Youngsters earning playing time

Youngsters earning playing time

CHICAGO -- Mathematically, the White Sox are still alive in the American League Central, but realistically, the team knows its playoff chances have all but dwindled away.

And while teams never want to start looking forward to next season, some recent callups have had success for the White Sox over the last month.

Alejandro De Aza, Dayan Viciedo and Tyler Flowers have all provided an immediate punch to the White Sox lineup, which veteran All-Star Paul Konerko said is a testament to both those players and the staff at Triple-A Charlotte.

"It's a credit to them first and also to the people that have worked with them because they're the ones getting them ready for up here," Konerko said. "But whether it's Tyler catching and hitting, De Aza, Viciedo, they look like they've kind of come up and just kind of kept going with what they had."

But manager Ozzie Guillen wouldn't go as far as to say the club's younger players have been getting more playing time recently simply to evaluate their talents for next season.

"They're playing good, that's the reason they're in the lineup," Guillen said. "They're in the lineup because I like the way they play. They're playing well, they're handling it well. They're just playing baseball."