White Sox call up Dewayne Wise

Updated: August 11, 2012, 6:28 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox purchased the contract of outfielder Dewayne Wise from Triple-A Charlotte to fill Paul Konerko's roster spot prior to their game with the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.

"(I'll) just do what I've always done, come off the bench, pinch run, defense, whatever it is," Wise said. "I'm going to be ready to try to do whatever I can to help the team keep winning."

Konerko was placed on the seven-day disabled list because of a concussion on Friday. The 34-year-old Wise was signed to a minor-league contract on Aug. 3 and hit .161 with five hits in 31 at-bats in seven games in Charlotte. Wise hit .262 with three home runs and eight RBIs in 56 games with the New York Yankees earlier this season.

"It's kind of funny, I was telling my brother, sitting at home, 'Man, what if the White Sox give me a call?' " Wise said prior to Saturday's game. "Just saying it out of the blue. Sure enough, a couple days later ... the White Sox called. Like I said, I was really excited about that."

Wise played in 141 games with the White Sox from 2008-09 and is best known for his over-the-wall catch in the ninth inning of Mark Buehrle's perfect game on July 23, 2009.

"It's something I hear just about every day, especially once the baseball season starts," Wise said. "There's always a fan if I'm on deck or during batting practice or somebody who always talks about it. It's a good thing to have something or do something to help the team win like that, and people remember you for that."

The White Sox also transferred starting pitcher John Danks to the 60-game disabled list on Saturday. Danks had surgery to arthroscopically repair a capsular tear and minor debridements of the rotator cuff and biceps in his left shoulder on Monday.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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