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Toolsy Anderson: 'I can play anywhere'

Shortstop not looking to move, but says outfield wouldn't be difficult
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CLEVELAND -- Tim Anderson has a career baseball goal already in mind.

"I want to retire here," said Anderson with a broad smile. "I want to retire as a [member of the] White Sox."

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CLEVELAND -- Tim Anderson has a career baseball goal already in mind.

"I want to retire here," said Anderson with a broad smile. "I want to retire as a [member of the] White Sox."

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At a few weeks short of 25 years old, retirement is not remotely in the picture for the talented White Sox shortstop. But a position switch someday could be possible for Anderson, based not so much on his lack of production up the middle but more so on his high level of athleticism.

Anderson has fiercely defended his hold on shortstop, and anyone who watched him take away a hit from Francisco Lindor with a great defensive play up the middle in the first inning Tuesday, realizes he's very capable at that spot. But even Anderson as a more seasoned Major Leaguer of three seasons understands the talk.

"When you are an athlete, I can play anywhere on the field," Anderson said. "I try to sum it all up and keep it easy. It's an honor to be in any lineup. Whatever they want to do with me, I'm fine with it. As long as I'm in the lineup, that's great.

"I'm going to just keep working at shortstop, and it's going to be hard to move me off there. But you know it is what it is. Like I said, an athlete can play anywhere."

When asked how long it would take to adjust to hypothetical life as a center fielder, Anderson smiled and said it can be done in "one day."

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"Having so much God-given ability, I still do things today that I kind of shock myself sometimes," Anderson said. "I feel like it would be easy for me to go out in the outfield and catch some popups. I do it during BP just messing around. I'll catch on pretty quick."

None of this Anderson position-switch talk has come from the White Sox, who seem happy with a strong up-the-middle pairing of Anderson and Yoan Moncada. And while Anderson believes he could handle the outfield, don't think for a second he's looking to move.

"It's going to be a tough decision for them," said Anderson, who joins Mike Trout and Mookie Betts as the only Major Leaguers with at least 10 home runs and 10 stolen bases this season. "I'm going to keep working and getting better."

"His athleticism obviously allows for a lot of different things for him," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "It would be a little too quick for us to decide something like that. He's doing really well. He's continuing to scratch what he's going to be able to do."

Rodon moving into the picture
Carlos Rodon threw five scoreless innings and struck out eight over 86 pitches during an injury rehab start for Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday. The White Sox list Hector Santiago, James Shields and Dylan Covey as this weekend's starters against the Brewers, but Rodon seemingly remains in the picture for Sunday.

"Not at the moment," said Renteria of Rodon. "We're still discussing it.

"Threw well. We're happy with his outing, five innings. We're still discussing how we'll move forward but just a good sign."

Rodon, who had arthroscopic left shoulder surgery last September, has fanned 20, walked two and allowed one run on seven hits over 12 2/3 innings during his three Minor League rehab starts.

Davidson on the mend
Third baseman Matt Davidson is progressing after a small setback this past weekend leading to a disabled list trip for back spasms. Renteria said they won't push him too quickly, but if he feels comfortable, they will continue to move forward.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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