The White Sox have announced a trio of roster moves following the official suspension of Welington Castillo. To account for the opening behind the plate, the club has selected the contract of backstop Alfredo Gonzalez.
Additionally, the Chicago organization announced that infielder Leury Garcia is going onto the 10-day DL with a knee sprain. Taking his spot on the active roster is outfielder Charlie Tilson.
The 25-year-old Gonzalez will get his first shot at the majors after nine seasons of minor-league action. Presumably, he’s viewed as a trusted option behind the dish, as he has not really distinguished himself with the bat. Gonzalez posted a .607 OPS last year at Double-A and is off to a .169/.279/.191 slash with 33 strikeouts in his 105 plate appearances this season for Triple-A Charlotte.
Meanwhile, this’ll represent a notable return to the majors for Tilson, who suffered a significant injury during his debut game in 2016. A series of health problems ended up keeping him out for all of the ensuing season. Tilson has been back in action thus far in 2018, though he has managed only a .248/.288/.298 slash in his 173 Triple-A plate appearances on the year.
Someone has to go from the 40 man roster to make room for Gonzalez. Who?
Castillo doesn’t count on the 40 man while suspended
First overall pick in 2019 …..
I have the Sox 40-man roster full. Any corresponding move for adding Gonzalez?
Yes, Castillo will be placed on the restricted list, which doesn’t count toward the 40-man roster.
Wow. A guy with a .169/.279/.191 slash at AAA is the best they could call up? And people say the Marlins are tanking…
It’s catcher. It’s not like they can call up a better hitter and play him out of position. Look around baseball. There are maybe 5-6 catchers who can hit. How many more do you think exist in the high minors and are ready to be called up right now? Most teams would struggle to replace their starting catcher on a moments notice.
How many backup catchers are good hitters? They are backup catchers for a reason…
Kevan Smith is on the minor league DL. I imagine he’ll take Alfredo’s place on the Sox once he’s healthy.
they should trade for Swihart
wonder how many speed first no power OF this system has. I know it’s likely another month+ still but #freeEloy
really? tilson, Engel, L. Garcia, May.
Beef Welington for Chicken Alfredo.
Knizer has almost displaced Kelly as Molinas future back up. What would be a good trade between cards and Sox for the Sox to get kelly?