fun and try to create an opportunity for myself."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.