The Chicago White Sox announced several roster moves on Monday. The team is now bracing for a future without catcher Geovany Soto.
In a statement released by the Chicago White Sox prior to Monday night’s game, the organization announced they have moved catcher Geovany Soto to the 60-day disabled list. The veteran will have arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow.
Soto has been bothered by pain in his elbow since the beginning of the season. He made his first trip to the disabled list on April 12. After some time off, Soto returned on Aprill 22 and played in just eight games. Once the same elbow pain reoccurred last week, the White Sox placed him back on the disabled list.
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According to the White Sox, Soto’s surgery will take place in Chicago on Tuesday. The reason is to treat debridement with loose body removal on the catcher’s right elbow. The 34-year old is expected to miss a minimum of 12 weeks, meaning he likely won’t return until August. The White Sox have since called up Triple-A catcher Kevan Smith to split time with Omar Narvaez during Soto’s absence.
In addition, the White Sox promoted right-handed pitcher Gregory Infante from Triple-A Charlotte as a replacement for Cody Asche. The struggling left-handed hitter was sent down following Sunday’s series win vs. the Padres. Asche has performed poorly so far this year, hitting .105 with only six hits in 57 at bats.
Infante currently has a 0-1 record with a 2.08 ERA in 13 innings with the Knights. Opponents are hitting .163 against the pitcher, proving he could be a good addition to the White Sox bullpen. This will not be Infante’s first time in Chicago, however, as he had a brief stint on the South Side in 2010. He made five appearances that season, throwing 4.2 innings, giving up no runs, two hits, and four walks.