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04/14/09 4:07 PM ET

Speedster Podsednik returns to White Sox

World Series hero could be center-field option

DETROIT -- One of the many heroes from the White Sox 2005 World Series title run has returned to the organization, with Scott Podsednik and the team agreeing to a Minor League contract on Tuesday.

Podsednik, 33, played for the White Sox from 2005-07 and was a catalyst at the top of the White Sox order when healthy. During the memorable 2005 campaign, Podsednik hit .290 with 59 stolen bases. The leadoff man also hit the walk-off home run against Brad Lidge in the 7-6 victory over Houston during Game 2 of the World Series.

Although Podsednik will report to Triple-A Charlotte, the veteran could become a big-league replacement in center field during Dewayne Wise's absence if Brian Anderson and Jerry Owens can't fill the void. Podsednik, who spent last year with the Rockies before being let go at the end of Spring Training last month, will play center for the Knights.

"It's nice," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen of bringing back Podsednik. "It's something to back up something here if it goes wrong or if it doesn't go the way we want to. Wise is going to be out for a little while, but hopefully the guys we put there are playing well.

"I think it's a good acquisition. It's good news. I think a lot of his teammates wanted it. A couple of guys came to me and said that right away. We'll see what happens."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.