The White Sox have designated catcher Hector Gimenez for assignment, reports Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com. In a corresponding move, the team will promote fellow backstop Josh Phegley to the big club for tomorrow's game.
Gimenez, 30, saw the most extensive MLB action of his career this season while serving as the backup to Tyler Flowers. While solid behind the dish, Gimenez was struggling at the plate for Chicago with a .191/.275/.338 line over 80 plate appearances.
Though Gimenez has flashed some power over his minor league career, the Sox found it impossible to ignore Phegley's own power breakout in Triple-A. Phegley entered the year as the team's 18th overall prospect according to Baseball America, but his stock has soared in 2013. Back in May, GM Rick Hahn said that Phegley "is showing himself capable of potentially being an impact catcher at the Major League level." In addition to a career-best .316/.368/.597 triple slash over 258 plate appearances, Phegley has mashed 15 home runs for Triple-A Charlotte.