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
”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.