The White Sox made a series of moves as they work toward putting together a 25-man roster. Chicago optioned pitcher Erik Johnson and outrighted pitchers Maikel Cleto and Onelki Garcia to Triple-A Charlotte, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. They reassigned pitcher Jairo Asencio, outfielder Engel Beltre, catcher George Kottaras and pitcher Arcenio Leon to minor-league camp. These moves give the White Sox 28 players left in major-league camp. The 40-man roster is not down to 37.
White Sox outfielder Michael Taylor has retired, MLB.com reports. Taylor saw limited action in four major-league seasons, three with Oakland. He went 7 for 28 in 11 appearances with the White Sox last season. Taylor hit .290/.374/.465 with 108 home runs, 568 RBI and 105 stolen bases in 3,272 at-bats over eight minor-league seasons. The White Sox have replaced Taylor with outfielder Engel Beltre in camp.
The Rangers will not extend a contract offer to outfielder Engel Beltre, according to ESPN. Beltre missed the 2014 season due to a fractured right tibia. Beltre became a free agent after refusing an assisgnment to Triple-A. "He's exploring other options," general manager Jon Daniels said. "We are as well. We haven't closed the door. We haven't made him an offer at this point."
Rangers outfielder Engel Beltre made his minor-league rehab debut Thursday for Triple-A Round Rock, as he begins to work his way back from a leg injury. Beltre, who has yet to play this season due to a fractured right tibia, started in the outfield Thursday before being replaced in the later innings. He went 1 for 4 at the plate in what should be the first game of a 20-day rehab assignment.
Rangers outfielder Engel Beltre (fractured right tibia) will begin a 20-day rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock Thursday. After his rehab assignment, the Rangers will decide whether to add him to the active roster or put him through waivers, per MLB.com.