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White Sox designate Hector Noesi, recall Scott Carroll


White Sox designate Hector Noesi, recall Scott Carroll

Hector Noesi was happy to be a member of the White Sox starting rotation earlier this season. He didn’t take his demotion to long man/spot starter nearly as well.

The White Sox designated Noesi for assignment on Thursday and recalled Scott Carroll from Triple-A Charlotte. Noesi -- who is earning $1.95 million this season and eventually lost his spot in the rotation to Carlos Rodon -- went 0-4 with a 6.89 ERA in 10 games (five starts) in a half season full of starts and stops.

The White Sox have 10 days to trade, waive or release, Noesi.

“Just the way the role evolved, it’s a better option for us to have Scotty in that role,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “He’s better suited for that spot. I think for Hector he’s probably more a starter than he is a long relief guy. You end up bringing Scotty back and be able to give Hector that chance that if he can get somewhere else and get a shot at it he can.”

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Noesi started the team’s April 10 home opener. With several early days off, the White Sox skipped the fifth starter and Noesi didn’t pitch again until April 21. His next scheduled start was wiped out by rain, which pushed Noesi back to possibly working in Baltimore, only for the first two games there to be cancelled. Noesi was disappointed to be removed after 73 pitches in his May 2 start in Minneapolis and was hit by a line drive and knocked out of his May 9 outing, at which point Rodon took over. He made two relief appearances in between and on May 25 made his final start, since appearing in three games as a long reliever.

Having pitched in that role for part of 2014, the White Sox feel like Carroll is better suited to handle the unpredictability of the role. They still plan to monitor Rodon’s workload -- though he is scheduled to start Saturday -- which could lead to a start or two for Carroll. Carroll is 1-1 with a 3.12 ERA in 17 1/3 innings this season.

He was optioned to Charlotte during the May 28 doubleheader in Baltimore and fared well for the Knights, going 2-1 with a 2.30 ERA in three starts.

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Demoted so Chris Beck -- who went on the disabled list at Charlotte Thursday with right elbow inflammation -- could start the second game, Carroll isn’t afraid to say he wasn’t happy about the move.

“I haven't been told anything but I imagine (long man/spot starter is) probably what it is,” Carroll said. “It was very disappointing (to go down). I think any time you do a job that you're asked to do and then you perform at that level that you're capable of and what's expected of you and the numbers don't shake out in your way, it's kind of disappointing. But you just have to go with it and keep my innings up and pitch well and get back up here.”

Luis Robert leaves Arizona Fall League game with injury

Luis Robert leaves Arizona Fall League game with injury

White Sox prospect Luis Robert headed to the Arizona Fall League to get more playing time after injuries limited to 50 games in 2018.

He just got hurt in the Arizona Fall League.

Robert is playing with the Glendale Desert Dogs in the AFL and left Friday's game with an injury.

It's not clear what the injury was, but Robert walked off on his own power. He also has pulled out of the Bowman Hitting Challenge (a modified home run derby) that will take place Saturday.

Robert, the No. 4 White Sox prospect and No. 44 overall prospect according to MLB Pipeline, was 1-for-3 in Friday's game before exiting. He has hit safely in all four games in the AFL, going 5-for-17 (.294) with a walk and three strikeouts, but no extra base hits.

The 21-year-old is the third youngest player on the team and the AFL is a respected offseason league for prospects. A good showing from Robert would be a sign that he is beginning to develop his talent into playable tools.

The injury could be minor so no need to ring the alarm bells yet, but the AFL season is barely more than a month long. Even a short-term injury could prevent him from making up for some of the lost playing time from the 2018 minor league season.

Sonny Gray is available: Could he be a one-year stopgap for the White Sox?


Sonny Gray is available: Could he be a one-year stopgap for the White Sox?

The White Sox have a hole or two to plug in their starting rotation. Could Sonny Gray be an answer?

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday that he's looking to trade Gray away from the Bronx this winter.

Gray isn't as attractive an add as he was a few years back, when he was coming off a sensational 2015 campaign that saw him post a 2.73 ERA and log 208 innings. He went to the All-Star Game and finished third in the AL Cy Young vote that year.

Since, he's been less successful. He made just 22 starts with the Oakland Athletics in 2016 and had a 5.69 ERA. The following season, he started with a strong 3.43 ERA in 16 starts for the A's before the midseason trade that sent him to the Yankees, where he made 11 starts with a 3.72 ERA. This season didn't go too well, earning Gray a move to the bullpen. He finished with a 4.90 ERA in 30 games, only 23 of those being starts. He threw just 29.1 innings over his final 10 appearances of the season, three of which were starts. He had a 5.26 ERA with 50 walks in 113 innings as a starter in 2018.

Those numbers won't leap off the page (in a positive way) for anyone, but there's no doubt that a potential deal for Gray would be a low-risk move for the White Sox. For a team looking to add 40 percent of a starting rotation, being able to do so cheaply — be it from a dollar or prospect standpoint — would be a good thing, especially if the strategy ends up being to simply add one-year fill-ins while Michael Kopech recovers from Tommy John surgery and Dylan Cease makes his way to the major leagues.

However, Gray's 57-walk total from the 2018 season could be something the White Sox would want to stay away from. After all, White Sox pitchers led the AL with 653 walks this season. They also had five of the top 21 walk-issuing pitchers in the Junior Circuit: Lucas Giolito led the league with 90, James Shields was third with 78, Reynaldo Lopez was fifth with 75, Hector Santiago was 15th with 60, and Carlos Rodon was 21st with 55. Gray slotted in right ahead of Rodon.

But Gray has obviously produced results in the past, and whether the White Sox are looking to simply plug the holes in the 2019 staff or potentially find a sign-and-flip candidate for the 2019 trade deadline — he's slated to hit free agency after the 2019 season — Gray could fit that bill. One thing's for sure: He's available.