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Sanchez stays as roster move looms

CHICAGO -- Infielder Carlos Sanchez was still on the Chicago White Sox's 25-man roster when the second half began, although that could change soon.

Sanchez was called up Sunday after Alexei Ramirez had to be removed from the previous day's game at Cleveland with a back issue. Long reliever Andre Rienzo was sent down to make room for Sanchez.

The bullpen remained one pitcher short Friday, but that was less of a concern with the relief corps coming off the four-day All-Star break.

"Well, I think for right now, with what happened right before the break with Alexei, you’re just making sure," manager Robin Ventura said of Sanchez sticking around. "I think at this point we’re up here and have a little flexibility just because starting back up everybody’s fresh, so you can keep him up here and have a few more options off the bench. How long? I don’t know."

With Ramirez back in the starting lineup Friday, the White Sox don’t figure to use Sanchez as anything more than a utility player.

"Yeah, coming off the break, obviously, everyone's fresh," general manager Rick Hahn said. "We may as well keep the position player, a guy with a little bit of versatility, and perhaps gives us some legs off the bench until we need that other arm."