The Chicago White Sox made their first roster moves of the spring, reassigning 13 players from big-league camp.
Five players were optioned to Triple-A Charlotte: third baseman Matt Davidson, catcher Adrian Nieto, infielder Tyler Saladino, catcher Kevan Smith and outfielder Trayce Thompson. Two players optioned to Double-A Birmingham were right-handers Raul Fernandez and Michael Ynoa.
The final six players were all reassigned to minor-league camp, with specific minor-league club still to be determined. Those players were infielders Dan Black, Andy LaRoche and Tim Anderson, as well as right-handers J.D. Martin and Tyler Danish, and outfielder Jared Mitchell.
Davidson had just two hits in 14 Cactus League at-bats, while Nieto had just one hit in seven at-bats, and was expected to be headed back to the minor leagues after serving as the White Sox’s backup catcher last season. Saladino and Thompson both were impressive in big league camp with seven hits each.
Andy LaRoche, whose brother Adam is targeted for the cleanup spot in the White Sox’s lineup this season, had two hits in 10 Cactus League at-bats.
The moves leave the White Sox with 51 players remaining in big-league camp: 30 pitchers, four catchers, 11 infielders and six outfielders.