04/13/09 6:59 PM ET
Great catch costs Wise up to two months
Outfielder separates shoulder on run-saving tumbling dive
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
Clinging to an 8-4 lead in the fifth, and with an erratic Gavin Floyd having already walked two with one out, Wise literally out-ran a Ramon Santiago drive to right-center and made a diving, tumbling catch. As White Sox first baseman and team captain Paul Konerko pointed out, the play probably saved three runs.
Unfortunately for Wise, this incredible effort has sidelined the young man for six weeks to two months.
Wise winced in pain as soon as he landed on his right shoulder courtesy of this highlight reel effort, and he left the field with manager Ozzie Guillen after being examined by White Sox head athletic trainer Herm Schneider. Wise was diagnosed with a separated right shoulder and immediately returned to Chicago for further tests and treatment.
In a somewhat surprising move, Jerry Owens will be called up from Triple-A Charlotte and added to the 40-man roster prior to Tuesday afternoon's contest. It was surprising, only in the sense that Owens lost the center-field battle during Spring Training -- with the White Sox critical of his energy at the leadoff spot -- and was outrighted to Charlotte after clearing waivers.
Owens' presence gives the White Sox a left-handed-hitting counterpart to Brian Anderson, who figures to get the regular playing time in Wise's absence.
"Probably tomorrow I'll get an inclination of what's going on," said Anderson, who walked twice and picked up two stolen bases after replacing Wise. "As of now, I don't know because I haven't talked to anyone. I'm just going to go one game at a time. If I'm in there, good. If I'm not, good luck to the guy who is in there."
"[White Sox general manager] Kenny [Williams] made that decision because we need a center fielder right now," Guillen said. "When I got to the office, Kenny said [Owens] would be coming for the next couple of days and see how he does. I need a true center fielder. Hopefully Brian does the job, and if not, I'll give Jerry a shot."
After a 0-for-14 start to the season, Wise had picked up his game on offense with five hits in his past seven at-bats. But those hits weren't nearly as important as the spectacular play he made Monday, which had positive results for the team, but not so much for the 31-year-old left-handed hitter who was getting his first career shot at everyday play.
"It was a great catch. I was walking through the dugout and looked up and it was like, 'Wow.' That's one of those number ones on SportsCenter," Anderson said. "He's my buddy and teammate and you wish him a speedy recovery. Hopefully he gets back as soon as possible."
"I think that injury saved the game, there's no doubt," Guillen said. "It's a shame, but things happen. I feel sorry for the kid, but you've got a job to do. You've got to move on, and hopefully a guy is coming that can help us."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.