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White Sox designate Jerry Sands for assignment

White Sox designate Jerry Sands for assignment

Jerry Sands was part of a number of moves the White Sox made prior to their series opener against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field.

The White Sox announced that Sands was designated for assignment.

In addition, the team optioned Jason Coats back to Triple-A Charlotte, reinstated Melky Cabrera from the Family Emergency Leave List, and added newcomer James Shields to the main roster. Austin Jackson also returned to the lineup after missing six games with a turf toe injury.

During the offseason, the White Sox claimed Sands off waivers from the Cleveland Indians.

One of the reasons the team acquired the 28-year-old infielder was to match him up against left-handed pitchers. Sands has a slash line of .285/.335/.477 in his career against southpaws with six homers and 27 RBIs.

Unfortunately for Sands, he didn’t get many opportunities and didn’t capitalize on the few chances he had.

In 24 games with the White Sox this season, Sands hit .236/.276/.291 with one homer and seven RBIs. Against lefties, he only hit .222/.300/.522, recording four hits in 20 plate appearances.

Even though the numbers weren’t there, it wasn’t because of commitment.

“That’s the probably No. 1 thing that comes from Jerry is the press to get better, whether it’s the 25 guys we have in here or what we are talking about with other clubs throughout the league,” Hahn said.

“Certainly in game he’s very focused on certain areas that we can do better and is not the least bit shy about pointing out to us certain things that we need to improve upon which we then have a pretty healthy exchange about.”

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 1

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Rick Hahn says 'there will be many' promotions for White Sox prospects this week

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Rick Hahn says 'there will be many' promotions for White Sox prospects this week

The White Sox have a number of highly-rated prospects performing well in the minors and some of them will be on the move within the system in a matter of days.

General manager Rick Hahn talked to reporters ahead of Monday night's White Sox game in Cleveland, a 6-2 loss, and gave the news. Well, sort of.

He didn't include names, but he did say that "there will be many" promotions after the minor league all-star games for Double-A and both Single-A teams take place on Tuesday.

Hahn added that Chris Getz, the White Sox player development director, will address the media before the White Sox host Oakland on Thursday about the moves.

If the all-star games are a reason to wait, it's safe to think some of the players involved will be playing in those games. So who could be on the move?

Double-A Birmingham has six all-stars: Eloy Jimenez, Zack Collins, Seby Zavala, Danny Mendick, Dane Dunning and Ian Hamilton. Jimenez is the name everyone wants to see on the move. He has torched the Southern League since getting off to a late start to the season due to injury. Hahn was asked about Jimenez, but didn't tip his hand as to whether he would be one of the promotions.

Dunning has been good in Double-A (2.78 ERA, 65 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings), but was already promoted this season so he may not be on the move again.

Single-A Winston-Salem has five all-stars: Dylan Cease, Luis Alexander Basabe, Joel Booker, Bernardo Flores and Matt Foster. Cease, 22, could be due for a promotion with a 2.89 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings. There's also that outfield logjam the Dash, which won the first-half division title, have had all season.

Other than Basabe and Booker, Blake Rutherford and Alex Call are also noteworthy prospects being forced to split time in the Dash's outfield. If Jimenez is moving up to Triple-A, one or two names from this group could be on the move to take his spot in Birmingham.

This would especially make sense if highly-touted outfield prospect Luis Robert, who was supposed to be in Single-A Kannapolis for a short period before joining the Dash, is ready to move up as planned. Robert is hitting .289/.360/.400 in 13 games with the Intimidators.

Birmingham, Winston-Salem and Kannapolis were all off Monday. The various all-star games will take place Tuesday and the three teams will be off again Wednesday. The promotions could be announced Thursday ahead of Getz's scheduled media availability.