With Opening Day at U.S. Cellular Field in just 12 days, the White Sox roster is being trimmed down to the maximum 25-man roster. On Wednesday, catcher Josh Phegley was sent to Chicago’s Triple-A affiliate in Charlotte along with pitchers Andre Rienzo and Eric Surkamp. The White Sox also reassigned right-handers Chris Beck and Cody Winiarski to the Sox minor-league camp with infielder Andy Wilkins.
Per Scott Merkin, MLB.com’s beat writer for the Sox, mentioned that the big-league roster sits at 38 as of Wednesday afternoon.
The Sox have seven games left in the spring (not including split-squad games against San Diego and San Francisco on Saturday afternoon). After the spring schedule concludes, the Sox head to Birmingham, Alabama for a game against their Double-A affiliate, the Birmingham Barons.
After Tyler Flowers was basically announced as the starter behind the plate for the Sox on Opening Day over this past weekend, Phegley’s move down to Charlotte was a move most people expected.
You could say the same thing about Andre Rienzo because of where the Sox are seemingly heading with their rotation. With Chris Sale and Jose Quintana at the top, followed by Felipe Paulino (who has had a solid spring), John Danks and Erik Johnson (Baseball America’s #14 rookie prospect in 2014), there’s just no room for Rienzo in the rotation.
In four appearances for the Sox this spring, Rienzo is 0-1 with a 5.63 ERA, eight strikeouts, six walks and a 2.00 WHIP.
The White Sox now have 12 days to trim 13 guys from the roster to make the 25-man limit. These roster moves are a part of every team’s spring, so expect to hear more from Sox camp in the days ahead.