Gregory Infante made it back to the big leagues in 2017 after a six-year stretch where he was stuck in the minors, bouncing around between a handful of organizations. In addition to begin a nice story of perseverance, the results were actually pretty good, as he used his mid-90s fastball and hard breaking ball to give the White Sox 54.2 innings of a 3.13 ERA last season. Most notably, Infante kept his walk rate in check (3.3 BB/9), and that change enabled him to avoid another full season touring America's Triple-A cities. He's always had a live arm, but now he appears to have the ability to harness his arsenal more effectively. The White Sox will give him every opportunity to retain his roster spot in spring training, and the team has one of the clearest paths in the entire league for a reliever to take over the ninth inning unexpectedly.
Infante (shoulder) is scheduled to pitch Monday in the White Sox's Cactus League game against the Mariners, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Infante faced hitters Friday during batting practice without incident, prompting the White Sox to clear him for his first appearance of the spring. After a six-year hiatus, Infante returned to the big leagues last season and found success in the second half with the White Sox, emerging as a key piece in an otherwise unimpressive bullpen. Since the regular season is still two and a half weeks away, Infante should have enough time to put in a few more Cactus League outings and secure his roster spot heading into Opening Day.
Infante (shoulder) is expected to make his spring debut early next week after tossing a live batting practice session Friday, Daryl Van Schouwen of The Chicago Sun-Times reports. Infante has been sidelined from participating in any Cactus League outings due to shoulder inflammation but should be back to full health in the near future. The 30-year-old is looking to cement a spot in the White Sox's bullpen after posting a 3.13 ERA and 1.19 WHIP over 54.2 innings of relief with the club last season.
Infante has been slowed by shoulder inflammation this spring, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports. Infante, who is expected to throw a bullpen session Sunday or Monday, appeared in 52 games last season and is looking to secure a spot in Chicago's rebuilt bullpen. In order to do that, the right-hander will need to get back on the field and go full tilt.
Infante retired the only batter he faced to lead off the ninth inning of Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Dodgers. Infante opened the ninth inning with the White Sox leading, 4-2, so this was a save opportunity for a team that finds itself without a true closer at this time. By retiring the first batter of the inning, he picked up a hold but was not given the opportunity to finish out the game as manager Rick Renteria played a matchup game for the rest of the inning. It didn't work out when Aaron Bummer and Jake Petricka combined to allow four hits and three runs. It's uncertain if Renteria will continue to mix-and-match his relievers in save opportunities or try to establish a trusted arm from the flotsam that currently makes up Chicago's bullpen. The 29-year-old Infante has some closing experience in the minors, but his work in Chicago this season -- 4.50 ERA, 4.2 BB/9 -- suggests he's not someone on which fantasy owners should rely.
Infante was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Monday. Infante was added to the White Sox's roster to replace David Robertson, who was placed on the paternity list earlier in the day. The 29-year-old owns a 4.79 ERA and 1.65 WHIP in 20.2 innings with the big club this season. He'll likely be sent back to Charlotte once Robertson rejoins the team, which should be before the weekend.