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Taylor eager to make most of September promotion


MINNEAPOLIS -- Michael Taylor was as surprised as anyone when he received the news of a September promotion from Triple-A Charlotte to the White Sox.

"It was a nice surprise, obviously. I was expecting to be on a plane flight home yesterday," said Taylor with a smile. "Obviously when our manager told us, I was excited, elated and got about the process of getting focused and figuring out what the next step was.

"You grind all offseason and play all year for a chance to play in the Major Leagues. So I'm really excited."

The right-handed Taylor, 28, moved right into the White Sox starting lineup Tuesday in left field. He was reunited with hitting coach Todd Steverson, who he worked with as part of the A's, after hitting .375 with runners in scoring position for Charlotte after being acquired by the White Sox from Oakland on June 14 in exchange for right-hander Jacob Sanchez.

"He's everything you want a guy to do," said Steverson of Taylor, who was added to the 40-man roster. "He really hasn't had that much of a chance at the big league level on a consistent basis of playing. He's older now. He kind of knows himself, knows the type of role he'll probably have to play in today's game and hopefully it'll work out for him."

"Let's see if the change of scenery and some of the things he worked on at Charlotte and talked about with Trick [Steverson] over the last few months are able to take hold and he can fulfill that potential," said Hahn of Taylor, who hit .306 with six homers and 38 RBIs for Charlotte. "A few years ago, he had tremendous upside. It just hasn't clicked for him just yet. We'd like to take a little time this month to see what's there."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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