Pair of White Sox headed to AAA Charlotte after clearing waivers

Pair of White Sox headed to AAA Charlotte after clearing waivers

Outfielder Rymer Liriano and left-hander Giovanni Soto were outrighted to Class AAA Charlotte after clearing waivers on Friday.

The moves put the White Sox 40-man roster at 36. The team is expected to add several players to that roster before finalizing the Opening Day roster on Sunday.

Liriano, 25, batted .170 with two homers and six RBIs in spring training.

Soto, 25, was 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA while appearing in two games for the White Sox in spring training.

The White Sox open the 2017 season at home against the Tigers on Apr. 4.

White Sox reward Jacob May with starting job after all-out performance

White Sox reward Jacob May with starting job after all-out performance

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The biggest benefactor of the Peter Bourjos trade is Jacob May, who is set to take over as the White Sox starting center fielder.

The White Sox completed a deal on Tuesday that sent Bourjos to the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations or a player to be named later.

The move not only assures May that he'll be on the Opening Day roster, but the White Sox prospect should see significant playing time with Bourjos out of the picture. Manager Rick Renteria said May's all-out play this spring earned him the opportunity to play at least five days a week. May went 2-for-4 with a run for the White Sox in a 7-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium on Tuesday.

"I don't think it does us any good to bring up a young person like that and just sit him," Renteria said. "He would have to be a person that's going to end up playing a significant amount of time in center field.

"Jacob really ran with (the opportunity) a little bit. Defended really, really well, had some good at-bats."

A third-round pick out of Coastal Carolina in 2013, May has a strong baseball bloodline. His grandfather Lee May blasted 354 home runs in an 18-year career and his great uncle Carlos May was a two-time All-Star for the White Sox. May received congratulations from both on Tuesday morning.

But Jacob May entered camp below Charlie Tilson and Bourjos in the pecking order. Tilson was expected to get the first shot to be the starter until he experienced setbacks in his rehab, which opened the door for May. May said he used his underdog status as motivation and dazzled the White Sox with an array of nice catches and plus speed on the bases. A switch hitter, May entered Tuesday's contest hitting .339/.361/.525 with six extra-base hits and four steals in 61 plate appearances.

"I had nothing to lose," May said. "Honestly I came into this spring feeling personally as a darkhorse in this whole thing. Not someone that is really talked about a lot, which is fine with me. I don't really care about that stuff. It gave me a little chip on my shoulder. People didn't expect too much from me. I know the organization knows what I'm capable of doing, which is all that really matters."

May's performance made the White Sox comfortable enough to move Bourjos. He said initially heard from friends and family after word of the Bourjos deal spread late Monday night. But May didn't officially find out until he was pulled into Renteria's office on Tuesday morning and was informed of his new status.

Though May said the news is bittersweet because Bourjos mentored him this spring and became a friend, he couldn't help but smile.

"It's still kind of a little bit of mixed feelings," May said. "He's one of your friends and a teammate...

"I mean, my whole life I've been dreaming about this. Since I was a little kid, I've been around locker room and around players. It's a little surreal."

Jose Quintana makes most of minor league appearance

Jose Quintana makes most of minor league appearance

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jose Quintana couldn’t replicate the atmosphere of the World Baseball Classic on a back field at Camelback Ranch on Saturday morning. But the White Sox All-Star pitcher did his best to enhance a normally drab environment, especially when compared with a packed stadium and an energetic WBC crowd.

In the midst of a work day against minor leaguers, Quintana emerged from the dugout to greet one of his young teammates with a high-five after he scored on a two-run hit. Quintana, who threw 81 pitches over six innings, said he always tries to connect with the minor leaguers in the White Sox farm system on similar work days.

“I keep doing that because they don’t have too much opportunity to talk with us,” Quintana said. “And when I go there I try to spend good time with them and talk to somebody. It was good. It was fun and I enjoy this time with the minor leaguers.”

Eight days after he dominated Team USA for Colombia, Quintana did his most extensive work since returning to the White Sox. He worked out of the stretch for several innings to get a better feel for his changeup and focus on his quickstep delivery. 

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But Quintana also spent time with young teammates and tried to any questions they might have. Quintana had a similar experience with several teammates when he was a farmhand in the New York Yankees system.

“I remember a couple of guys,” Quintana said. “Phil Hughes was one and (Alfonso) Soriano, (Ivan) Nova. A couple of guys I watched before when I was in minor leagues. Now, I try to be fun with them too.”

As for the work itself, Quintana is pleased. He’s currently in line to pitch again on Thursday, followed by March 28 and April 2. The final assignment falls the day before the regular season starts, which makes it all but certain the White Sox will give Quintana an additional day to rest before he starts on Opening Day (April 3).

“I felt really good,” Quintana said. “Threw the ball well to both sides so. I feel really good. 

“All my stuff worked good.”