The White Sox on Saturday placed outfielder J.B. Shuck on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring and recalled right-hander Scott Carroll from Triple-A Charlotte to aid a taxed bullpen.
Shuck injured his hamstring during the White Sox blowout loss to the New York Yankees Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field. If the White Sox need an outfielder due to an injury, utilityman Leury Garcia or third baseman Tyler Saladino could see time there.
Instead of a fourth outfielder, the White Sox brought up Carroll after three relievers and Adam LaRoche had to pick up six innings of work after Carlos Rodon struggled Friday night. With Saturday starter John Danks having a team-high 4.97 ERA and averaging just over 5 2/3 innings per start, and both Daniel Webb and Dan Jennings throwing two innings Friday, Carroll provides some necessary insurance.
But Carroll’s return to Chicago may not last long, with a few signs pointing to Trayce Thompson earning his first promotion to the major leagues.
In since-deleted social media posts, Thompson's brothers, Klay and Mychel, said their younger sibling was on his way to the major leagues.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura alluded to needing to add a true outfielder sooner rather than later, too. In 104 games with Triple-A Charlotte this year, Thompson is hitting .260 with a .744 OPS, 13 home runs and 11 stolen bases.
“Eventually we are going to have to do that,” Ventura said. “Again, the way it has gone the last couple of games, burning through those guys early, you have to cover yourself and Scotty becomes that guy. We are a little light in extra guys.”
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Garcia appeared as an outfielder in 26 games for Triple-A Charlotte this year and said he feels comfortable playing left, center or right if need be.
With Shuck on the shelf, the White Sox lose a player Ventura was comfortable using as a pinch-hitter late in games. Shuck delivered with key hits and RBIs in a number of those situations this year and has a .278/.339/.361 slash line in 112 plate appearances.
“We get in a tight spot at the end of the game and you need a lefty to come off the bench,” Ventura said. “He’s been great at doing that. He had some momentum going in that too, where he felt confident coming in there with a tough at-bat and being able to either start something or knock something in. He’s been that guy for us throughout the year. It’s a tough one to not have for a while.”