CLEVELAND -- Both the White Sox and Toronto starter Mark Buehrle will be doing their best to win Monday's series opener in Canada when Buehrle faces the team where he starred from 2000-11 and helped win a World Series in 2005.
But White Sox captain Paul Konerko, a good friend of Buehrle and teammate for that entire duration in Chicago, knows their first matchup also has the chance to be a fun one.
"I'm sure he'll make it humorous. You got to be ready. He might throw an eephus pitch or something like that," said Konerko with a laugh. "He's not afraid to screw around out there.
"I know Mark. He'll have fun with it. It will be tough to keep a straight face for I'm sure a pitch or two."
White Sox call up utility man Greene
CLEVELAND -- The White Sox purchased the contract of infielder Tyler Greene from Triple-A Charlotte prior to Sunday's series finale in Cleveland and placed Angel Sanchez on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to Wednesday) with a lower back strain.
In order to make room for Greene on the 40-man roster, which was at 40, the White Sox designated left-hander Charlie Leesman for assignment.
Greene, 29, has played parts of four seasons with the Cardinals and part of last year with the Astros, who he was in camp with this past Spring Training. The right-handed hitter and top pick by the Cardinals in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft has played big league games at every position except pitcher and catcher.
He was hitting .265 with four RBIs in eight games for the Knights after agreeing to terms with the White Sox on a Minor League contract on April 4.
"It's been an experience the last couple weeks, going through that at the end of Spring Training," said Greene, who was released by the Astros at the end of March. "It was the first time I experienced something like that. Kind of a new thing. I was fortunate, thankful to get hooked up with the White Sox and really excited to be up here.
"After I cleared waivers, they were in talks with my agent about getting me over with them. It definitely was a good route."
With Conor Gillaspie set at third and Jeff Keppinger at second in the absence of Gordon Beckham, Greene moves into Sanchez's vacated utility role. Basically, Greene has been told to be ready for anything.
"We know he's a good player," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of Greene, who found out Saturday about his promotion and owns a .224 career average with 16 homers, 58 RBIs and 28 stolen bases in 266 games. "He can play infield, a little bit of outfield in an emergency. We'll find out."
Beckham resting before Tuesday surgery
CLEVELAND -- Gordon Beckham will have a little down time in Cleveland before surgery is performed Tuesday morning on his left wrist. The White Sox second baseman returns to Chicago on Wednesday morning and hopes to be out no longer than six weeks, which is the projected absence for a hamate fracture recovery.
"At the worst I'm thinking June 1," said Beckham on Sunday morning. "You do the numbers. Six weeks from April 16 [the surgery date] it's about the 30th of May, so I'm thinking by the end of May I'll be playing games at least.
"I would hope by June. But it [stinks]. There's nothing I can do about it. Just got to get well."
Beckham has no doubt that he'll be able to replicate that same good feel at the plate and in the field present from the start of the season, even if it is six weeks before he can come back. He also finds it just as difficult to watch the White Sox struggle, a team winless in its last five entering Sunday, as he did to actually be part of those struggles on the field at times.
"I'm obviously frustrated with the way I felt and also the way that we've done since," Beckham said. "It is what it is, but it's tough to watch that's for sure. I'd rather be there at least trying to help.
"There's nothing I can do about this. I'm positive. I'm in a good spot. It's not like something I really could prevent. It was going to happen if it was going to happen and I don't worry about that. I really feel like I know what I'm doing, so I feel like it's going to take some time to get back in the swing of it.
"Some Minor League games, some rehab games," Beckham said. "I feel like I'll be right, maybe not right back where I was but I mean, I'll have a good chance to get back there really quick."
Ventura won't try to change team's approach
CLEVELAND -- No team in baseball had fewer walks than the White Sox total of 15 entering Sunday's series finale in Cleveland. In fact, the crosstown Cubs were the next-to-last at 22, and Major League leader Joey Votto had two more walks than the White Sox as a team.
The White Sox have shown the ability to make starting pitchers work, as they did with Gio Gonzalez on Tuesday in Washington. But manager Robin Ventura also understands that he can't change his offense's free-swinging style.
"I don't want [Adam] Dunn going up there bunting. He's going to go up there trying to hit something hard and probably hit something far. So these are the guys we have," Ventura said. "We have to make the best effort doing things that win games, grinding out at-bats and being tough outs more than trying to change anything else.
"Going up and having really good at-bats, working counts and hitting something hard. We have guys who can hit home runs. I hope we do. Again, it's the quality of the at-bat and not trying to do too much. You can overreact and guys start pressing just because of the situation you're in early in the year. It's the ability to maintain and keep focused on just today instead of what transpired the last part of the road trip."
• With Sanchez unavailable over the first two games of this series in Cleveland, the White Sox had backup catcher Hector Gimenez take grounders at third and were prepared to use him at first or in the outfield in a pinch. If Ventura was forced to go to a pitcher, he listed Hector Santiago as his best outfielder among the group, although not a preferred choice in that role.
• Addison Reed has converted 10 consecutive save opportunities dating back to the 2012 season after finishing off the ninth inning in Sunday's 3-1 victory. Reed has retired 19 of the 23 batters he has faced this season, and opponents are just 1-for-19 against him.
• The top two home run hitters for visiting players at Progressive Field are Jermaine Dye at 17 and Paul Konerko at 16. Konerko hit a go-ahead shot on Sunday off of Brett Myers in the sixth.