Anderson fighting for center field job

 

AP

 

By The Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. – Chicago’s Brian Anderson says he is tired of feeling sorry for himself and is ready to fight for a job as the White Sox’s center fielder.

Anderson broke into the majors with a pair of hits in his debut. He connected on two homers off Brad Radke 10 days later and experienced the thrill of winning the 2005 World Series in the White Sox clubhouse.

The 25-year-old former first-round draft pick has struggled ever since.

“He had the opportunity and has not taken advantage of that in the past,” Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. “Hopefully he grew up a little bit and will be a better player. Everybody knows he has a lot of potential. In this game you don’t leave it up to potential, you leave it up to results and hope the results are really well because we are pretty high on this kid.”

Anderson hit .225 with the White Sox as the preseason starter in 2006 and then struggled a year ago with two hits in 17 at-bats before being sent down to Triple-A Charlotte.

A left wrist injury just when he was starting to swing the bat again shut him down the rest of the season.

“You can’t feel sorry for yourself, and I think I wasted too much time doing that for the last couple of years,” Anderson said. “I was always making excuses. This is my career. I have to take advantage of this and play. I am in the position I am in, and that is my fault.”

The White Sox outfield is crowded with offseason additions Nick Swisher and Carlos Quentin and Jerry Owens coming on strong late last year.