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No room for Fields

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610x.jpgJosh Fields is still relevant.
The one-time starting third baseman - pre-Gordon Beckham - still has a role on the team as a reserve/pinch-runner/pinch-hitter, with the White Sox in the midst of finishing up interleague play under National League rules, as well as Bartolo Colon and Carlos Quentin each on the disabled list with no timetable for a return.
But beginning on Tuesday, normalcy returns to the South Side.
That means Jim Thome is back in the designated-hitter role, less reason for the pinch-hitter, and a continued watch on the returns of Colon [knee] and Quentin [left foot]. In other words, all bad news for Fields.
So was Guillen's initial response of "who?'' when asked about Fields.
"I don't think we're going to make a move yet,'' Guillen then said on Thursday. "We still got to wait for Colon and see how he is, how he feels. That's the tough move we're going to make. Josh Fields is still with us. Unfortunately, I could not give him enough playing time.
"I got to wait to see if I can give Paul [Konerko] a rest at first base and if he can help a little bit by DH-ing, but I try to do the best I can to accommodate his situation, but it's tough right now.''
Guillen was then asked about the likelihood of Fields being sent to back to the minors so that he could play everyday, and said that scenario hadn't been discussed yet.
"We don't have that conversation yet,'' the manager said. "Fields never brought it up, [general manager] Kenny [Williams] never brought it up to me. Right now, we're playing well. When you're playing well, you don't want to make any moves. You want to leave the team the way it is. Right now it's not in our plans.''
Neither is moving Beckham.
"He's doing a tremendous job for the time playing here,'' Guillen said, when asked when they expected Beckham to be a impact defensive player at third. "How long is it going to take? Time will dictate. I don't know exactly. It could be sooner than people expect. Playing here on this level right now without much experience, he's handled it very well.''

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Fields is in a good role for him right now....he can spell the 3b, 1b and dh and get 250 ab's a year in that role..nothing wrong with that..if he does well in that role this year maybe you consider him to get more ab's as the dh next year when thome is gone

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