Podsednik Out, Erstad In
Perfect timing struck for the Chicago White Sox this week when they reportedly signed lefty outfielder Darin Erstad to a one-year deal with an option for the 2008 season. Pending a physical, Erstad should be around just in time for SoxFest this Friday.
After playing his entire career with the Los Angeles Angels, Darin hit .221 over 95 at-bats in 2006, playing in only 40 games due to a right ankle injury. His best numbers came in 2000 with a .355 average, 25 home runs, 100 RBIs and 240 hits batting in the leadoff spot.
This veteran addition comes at a crucial time for Chicago, since left-fielder Scott Podsednik underwent sports hernia surgery Tuesday and will be out for anywhere from six to eight weeks. The injury, originally from four years earlier when he was with the Milwaukee Brewers, resurfaced recently when Pods kicked his workouts into high gear with Spring Training just around the corner.
If his recovery should cut into the regular season, Erstad would most likely take his place in the line up. Otherwise, he could also challenge Brian Anderson for a starting spot in center field.
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