Anderson adjusting to nine-hole
White Sox center fielder helping to turn lineup over
BALTIMORE -- Brian Anderson is adjusting to the ninth spot in the White Sox batting order. Thursday marked the eighth time on this road trip the center fielder has occupied that spot in the lineup.
He's 7-for-20 (.350) in that role and has drawn four walks, giving Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen the equivalent of a second leadoff hitter in the nine-hole.
While DeWayne Wise was supposed to be the White Sox center fielder and leadoff hitter, Anderson is at least filling in capably while Wise, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder separation, recovers. Second baseman Chris Getz has taken over the leadoff spot.
Guillen is aware that Anderson, who lost the center-field job to Wise in Spring Training, is under a microscope. But Guillen said he's pleased with Anderson's contributions and thinks a lot of the pressure on him may be self-inflicted.
"I think he puts a lot of pressure on himself," Guillen said. "I think he tries to do too much. The nine hitter, we expect him to help, not carry the ballclub."
Pete Kerzel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.