White Sox working to keep up in AL Central

The solutions to the Scott Podsednik injury are a rookie, Josh Fields, and a low-cost veteran of proven character, Darin Erstad. Both can play different positions when (and if) Podsednik comes off his groin surgery.

The Erstad signing might not be the end of Ken Williams' winter if Juan Uribe has trouble getting out of the Dominican Republic, although for now Williams expects his shortstop to return to Chicago. But Erstad's acquisition is a low-risk complement to Williams' intrepid reshuffling of the 2005 world champions.