Sep 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox designated hitter Jeff Keppinger (7) hits a single in the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Why Did the Sox Designate Jeff Keppinger?

On Wednesday afternoon, the Chicago White Sox designated Jeff Keppinger for assignment after activating him from the 15-day disabled list.

Keppinger, 34, had been working his rehab assignment with the Birmingham Barons, the Double-A affiliate for the White Sox. The Sox now have 10 days to either trade Keppinger or place him on waivers.

The move hurts the organization’s wallet for now, but will benefit the Sox down the road. CSN Chicago’s Dan Hayes further explained Keppinger’s remaining money situation:

So, why did the Sox designate Jeff Keppinger?

From a depth chart perspective, there isn’t really any space for Keppinger with the big league club. Gordon Beckham‘s was hitting .340 in his last nine games before Tuesday, Alexei Ramirez is playing like an All-Star and Conor Gillaspie has returned from a minor hand issue to provide a strong bat in the middle of the White Sox lineup.

You add in young guns like Marcus Semien and Leury Garcia and anyone could tell that Jeff Keppinger‘s days were numbered on the South Side of Chicago.

The curiosity of this move really began on Tuesday when high-profile Sox prospect Micah Johnson was called up to the Triple-A Charlotte Knights. Johnson had been crushing the ball again for the Barons again this season. In 170 at-bats for Birmingham this season, Johnson’s slash line was an impressive .314/.429/.466.

Baseball’s a youthful game. Other than Alexei Ramirez (32), all the other middle infielders and Conor Gillaspie at third base are under the age of 27. Keppinger will turn 35 next April. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn has only been at the helm for a short period of time, but Sox fans should be happy with the job he has done.

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