Dallas McPherson's baseball resume is chock full of injuries, rejection and failure. And an appearance in the 2004 ALDS with the Angels against the Red Sox and 175 minor-league home runs.
On Tuesday, the 30-year-old left-handed hitting third baseman embarked on what could be anything from a cup of coffee with the White Sox to the beginning of a productive stay in the major leagues. In baseball, as Joaquin Andujar liked to say, you never know.
He couldn't have asked for a better start, hitting the first pitch he saw from right-handed side-winder Cody Eppley up the middle for a pinch single in the eighth inning. Gordon Beckham advanced to third on the hit and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.
"Yeah, that was a great moment,'' said McPherson, who was recalled from AAA Charlotte to replace Mark Teahen, who went on the disabled list Tuesday.
"I had no idea what he had as far as offspeed pitches and stuff. I was looking for something to hook in the four-hole [between the first and second basemen]. I miscalculated a little bit and got luck it went over the middle.''
At Charlotte, McPherson was batting 305 with three home runs and 18 RBI in 31 games. He got word he was moving up during a rain delay Monday.
"I've got to be honest, I wasn't sure I'd hear those words again,'' said McPherson, who missed the entire 2007 season after back surgery and all of 2009 with with more back problems.
Fighting through injuries has been a way of baseball life for McPherson.
"I knew I wanted to keep playing baseball and I felt like I still could,'' he said. "My back was going to tell me whether I could or not. Luckily right now, it's holding up. That's all I can ask for and pray it continues that way.''
Teahen (.226), who also knows a thing or two about injuries, has a mild oblique strain. His move to the DL is retroactive to May 12, making him eligible to return May 27. The Sox signed McPherson in November and gave him a lot of playing time in spring training.
"After the springs I've had in the past and the last few years with all the injuries, I was happy to be healthy and play every day,'' McPherson said. "Hopefully I can showcase that I'm healthy and can help produce at the major league level.''
A second-round draft pick by the Angels in 2001, McPherson is a career .245 hitter with 18 home runs and 45 RBI in 128 games with the Angels and Marlins.
Manager Ozzie Guillen had mentioned Dayan Viciedo (.315, five homers at Charlotte) as a possible replacement for Teahen, but McPherson is a better defensive third baseman than Viciedo, who was covnerted from third to right field. Guillen also said that Viciedo will play every day when he is called up.