Guillen endorses Getz for 2B job

Updated: March 22, 2009, 2:42 PM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- Chris Getz spent several minutes signing autographs following Saturday's game against the Chicago Cubs. Then White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen called in the apprehensive second baseman for a chat.

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"Maybe I wasn't supposed to do that after a 13-2 loss," Getz said. "Obviously there was some better news. They told me I was going to be the second baseman and to get ready."

Getz went 2-for-4, raising his average to .350. He beat out Jayson Nix, Brent Lillibridge and Gordon Beckham -- the No. 8 overall pick in last June's amateur draft.

"He's worked hard enough," Guillen said of Getz. "He's showed people he can play this game. It's up to him how long he's going to be our second baseman. He's got everything working for him now."

Beckham likely will be sent to the minor leagues -- Guillen wants him to play every day.

"When we send him down, I don't know," the manager said.

Lillibridge could end up as the utility player.


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