The Chicago White Sox have called up pitching prospect Aaron Poreda today from Double-A Birmingham, ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine reports.
Bartolo Colon was put on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to June 8) with patella femoral inflammation in his left knee.
Poreda, 22, first broke the news on his Facebook page. Levine confirmed the move with a source close to the situation.
"I'm very excited," Poreda said on ESPN 1000. "I found out after our game last night. The manager called me into his office.
"It was actually funny. I asked him a couple of weeks ago if I could sing the national anthem at our game, and he said yeah, but our pitching coach said no way. So he started off the conversation by saying, 'Hey, I know you wanted to get a chance to sing the national anthem, but you won't be able to, because you're going to Chicago.'"
The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Poreda is a hard-throwing left-hander. He was the Sox's No. 1 pick, the 25th selection overall, in 2007.
"It's been a very exciting year so far, and it seems like it's just getting better," Poreda said. "I didn't know if I was going to the Padres a couple weeks ago. The deal didn't go through, so I was kind of relieved and still looking forward to coming to Chicago."
Poreda was rated the top prospect in the Sox organization in 2008, and he was ranked third in '09 behind Gordon Beckham and Dayan Viciedo.