DETROIT -- In 17 starts with the White Sox, center fielder Dewayne Wise has a .284 average with three homers and 10 RBIs. Those numbers stand strong despite Wise having just two hits in his last 18 at-bats entering Friday's series opener against the Tigers.
Wise's exclusive starting role figures to come to an end as early as Sunday, when Alejandro De Aza returns from an injury rehab assignment to test his bruised left ribs. And Wise is prepared for the change to a reserve role.
"Once he got back, I knew my playing time would be cut short a little bit. I expected that," said Wise. "But I understand that.
"He went on the disabled list and I got a chance to play. Plus, he's done a great job at the top of the lineup. He's having a great year. Whatever happens when he gets back, I'm going to continue to prepare myself to stay ready just in case I have to go in a game or get a spot-start here and there."
Along with giving the White Sox a huge boost in De Aza's absence, Wise clearly has proven he can be counted on as more than just a defensive replacement or pinch-runner through his 2012 play with the Yankees and in Chicago. Wise has been good enough that manager Robin Ventura will find spots to get him into the starting lineup during the season's final month.
"You do that and see how they're both doing, see how he's [De Aza] doing and then go from there," Ventura said. "Dewayne has done well for us."
"Sometimes when you get an opportunity to play, you gotta take advantage of it," Wise said. "I mean, I always felt I could do it like that, but I'm just thankful for the opportunity."