He's 7-for-20 (.350) in that role and has drawn four walks, giving Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen the equivalent of a second leadoff hitter in the nine-hole.
While DeWayne Wise was supposed to be the White Sox center fielder and leadoff hitter, Anderson is at least filling in capably while Wise, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder separation, recovers. Second baseman Chris Getz has taken over the leadoff spot.
Guillen is aware that Anderson, who lost the center-field job to Wise in Spring Training, is under a microscope. But Guillen said he's pleased with Anderson's contributions and thinks a lot of the pressure on him may be self-inflicted.
"I think he puts a lot of pressure on himself," Guillen said. "I think he tries to do too much. The nine hitter, we expect him to help, not carry the ballclub."
Pete Kerzel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.