GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Chicago White Sox made 14 cuts to their roster on Monday, including former No. 1 draft pick Jared Mitchell and right-handed pitcher Nestor Molina, who was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays for closer Sergio Santos in the offseason.
The Sox roster is now at 37 (16 pitchers, four catchers, 11 infielders and six outfielders).
“It’s a tough part of the game,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "You just talk to them and be honest with them.”
Pitchers Anthony Carter, Simon Castro, Deunte Heath, Pedro Hernandez, Charlie Leesman, Jhan Marinez and Donnie Veal and infielder Ozzie Martinez were optioned to Triple-A Charlotte; Molina and pitcher Jose Quintana were optioned to Double-A Birmingham; and catcher Michael Blanke, infielder Tyler Kuhn and outfielders Mitchell and outfielder Trayce Thompson were reassigned to minor-league camp.
Right-hander Jesse Crain is still sidelined with a right-side oblique strain. Crain tried throwing some light tosses at 100 feet on Monday morning, but did not seem that encouraged with the session. Ventura said that he will not be concerned unless Crain isn’t ready to pitch the last week of spring training.
The White Sox will enjoy their lone off-day of the spring on Tuesday. Right-hander Phil Humber will pitch at minor league camp in order to stay on pace for the regular season.