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 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.
Infante was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday. Infante has been inconsistent out of the bullpen this season, but he'd been improving lately, having held the opposition scoreless over his last four appearances. Still, he has a 4.79 ERA and 1.65 WHIP, so the White Sox will give him a chance to refine his mechanics down on the farm, calling up right-hander Juan Minaya to take his place on the roster. However, they could certainly turn back to the 29-year-old should the need arise. This season has marked Infante's first in the majors since 2010.
Infante allowed four runs on four hits while striking out one over one-plus innings in Monday's 10-7 win over the Orioles. Thankfully for the White Sox, they had a comfortable lead when Infante entered the game and could absorb the four-run body blow. He's been nothing but a low-leverage reliever since being called up in mid-May and will continue along in that vein until some of the team's injured pitchers make their way back to Chicago.
Infante had his contract purchased from Triple-A Charlotte on Monday. Calling up Infante is the corresponding roster move after Cody Asche was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday. The 29-year-old right-hander hasn't appeared in the majors since 2010, also with the White Sox, but his stellar 2.08 ERA and 11.1 K/9 in 13 Triple-A innings this season could help him succeed in a low-leverage relief role.