The Chicago White Sox came into Sunday’s game at 27-30 which is not the record that they wanted after 57 games. However, there is a lot of belief that they will ultimately get it done and win the division by the end of the year.
There is a growing concern with each passing day as they just can’t seem to get on the winning path. They have their series finale on Sunday against the Texas Rangers where there is an opportunity to win it. If they do, it will be their first home series win since April.
Ahead of that final game vs the Rangers, they made five big roster moves. The first one is that they placed Aaron Bummer on the 15-day Injured List (retroactive to June 9th) because of a left lat strain. This explains why he wasn’t available in Saturday’s debacle.
They optioned Davis Martin to AAA Charlotte. This is a strange move because he has been very good in his time with the White Sox. He has certainly been better than some of the other arms in the bullpen. Sending him down because he is a righty is not smart.
It is fair to assume that it is because of his handedness is because of the fact that they recalled Tanner Banks from AAA Charlotte. This is the third movement of the Sunday transactions and it is a strange one. Banks was good at the beginning of the year but seemed to run out of gas.
Yasmani Grandal was hurt in Saturday’s game. We don’t know if he is going to miss a lot of time as it could just be some cramping but they need another catcher to take his place. He won’t hit the IL as of right now but they had to purchase the contract of Seby Zavala from AAA Charlotte.
To make room on the 40-man, they designated Yermin Mercedes for assignment. This is a significant move as Mercedes is probably going to move on. He could find his way back to Charlotte but he is no longer on the White Sox 40-man roster.
The Chicago White Sox made these significant moves on Sunday morning.
It is a significant set of moves but the White Sox needed to make most of them. Hopefully, they are able to just get a bit healthier over the next month and go on a winning streak. This team is good enough to win a lot but they just need to get it going. It starts with this final game against the Rangers.