DETROIT -- Despite posting 28 homers and 85 RBIs for Triple-A Charlotte, Dan Johnson's name wasn't called for a trip to the White Sox until rosters expanded on Saturday. The 33-year-old veteran didn't allow being overlooked to slow down his daily work for the Knights.
"This game is obviously a lot of mental toughness," Johnson said. "If you let anything bother you, you are not going to be able to capitalize on your year or get anything done. Knowing that, you kind of put it to the side and just go out and play like you would play anywhere else.
"I mean, I guess it's one of those things if anything happens, you feel like maybe it's this time. You still have to take every day the same. Do your job and work hard."
The White Sox also reinstated catcher Tyler Flowers from paternity leave, where he was placed on Aug. 30 for the birth of his first child, Mia Therese. Infielder Orlando Hudson and left-handed pitcher Leyson Septimo were returned from their injury rehab assignments at Charlotte and reinstated from the 15-day disabled list, while right-handed pitchers Deunte Heath and Brian Omogrosso were recalled from Charlotte.
These six moves left the White Sox active roster at 31 and the 40-man full. With Charlotte in the International League playoffs, more moves could be coming. Manager Robin Ventura said that players won't be added just for experience, as there has to be a fit.
It didn't take long for Johnson to get into action. The man who topped the International League in homers and walks (94) took Adam Dunn's spot at designated hitter when Dunn was scratched with a sore right oblique and finished 1-for-3 in Saturday's 5-1 loss.
"I've been around enough to know that there are no excuses," said Johnson of sporadic playing time. "I have ways to keep myself as ready as possible and just go out and do your job."
"He's a professional hitter," said Ventura of Johnson. "You can count on him and he's always up there with tough at-bats."