With just five days until Opening Day, the Sox continue to shape their roster (along with releasing some goodies that will be available for your consumption at U.S. Cellular Field this season).
Today brought the announcement of Gordon Beckham‘s status. Beckham will start the 2014 season on the disabled list, leaving a hole at second base defensively for the Sox. Although Beckham’s one of the best defensive middle infielders in the American League and will miss some time, Sox fans should get to know the names Marcus Semien and Leury Garcia. Semien won the 2013 Southern League Most Valuable Player Award as a member of the Birmingham Barons, the double-A affiliate of the White Sox.
Semien has been crushing the ball in Arizona for the Sox during the spring and earning a roster spot one game at a time. In 71 plate appearances this spring, Semien has hit .348 with a .455 OBP and a .522 slugging percentage.
Semien, along with Garcia, will share time in the lineup to fill in for Beckham, according to Robin Ventura.
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) March 26, 2014
Along with the announcement from Ventura on the Gordon Beckham situation, the Sox also acquired pitcher Javy Guerra off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Guerra, 28, is a 6’1″, 190-pound right-hander from Denton, Texas. He was drafted by the Dodgers in the fourth round of the 2004 Amateur Draft. Guerra’s addition will be (projected) as the seventh arm in the White Sox bullpen to start the season.
Per Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago, Guerra’s addition puts the White Sox 40-man roster at the maximum:
#WhiteSox 40-man roster is now at 40 with addition of Javy Guerra. He is out of minor-league options.
— Dan Hayes (@DanHayesCSN) March 26, 2014
The Sox finish up their 2014 Spring Training slate with a game on Thursday and an exhibition down in Birmingham, Alabama against the Barons, who also won the 2013 Southern League Championship.
With just five days remaining until Chris Sale takes the mound for the Sox against Minnesota, the roster is taking shape and the excitement for baseball in the Windy City continues to build.
Don’t believe me? Get a better look at what will be joining the Sox this season.
A full-size batting helmet full of ice cream for $17. That just screams White Sox Baseball.