The Chicago White Sox purchased the contracts of right-handed pitchers Brian Bruney and Jeff Marquez from Triple-A Charlotte and designated infielder Dallas McPherson for assignment. They also optioned right-handed pitcher Lucas Harrell to Charlotte after a one-game stint with the club. He allowed four runs over 4.0 IP in relief of John Danks against the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday.
Bruney was 1-0 with a 1.31 ERA, seven saves and 30 strikeouts in 19 relief appearances with the Knights in 2011. He was a non-roster invitee coming into spring training but a couple rough outings prolonged his comeback attempt.
I got a chance to chat with Bruney a little in February and he was just happy to have a shot at the big stage again. Only 29 years old, it’s nice to see he’s put in the work to earn another chance at this level after injuries and a couple of down years derailed his career.
Marquez was 3-4 with a 3.97 ERA, including a complete game, in nine starts with the Knights this season. He spent the majority of 2010 with Charlotte, going 8-9 with a 4.48 ERA in 27 games and made one relief appearance with the White Sox.
Marquez was also a hot name coming out of Glendale, as the final roster spot came down to him, Brent Lillibridge and Lastings Milledge. The Sox elected to go with a short bullpen and they’re rectifying it now.
McPherson was 2-15 in 11 games with the White Sox this season.