The White Sox optioned Cody Asche to Triple-A Charlotte. The lefty was battling a woeful .105 with 21 strikeouts in 62 plate appearances.
The Cody Asche experiment is over. After their 9-3 win on Sunday, the Chicago White Sox optioned the 26-year-old infielder to Triple-A Charlotte. The Sox promoted pitcher Gregory Infante to take Asche’s spot on the 25-man roster on Monday.
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Asche played in just 19 games, mostly serving as the designated hitter. However, he didn’t live up to expectations and wasn’t a serviceable option.
He was hitting a terrible .105 with one home run and four RBIs. His on-base percentage was equally woeful at .177 and he struck out 21 times in 62 plate appearances. He did have some successful years with the Phillies. In 2015 he hit .245 with 12 home runs and 39 RBI’s. But the White Sox didn’t get that version.
The decision to bring up a pitcher is not a surprise, considering the injuries they have had to the starting rotation and the workload the bullpen has endured. A fresh arm could take the stress of guys like Anthony Swarzak and Tommy Kahnle. Both of them have made 14 appearances already. If this team wants to be successful, they can’t continue to rely on their bullpen the way they have.
In the end Asche just didn’t produce and became more of a liability in the lineup. It is important for an American League team to get production from their DH, and he wasn’t producing at all. The move allows the organization to take a look at another young pitcher and continue to evaluate what they have in the minors.