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.”