The Chicago White Sox are going to have a new face in the dugout before Saturday's game with Oakland. With Paul Konerko going on the seven-day DL as the result of a concussion, the White Sox promised a corresponding roster move.
Who will that player be?
A position player is going to be arriving from Charlotte. The White Sox could use a bat with some pop on the bench, which suggests that Knights first baseman Dan Johnson will get the call. Johnson hit his 26th home run of the season last night in a loss to Norfolk.
Johnson is hitting .268 in Triple-A this season. He's a career .235 major league hitter who had some good years early in his days in Oakland. He is as close to a power hitter as the White Sox have to call up.
Like Johnson, Conor Jackson is a player who enjoyed early success in Arizona. He is currently hitting .286 in Charlotte. He doesn't have the power potential of Johnson, but he can play first base and some outfield. Robin Ventura might want that versatility.
The White Sox might also elect to bring recently signed Dewayne Wise to Chicago. Wise has spent most of this season in the majors with the New York Yankees and might be helpful in light of Alejandro De Aza and Alex Rios suffering some back stiffness lately.
There is also the possibility that Brent Morel (remember him?) could come up to play third, allowing Kevin Youkilis to move to first for a while. However, Morel is having trouble breaking .200 in Charlotte, let alone in Chicago.
Adam Dunn is more than capable of playing first base for a couple of weeks if need be. That would allow Ventura to have Wise, a veteran who has speed and an adequate left-handed bat, as a reserve.
The left-handed Johnson would see time at first and DH as well as being a pinch-hitting option. Jackson can be used in either first or the outfield.
With Konerko out for at least a week, it all depends on how Ventura wants to utilize his bench. We should be finding out sometime Saturday morning who the White Sox elect to recall.