SEATTLE (AP) -The Chicago White Sox purchased the contract of Luis Terrero from Triple-A Charlotte Tuesday and immediately put him in their lineup in center fielder against the Seattle Mariners.
Terrero, who can play all three outfield positions, took the roster spot created when Chicago finally sent struggling Brian Anderson to Charlotte after Sunday's loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Anderson lost the center-field job to Darin Erstad in spring training and is batting .118 this season (2-for-17) after hitting .225 in 134 games as a rookie last year.
``I don't know if it will help more than Brian,'' White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said about promoting Terrero. ``But it gives us more flexibility in the outfield.''
Guillen left the 32-year-old Erstad out of the lineup Tuesday for a second consecutive game - even though he has a seven-game hitting streak. It's actually a three-day rest because Chicago was off on Monday.
``I'm giving Erstad back-to-back days off so he can be healthy the rest of the season,'' Guillen said.
That gave Terrero his debut with the White Sox. Guillen likes him for his speed and versatility. He mentioned he'd rather play the 26-year-old Terrero off the bench than Anderson, whom Guillen said needs to play regularly because he has just one full season of major league experience.
Terrero played 27 games for Baltimore last season and 155 for Arizona from 2003-05. He was batting .231 with four home runs and nine RBIs in 20 games for Charlotte when he got the call Sunday night to come west with the White Sox. Guillen said Terrero was impressive enough in March to be one of the last cuts in spring training.
Terrero said he wasn't surprised to be playing just hours after joining the team.
``No,'' he said, ``I'm here to play.''
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