The White Sox have made some more changes to the roster.
This morning, the club announced four roster moves this morning with some improved health:
- Reinstated Mike Clevinger from the 15-day IL
- Returned Elvis Andrus from his injury rehab assignment
- Designated Hanser Alberto for assignment
- Optioned Jesse Scholtens to AAA-Charlotte
The Clevinger move was expected, as he had previously gone on the injured list with right wrist inflammation – due in part to a new slider grip he had been working on. So far this season, Clevigner has started nine games, going 3-3 with a 4.56 ERA. Scholtens, who was optioned with Clevinger’s return, served as a more than adequate fill-in for Clevinger, posting a 3.29 ERA in three appearances (13.2 IP) since Clevinger’s injury.
The less expected move was the decision to designate Hanser Alberto for assignment. With Andrus returning from a strained left oblique, the decision likely came down to whether to option Romy Gonzalez or DFA Alberto. Gonzalez’s latest hot streak likely made the decision for the White Sox, as he has hit .303/.324/.727 with a 181 wRC+ over his last 11 games. Alberto ended the season with the White Sox hitting .220/.261/.390 while playing below-average defense at both second base and third base.
Clevinger’s return has him lined up to start Friday’s series opener against the Detroit Tigers – and the White Sox will need to avoid the embarrassment of losing this series to the Tigers after losing three of four in Detroit last week.
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