Outfielder Dewayne Wise, who made one of the greatest catches in major-league history while preserving Mark Buehrle's perfect game against Tampa Bay on July 23, 2009, had his contract purchased by the White Sox Saturday.
Wise replaces Paul Konerko, who is on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion.
He played in 141 games with the Sox in 2008-09.
Wise was playing for the Yankees this season, and he batted .262 with 3 home runs and 8 RBI in 56 games before being designated for assignment on July 23 after New York acquired Ichiro Suzuki in a trade from Seattle.
"It surprised me," Wise said. "We didn't find out until we were on the bus going to the stadium. It's a business, things like that happen. Ichiro is a great player and to get somebody like that on the ballclub is good for them, but it's bad for me.
"I moved on, kept my chin up and packed up my things and went home. Things worked out and now I'm here in Chicago."
Wise signed a minor-league deal with the White Sox on Aug. 3 and batted .161 in 7 games with Class AAA Charlotte.
Now he is back with the Sox.
"It's kind of funny," Wise said. "I was telling my brother sitting at home, 'Man, what if the White Sox give me a call?' I just said it out of the blue and a couple of days later my agent told me they called."
Wise is a great guy and he can help the Sox.
Still, I was surprised because I thought Dan Johnson was the obvious choice to replace Konerko.
Johnson is a first baseman at Charlotte, and he leads the International League in home runs (26) and walks (88) while ranking second with 76 RBI.
He should get a shot with the Sox in September.
For now, manager Robin Ventura likes Wise's flexibility and he also wants Adam Dunn playing first base every day while Konerko is on the shelf.
“I think it's better for (Dunn) to play than it is to DH,” Ventura said. “People think it's easy to DH but it's not. The rhythm and the timing of playing, I think that helps him to get out there and play.”