White Sox send Morel to Charlotte

Most notable of the five roster moves the Chicago White Sox made Tuesday is the option of third baseman Brent Morel to Triple-A Charlotte.

Also optioned to Charlotte was right-hander Deunte Heath, while left-hander Daniel Moskos, infielder Carlos Sanchez and right-hander Zach Stewart were reassigned to minor-league camp.

The Morel move is far from a surprise. Coming off a lumbar back strain last season that had him on the disabled list for nearly three months, Morel was hoping to force himself on a crowded roster this spring.

He came into camp fit and with a swing that coaches were raving about, but wasn't able to deliver on the field despite numerous chances. Heading into Cactus League play Tuesday, Morel's 18 games were more than anybody in camp. He hit two home runs, but batted just .216 and had as many strikeouts as hits.

With Jeff Keppinger signed this offseason and expected to play third base, Morel's challenge to make the roster already was a big one. When camp started his chances took another hit when the White Sox acquired left-handed hitting third baseman Conor Gillaspie from the San Francisco Giants.

While playing in one less game this spring, Gillaspie has batted .303 with two home runs and 10 RBIs to Morel's three. In fact, Gillaspie is tied with Dayan Viciedo for the team lead in RBIs.

Sanchez, a top infield prospect in the organization, still is aimed for more development. The White Sox had no intention of having him make the major league roster as a utility player, preferring that he gets at-bats every day in the minor leagues so his growth can continue.

Stewart, who was reacquired this winter when he was claimed off waivers, was battling for a potential spot-starter role if John Danks (shoulder) wasn't able to start the season on time. Dylan Axelrod has emerged as the leader for that role, though, if needed.

The White Sox have 36 players remaining in big-league camp leaving them with 11 more moves to make before the season starts April 1 at home against the Kansas City Royals.