White Sox add INF Lopez, make 4 other moves

The Chicago White Sox purchased the contract of infielder Jose

Lopez from Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday and placed backup catcher

Tyler Flowers on the paternity leave list.

Lopez was signed to a minor league contract by Chicago on Aug.

14 after being designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians.

The 2006 AL All-Star is a .262 career hitter over nine seasons.

The 28-year-old was in the starting lineup at third base against

the Orioles. He doubled in his first at-bat and made a fine catch

of a line drive down the line in the bottom of the first

inning.

”He’s a big plus for us,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura

said. ”We’ve been going with quite a few pitchers and we’re only

with three guys on the bench, so this is one of those (moves) that

gets us to a better spot.”

Flowers, meanwhile, is expecting the birth of his first child.

To fill the void behind the plate, the White Sox purchased the

contract of catcher Hector Gimenez from Charlotte. Gimenez hit .259

with Charlotte this season.

”He was good in spring training, so he’s familiar with

everybody,” Ventura said. ”That’s part of the confidence of

bringing him up here.”

Chicago also transferred right-hander Brian Bruney to the 60-day

disabled list and released minor league right-hander Gregory

Infante, who spent more than seven seasons in the organization but

appeared in only five games with the White Sox (in 2010). Bruney

underwent season-ending surgery on Aug. 13 to repair the labrum in

his left hip.