An Update On The Confusing White Sox Active Roster

Over the weekend, several changes took place to the White Sox active roster. We were hoping that it would be a slow news period for the south siders since we couldn’t be with you, but now we’re back and ready with an all-inclusive update.

So, here’s what’s happened …

Charlie Leesman optioned to AAA Charlotte after one rough spot start

After Leesman struggled in his start in Detroit against the Tigers earlier in the week, failing to help reserve the bullpen, he was sent back to AAA. Being able to work late into the game was his main task, and since he failed to do that, the club figured they’d give someone else a shot.

But more on that in a second …

Gordon Beckham activated from the disabled list

After battling an oblique injury, Beckham completed a rehab assignment with the Birmingham Barons of AA and proved ready to return. We figured that would mean a demotion for Marcus Semien, who could receive everyday at bats in AAA, Leury Garcia who has successfully filled the utility man role thus far, or Jordan Danks who at the moment is the team’s #4 outfielder.

But that decision was delayed as the team put their everyday third baseman on the disabled list.

Conor Gillaspie placed on the DL with left hand contusion

Gillaspie had already missed a handful of games, so when he was placed on the 15-day DL Saturday it was actually retroactive to Tuesday the 22nd.

Semien can now stay up at least a bit longer, starting every day at the hot corner in Gillaspie’s place. The team obviously feels comfortable playing him there as they already had several times … and he’s looked pretty good given the opportunity.

I’d say it’s most likely Semien is optioned when Gillaspie returns in early May so he’s starting more than a few times per week … but we’ll see. You could also make a solid case for sending Garcia down until Beckham is moved, something pretty much everyone expects at this point.

But the next couple of moves were the real plot twists …

Hector Noesi claimed off waivers

Yes, this is the guy the White Sox scored seven runs off of in the ninth inning of their win in Texas a week ago.

When the news that the club claimed him off waivers from the Rangers, most figured he’d just be another minor league project for Don Cooper and company. Not so much.

He was then activated to the team’s 25-man roster and added to the bullpen. Most likely, he was just brought in to eat up innings out of the ‘pen to save the team’s other relievers’ arms.

I’m sure given how poor that unit has been he could stick if he really impresses, but most likely he’ll be let go in the near future with more roster tweaks sure to come.

This was the first surprising move of the weekend because Scott Carroll was already expected to be called up from AAA to make Sunday’s start, which he was, so somebody else had to be sent down.

Erik Johnson Optioned to AAA Charlotte

This one really surprised most, including yours truly. Johnson came into the year as one of the organization’s top prospects and still very much is. But as Sox’ manager Robin Ventura said, “He just needs to go and get his stuff back, get that competitive stuff that we’ve seen before … He can work on it down there. He’s a good pitcher. He’s young. You don’t expect not to see him for a while. I would expect to see him again pretty soon.”

I’d be shocked if we didn’t see him with the big league club before by the time June rolls around. And hopefully by then, the club has also figured out who their best option for the #5 starter role is while there are spots available.

He’s made five starts for the south siders this season and by my grading scale, he’s been good once, solid twice and struggled pretty badly the other two times out. But even when he has scattered in some success, he’s really struggled with his control.

Throughout his minor league career (43 games, 41 starts) he only walked 2.7 batters per nine innings, so the team feels confident he’ll be able to get himself right in Charlotte and contribute to the big league team again in the near future.

Scott Carroll contract purchased from AAA, added to 25-man

As expected, Carroll was brought up from AAA, as he made his big league debut at the age of 29 on Sunday. More on that performance to follow on …

He fared very well, so he’ll definitely get another turn in the rotation. At this point it’ll either be Andre Rienzo or Carroll keeping a spot when Chris Sale returns from the disabled list.


There’s sure to be more shuffling of the roster in the near future, so we will of course keep you posted on all of that. Until then, we hope this post helps you keep track of where your White Sox are at right now.

Zachary Gropper

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