BALTIMORE -- Veteran Jose Lopez was called up from AAA Charlotte and inserted into the White Sox lineup for Thursday's series finale against the Baltimore Orioles (Channel 9, 670-AM, 11:35 a.m.).
Lopez went 2-for-4 including a double, batting second and playing third base. Kevin Youkilis, who has been playing with a sore knee, gets the day off.
"Youk's knee has kind of been barking the last couple of days,'' manager Robin Ventura said. "Just clean it up and have him ready for [Friday when the Sox open a three-game series in Detroit].''
The 28-year-old Lopez, who had 25 homers and 96 RBI for the Seattle Mariners in 2009, can play second and third base. He batted .306 with a homer and 10 RBI for Charlotte.
Lopez said he's comfortable playing third or second base.
"Wherever they put me,'' he said.
"It's something I'm used to,'' he said of jumping into the lineup his first day. "It's like jumping into the fire when I was in Cleveland. They brought me down and brought me up the first day in the lineup. I'm used to it now."
Dylan Axelrod was temporarily sent to AA Birmingham after pitching the Sox to an 8-1 victory on Wednesday night. He will return and is expected to start for the Sox on Monday night against the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field.