Notes: Anderson remains positive
Fourth outfielder likely to only get 250 at-bats
CHICAGO -- With 12 days remaining in April, let alone the ensuing five months of the 2007 regular season, Brian Anderson has plenty of other baseball-related issues on his mind other than playing winter ball.
But general manager Ken Williams remains of the opinion that young players need 450 or 500 at-bats per season to further their early development. If Anderson finishes the current campaign somewhere around 250 at-bats, he's going to have to make up the difference in the offseason -- whether or not it's the choice of the young outfielder.
"Me personally, I think all part-time players need to go," explained Williams of his thoughts on winter ball. "That goes for a guy who has been in the league four or five years. When you get beyond that point, someone like Rob Mackowiak, for example, you have a track record you can draw from.
"That's why Pablo Ozuna is so successful. He's played more baseball than everyone else. So if it only turns out Brian gets 250 here, he has to go to winter ball. It's not an option because he has to make up that time."
Anderson played for La Guaira in Venezuela this past winter and said the people he worked with were very respectful and he had a great time. But it's hard for him to get past the stomach virus picked up during his stint, causing Anderson to lose 20 pounds in a short time frame.
That bad experience makes it difficult for Anderson to imagine playing again in the winter, but it's a bridge he'll cross sometime in late September. In the present, Anderson is focused on playing the role of the infrequently-used 25th man without feeling like an outsider on his own team.
"Honestly, whether they are still high on me or down on me, it doesn't affect me either way," Anderson said. "It's no disrespect to them, but I just don't care. They have control and dictate when and where I play.
"If things don't work out here, they can work out somewhere else. I'm not saying I want to leave, but at the same time, it's like I'm still young. I'm going to let this year play out and whatever they want to do, they can do. They can trade me, send me down, keep me, platoon me, that's their choice. I have no hard feelings whatever they want to do."
Staying positive: Scott Podsednik felt a little sluggish and a little out of sync after getting Sunday off against Cleveland's C.C. Sabathia, so he came to U.S. Cellular during Monday's off-day to work on some lateral speed agility drills. Little did the White Sox leadoff man know that the extra work could cost him possibly one month of what looked to be a very promising season.
"It's very frustrating. It's gotten beyond ridiculous. It really has," said Podsednik of the right adductor pull suffered Monday. "I don't know, I don't have the words to really describe what it's like to go through.
"I've been down this road before, but it comes to the point where you're like, 'What else?' So, it is what it is. I think it would be easy for me to spend a lot of time and energy to figure out why this happened, and why these things continue to happen. But I'm not going to do that."
Podsednik reiterated Tuesday's analysis coming from the team, representing White Sox athletic trainer Herm Schneider, in that they are going to be patient with his recovery. With Podsednik so reliant on his legs for success, the rehab process will be slow but steady, and Podsednik won't try to rush himself back as he did at the start of the 2006 regular season after battling through groin and shoulder problems during Spring Training.
This latest injury had nothing to do with his offseason sports hernia surgery or past groin problems. But when Podsednik slipped during his workout Monday, the immediacy of the pain was almost as much psychological as it was physical.
"I knew I jammed it up pretty good when it happened, and it scared me, it really did," Podsednik said. "I'm just kind of out here on the field, just kind of looking up like, 'Ha, what am I supposed to think? What am I supposed to think about this?'
"All I can do now is try to stay positive, try to get it back and try to get it back as quick as I can," Podsednik added.
Window of opportunity: It didn't take long for Boone Logan to make his presence felt after being called up to the White Sox to replace Podsednik on the active roster, as he threw a scoreless inning of relief on Tuesday night. The left-handed Logan, who was one of the last players cut out of Spring Training, isn't necessarily looking at this latest opportunity as an on-field audition to stick in the big leagues. He also won't take a future reassignment as anything personal.
"They needed me, wanted me up here for now," Logan said. "Whatever happens, happens. They have a good idea of what they want to do.
"If it means getting sent down again, hey, it's business. It wouldn't be the first time, but I'd probably be disappointed again if it did happen. Whatever they need to do is what they're going to do, so it's no big deal."
Down on the farm: Gio Gonzalez won his third straight decision, allowing one run on two hits over five innings, during Double-A Birmingham's 10-1 victory over Montgomery Tuesday. Thomas Collaro had three hits and four RBIs, while Chris Getz added two RBIs in support of Gonzalez. ... Jacob Rasner struck out four over six scoreless innings, while Francisco Hernandez and Anderson Gomes each drove in three, as part of Class A Kannapolis' 11-2 victory over Charleston. ... Luis Terrero knocked out three hits in Triple-A Charlotte's 3-2 loss at Ottawa.
On deck: Javier Vazquez tries for his third straight victory to begin the 2007 campaign in Thursday's series finale against Texas. Vicente Padilla starts for the Rangers, with a 7:11 p.m. CT first pitch.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.