The Chicago White Sox announced a trio of roster moves Friday afternoon. The club placed Luis Robert on the paternity list, recalled Mark Payton from Triple-A Charlotte, and transferred Aaron Bummer on the 60-day injured list.
Luis Robert on Dad Duty
Luis Robert, who left the team Thursday for the birth of his child, is now officially on the paternity list. The promising young centerfielder has dealt with a variety of ailments in 2022. Most recently, a wrist injury has kept him out of the starting lineup. He has appeared as a defensive replacement and pinch-runner, however.
In 90 games this season, Robert is slashing .300/.336/.451 with 12 home runs, and 56 RBIs. He is eligible to return after one day but may be out for up to three days.
Welcome To The Show, Mark Payton
With Robert on the shelf, Mark Payton gets the call from Triple-A Charlotte. The 30-year-old is a native of suburban Orland Park and a graduate of St. Rita High School. He attended the University of Texas and was drafted in the seventh round by the New York Yankees in 2014.
Payton has bounced around various organizations but has just 32 plate appearances at the MLB level. He is slashing .289/.365/.522 with 20 home runs and 77 RBIs in 104 games for the Knights this season. The Chicago White Sox hope his left-handed power can carry over to the big leagues.
Aaron Bummer Nearing Return
Aaron Bummer has been on the injured list since June 7 with a lat strain. The lefty began a rehab assignment on Tuesday. Bummer's placement on the 60-day IL Friday is a procedural move for the White Sox. The club could activate him as soon as Saturday.
Bummer carried a 3.06 ERA with 21 strikeouts, and nine holds over 20 games before going on the shelf. He would add much-needed left-handed relief pitching for the Pale Hose for the remainder of the season.