The Chicago White Sox made three roster moves Monday afternoon ahead of a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins. Outfielder Luis Robert will return to the team after suffering a torn right hip flexor in early May. Before Robert went down, he slashed .316/.359/.461 with one home run and eight RBIs across 25 games.
In a corresponding move, the club optioned Gavin Sheets to Triple-A Charlotte. The left-handed hitter got the call to the big-league club on June 29 and made quite an impression. In Sheets’ first 10 games in the majors, he slashed .273/.375/.636 with three home runs and nine RBIs. Sheets cooled off significantly after his hot start and currently owns a slash line of .225/.293/.483. He has six total home runs on the year and 16 RBIs.
To make room on the 40-man roster, the White Sox released outfielder Luis Gonzalez, who is scheduled to receive season-ending shoulder surgery. In 40 games with the Charlotte Knights, Gonzalez is slashing .241/.352/.423 with hit seven home runs and 20 RBIs.
The White Sox continue to inch their way back to full strength with the return of Luis Robert. Catcher Yasmani Grandal isn’t too far behind in his recovery. Once he returns, the White Sox will have their full arsenal of position players back intact.