The White Sox announced their first round of spring roster moves Wednesday, assigning five players to minor league camp, optioning Gregory Infante to Triple-A Charlotte and adding infield prospect Tyler Saladino to major league camp.
Catcher Damaso Espino, pitchers Brian Omogrosso and Jacob Petricka and outfielders Brandon Short and Delwyn Young were send to minor league camp. There weren't any surprises there -- Petricka's the biggest name of the group, but the 23-year-old hasn't pitched above Double-A yet. Short's move was just a formality, as the outfielder will likely miss the entire 2012 season following surgery to repair a torn labrum.
Infante could've had a chance to win a bullpen job in the majors with an impressive spring, but the generally-wild reliever walked three in two innings, showing little progress in a small sample size.
It's neat to see Saladino get bumped up to major league camp, even if his stay isn't very long. He was regarded by most as the best or second-best position player prospect in the White Sox system, and Buddy Bell even hinted he could help the major league club out sometime this season.
Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.
Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”
Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.
The White Sox released this statement:
Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.
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