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Teahen has surgery, out at least six weeks

Teahen has surgery, out at least six weeks

CHICAGO -- Mark Teahen had pins inserted in the injured middle finger on his right hand Thursday and will be out a minimum of six weeks. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said the platoon of Omar Vizquel and Jayson Nix will fill the third-base opening in Teahen's absence.

"If Teahen was hitting .390 and had 30 home runs and 120 RBIs, I would say, 'Hey [general manager] Kenny [Williams], please [help],'" Guillen said. "I think Vizquel is swinging the bat well right now. He will play third base good enough.

"To play defense, that's more important. The last three games, offensively we played good, we're just not pitching. I don't make that decision. That's a front-office decision. To lose one prospect for [for a player missing less than two months], there's no reason."


Teahen suffered the fracture while fielding an Evan Longoria ground ball in the third inning of Sunday's series-finale victory over the Rays. If the Major League options don't provide an adequate fill, the White Sox could dip down to Brent Morel at Triple-A Charlotte. Morel was just promoted to the Knights this week, but the third-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft has hit at every level and has been considered a Joe Crede-in-the-making defensively.