The early-season injury woes continue for the White Sox with yet another middle infielder hitting the disabled list. This time, it's utility man Angel Sanchez, who hadn't been called upon to do much so far this season, but was/is expected to have an important bench role with the ball club.
It's a lower back strain for Sanchez, an injury we've seen plague Sox infielders in the past (see Crede, Joe & Morel, Brent). It's not yet known how long Sanchez will have to be out, but there's no indication that it's something too serious to worry about for the long haul quite yet.
Since the Sox selected Sanchez in the Rule 5 draft from the Angels, they're obligated to keep him either on the active roster or the disabled list, so you have to keep in mind that this may even just be a very small, nagging injury that he could play through in the minor leagues if he weren't a Rule 5 draftee.
The White Sox have purchased the contract of IF Tyler Greene, who the organization acquired recently, from Charlotte to add him to the 40-man roster and call him up to the big leagues.
At 29 years old, it's probably safe to say that Greene's career didn't go as planned. He was highly touted and given plenty of opportunities with both the St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros. When he didn't get the starting job for this year's Astros, they released him and the Sox picked him up on Opening Day.
Greene has versatility in the field, which is obviously the most important factor when selecting a utility player. In the majors, he's played one game at 1B, 106 games at 2B, 22 games at 3B, 115 games at SS, 3 games in LF, one game in CF, and 10 games in RF.
Though he's only a lifetime .224 hitter, he has shown some pop of late, hitting 28 extra base hits in 2012 in just over 300 at bats. His best average by season was also last year, when he hit .230 (combined in St. Louis, Houston).