Dewayne Wise hurt the White Sox in a trip to New York City in June.
Now general manager Kenny Williams hopes Wise, who was signed to a minor-league deal on Friday, can help before the season is out.
Wise -- who played here from 2008-09 and made a critical catch to preserve Mark Buehrles perfect game -- was released by the New York Yankees Tuesday. He had been designated for assignment earlier in the week and refused and assignment to Triple-A.
Dewayne was having a good year for the Yankees, Williams said. He did a lot of good things for the Yankees, unfortunately some of them were against us. We feel he needs some at-bats because he hasnt played in a while. But we feel at some point he could be part of the equation and help us on the bench.
Wise has a .778 OPS in 63 plate appearances this season.
He is hitting .262 with three home runs, eight RBIs and stole seven bags. Wise hit one of his homers, a two-run shot, in a June 30 win over the White Sox in New York. On June 29, Wise pitched for the Yankees and retired Paul Konerko and Alex Rios during a 14-7 White Sox win.
He also has a 3.9 Ultimate Zone Rating -- a metric which measures runs saved over the average defender at a position -- in 189 23 innings in the outfield.
Wise will report to Triple-A Charlotte. Williams said he didnt know when asked if Wise could join the team before Sept. 1, when rosters expand to 40.