The Chicago White Sox announced today that they have optioned RHP Scott Carroll and outrighted RHP Jacob Turner to their Triple-A affiliate in Charlotte and four others, infielders Matt Davidson, Leury Garcia and Carlos Sanchez and RHP Tommy Kahnle, were optioned to the Knights yesterday. The major league club’s spring training roster now stands at 29, 13 pitchers, three catchers, seven infielders and six outfielders. The White Sox 40-man roster remains at 37.
Carroll was a third round pick by the Reds in the 2007 draft and signed with the Pale Hose as a free agent on July 12, 2012. He has appeared in 44 games with 19 starts posting a 6-11 mark, 4.50 ERA and 1.47 WHIP with the big club the last two seasons. The 31-year old also spent time with the Knights going 3-1, 1.57 and 7-4, 3.57 in 20 starts with Charlotte.
Turner, 24, made his major league debut in 2011 with the Tigers after being their No. 1 pick, 9th overall, in the draft two years earlier. He was part of a multi-player trade with the Marlins that included such notables as Rob Brantly, Brian Flynn, Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez and in 2014 shipped off to the Cubs for a pair of minor leaguers. He was then claimed off waivers from Chicago on October 27, 2015. Overall, he is 11-25 with a 4.97 ERA and 1.46 WHIP.
Davidson will be returning to Charlotte for a third season in 2016. He came to the organization from Arizona, where he was a first round pick, 35th overall, in the 2009 draft, for Addison Reed on December 16, 2013 and has belted 20 and 23 homers the last two seasons with the Knights. He has 123 career round-trippers in his minor league career. The 25 year old broke into the majors in 2013 with the Diamondbacks hitting .237 with three homers and 12 RBI in 76 at-bats, his only big league experience.
This spring Davidson made a strong case to be on the opening day roster with a .413 average with a pair of doubles, five homers while driving in nine in 46 at-bats. His path back to the majors is a little hamstrung because the ChiSox are loaded at the corner infield spots with Todd Frazier at third and Jose Abreu at first.
“It’s different this time,” general manager Rick Hahn said. “You see a very relaxed player, one who is comfortable in his own skin at the plate and defensively. He’s confident. His swing is much lower maintenance than it has been at any point in his career with us. Frankly, the fact he put himself in the mix for consideration to break with the club shows how far he’s come in a short period of time.”
Sanchez was another surprise cut after playing 120 games for the Sox a season ago. He came to the organization as the player to be named in trade with the Rangers on August 11, 2013 in a deal that sent Alex Rios to Texas. Because Brett Lawrie and Jimmy Rollins have been added to the roster, Sanchez was a man without a position, at least right now, and he will get regular at-bats with the Knights.
He also made a case to stick with an outstanding spring with the bat going 18-for-54 with six doubles and six RBIs this spring. He was cut the day after hitting two homers against the Rockies.
“Some of the acquisitions kind of change the dynamics of the cards you’re going to deal these guys,” manager Robbie Ventura said. “It’s tough. Kid hits two home runs the day before and gets that news. We know he’s a good player. But at 23 he needs to get some at-bats and be ready.”
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