Gillaspie pleasantly surprised to be on Opening Day roster

Gillaspie pleasantly surprised to be on Opening Day roster
April 1, 2013, 11:45 am
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CHICAGO -- Just six weeks ago he didn’t think he’d be here, his path to the majors blocked by reigning World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval.

But today is Opening Day, and sure enough, third baseman Conor Gillaspie is part of the White Sox 25-man roster.

Gillaspie is a little surprised to be in the majors on Monday but he didn’t want to put too much thought into his future with the San Francisco Giants before the Feb. 22 trade.

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The former supplemental first-round pick also noted he appreciates how the Giants moved him early enough to not only secure a job but also to afford him enough time to get comfortable with his new team.

“This game is stressful enough already,” Gillaspie said. “Did I expect to be on an Opening Day-roster? Probably not, especially in the situation I was in. To be over here when I did and get a chance to know the system in spring training, I owe the Giants a big thanks … they could have just as easily held onto me until the last day and gotten rid of me and I wouldn’t have had a job.”

One of three Sox Opening Day first-timers, Gillespie said he’s not sure what to expect, but he’s excited. He joins Dylan Axelrod and Jose Quintana as players making their first appearance on an Opening Day roster.

“I’ve never been in this situation before,” said Gillaspie, who was selected 37th overall in the 2008 amateur draft. “It’s very exciting. It may be a little overwhelming at first, but that’s expected. So I’ll just try to be supportive of everyone in there, be a good teammate and if I’m called upon to get in I’ll do the best I can.”