Wise returns to site of greatest feat

Wise returns to site of greatest feat

Wise returns to site of greatest feat
CHICAGO -- Dewayne Wise has played for eight different organizations since starting his professional career with the Reds in 1997. But even with a home run for the White Sox during the 2008 playoffs, nothing ever will surpass his ninth-inning, perfect-game saving catch for Mark Buehrle of Gabe Kapler's blast on July 23, 2009.

The 34-year-old hopes to surpass that memorable play after joining the White Sox for a second run, replacing Paul Konerko on the active roster for Saturday's game with the A's. Konerko was placed on the seven-day disabled list after sustaining a concussion in the seventh inning of Tuesday's contest.

Wise was signed as a Minor League free agent on Aug. 3 after the Yankees designated him for assignment when they acquired Ichiro Suzuki from the Mariners. As Wise went home and prepared for the next chapter of his career, he thought about the White Sox.

"I was telling my brother sitting at home, 'Man, what if the White Sox give me a call?'" Wise said. "Just said it out of the blue and a couple of days later my agent told me they called."

Adding Wise gives manager Robin Ventura a little more flexibility and speed off the bench, with Ventura feeling comfortable having Adam Dunn and Kevin Youkilis to handle first base in Konerko's absence. Wise in reserve also gives Ventura a chance to start Jordan Danks, Friday's walk-off hero, and possibly move Dayan Viciedo to designated hitter.

"Yeah. We could start Dewayne, too," Ventura said. "It's one where you could go either way. Again, the flexibility part is what's good."

As for Wise's most memorable moment as a Major League player, captured forever on the U.S. Cellular Field wall in left-center between Billy Pierce and Frank Thomas, Wise said the catch always is a topic of conversation.

"It's something I hear just about every day of the year, especially once the baseball season starts," Wise said. "There's always a fan when I'm on deck or in batting practice, somebody always talking about it. It's a good thing to do something to help the team win."