On Tuesday, the Chicago White Sox made a lot of moves that changed things up a bit. We knew there was more coming with September call-ups coming the very next day but the White Sox made six transaction moves. They really are gearing up for the postseason as there are now less than 30 games to go. The team is in good shape as the head down the stretch.
For one, the roster is now expanded from 26 to 28. The thing is, they put Lance Lynn and Tim Anderson on the 10-day IL. They are mostly precautionary so that the team has everyone feeling good before the playoffs. With the two injuries and two extra roster spots, the White Sox have called up Danny Mendick, Matt Foster, Romy Gonzalez, and Gavin Sheets.
The surprise out of those is Romy Gonzalez. He is going to replace Tim Anderson at shortstop at times. This is a feel-good story based on how he got there. Gonzalez was drafted in the 18th round of the 2018 MLB Draft.
There was no Minor League season in 2020 because of COVID-19 so that was supposed to be tough on him and his development. Instead, he switched from being an outfielder to an infielder and became a great hitter in the minors. In AA and AAA, he slashed .275/.357/.525 with 23 home runs. It has been an enchanted run that he wants to see continue into the big leagues.
The White Sox also activated Billy Hamilton off the IL. To make room, they designated Jake Lamb for assignment. It is tough for Lamb because he has had some very nice moments this season. However, there is only so much roster space, and Hamilton’s speed and defensive abilities will be a major asset in the postseason.
The Chicago White Sox will have some options when they head into the playoffs.
When Lynn and Anderson come back, there will be some tough decisions made. Not all of these guys called up are going to stick around so it depends who makes the best impression over the next week or so. With big games coming up against teams that the White Sox should theoretically beat, this is their chance.
It is surprising that Zack Collins wasn’t one of the call ups but they are clearly content with the Yasmani Grandal/Seby Zavala duo right now behind the plate. With the way Grandal is hitting, it is going to be hard to ever keep his bat out of the lineup. Even on his days off, you might see him taking DH at-bats. This is a great team and some big fun is ahead with this group.