It was a busy day around BB&T Ballpark on Friday as the Charlotte Knights brought their transaction line to 27 with four roster moves.
The day began innocently enough with Infielder Marcus Lemon being promoted from the Birmingham Barons of the Southern League to the Knights to take the place of infielder/outfielder Leury Garcia who was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to April 28. It was then followed by the activation of RHP Scott Carroll from the DL to bring Charlotte’s roster up to the mandated 25 players. That was before the White Sox reached down to their Triple-A affiliate to call up RHP Tommy Kahnle because Daniel Webb went on the major league DL with right elbow flexor inflammation.
Lemon is an 11-year minor league veteran having played for the Rangers, Braves, Tigers and now White Sox organizations. He was signed by the Pale Hose as a free agent on March 12, 2015 following a stint with the Canberra Calvary of the Australian Baseball League. He spent the entire 2015 season with the Barons hitting .268 in 95 games. This year in Birmingham he was 9-33 (.273) in nine games with a pair of doubles and two RBI. The 27-year old is the son of three-time American League All-Star Chet Lemon who spent seven of his 16 big league seasons in a White Sox uniform.
Garcia, 25, was hitting .275 with a homer and six RBI and five stolen bases in 16 games this season. Last year with the Knights he swiped 30 bases becoming just the 11th player in team history to reach that mark.
Carroll lost his only decision of the year with Charlotte before being placed on the DL on April 11 (retroactive to April 8). In that game he allowed 5 runs (27.00 ERA) and six hits in that April 7 start. He was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 3rd round of the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft from Missouri State. The 31-year old signed with the Sox as a free agent on January 22, 2015.
Kahnle is a 26-year old former fifth round pick by the Yankees in 2010 and came to Chicago in a trade with the Rockies on November 24, 2015 after being taken as a Rule V pick the year before. He will be making his American League debut after seven appearances in Charlotte with no record, a 3.00 ERA and one save.
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