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Fields to play outfield this winter

Dave Wilder, Sox Minor League director:

[Scott Merkin]

"It's something we will discuss later, but [Fields] will play third base and some left field when he goes over to Venezuela. He's taking fly balls right now, and he's a good enough athlete to make that transition."

* And another tidbit: Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf:

[Rick Telander]

''On Sept. 1, we'll bring up players who can help us out. A third catcher, a guy who can steal bases. ... "

Add Jerry Owens to yesterday's list!