With Dewayne Wise on the DL, Who Will Run the Sox Outfield?

Lucian ChaseContributor IApril 14, 2009

TUCSON, AZ - MARCH 04:  Jerry Owens #7 of the Chicago White Sox looks on from the dugout during a spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Tucson Electric Park on March 4, 2008 in Tucson, Arizona. The White Sox defeated the Angles 7-6.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

After a spectacular and rather flamboyant diving catch in right-center field, robbing extra bases from Ramon Santiago, Dewayne Wise sheepishly returned to his feet with a separated right shoulder.

The White Sox will now be without their starting center fielder and for at least six weeks. So, let's break down the options for his replacement.

White Sox long time almost-made-it man Brian Anderson is the favorite to take his place as the everyday starter.

After a disappointing rookie season in 2006—batting just .225—Anderson never made it back to the starting roster and, in limited action over the last two years, has never hit higher than .232.

Anderson is an undeniable talent with the glove, but after his limited performance with the bat over that last four years, he has to prove himself worthy of the job.

Can anyone say Juan Uribe?

Next up is Jerry Owens, whose contract was purchased Wednesday from Triple-A Charlotte. Slated to be the opening day starter, a poor spring saw Owens heading back to the minors by the time Opening Day rolled around.

After a promising second half to the 2007 season, in which he batted .267 (including an impressive five-hit game) and stole 32 bases in 40 attempts, Owens never had a real chance to continue impressing management, with only 16 at-bats in 2008.

Anderson has given the Sox hope with his highlight-reel defense and speed around the bases. With Wise injured, he should get one more shot to prove himself.

But should he falter, Owens will be at his heals, waiting for the chance to show what we were all hoping he could be at the close of 2007: a genuine leadoff hitter.