Tilson was sent down to Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday. Over his past 12 games, Tilson hit just .143 with a .393 OPS with no extra-base hits while serving as a fourth outfielder for the White Sox. With Avisail Garcia (hamstring) and Nicky Delmonico (hand) set to return from the DL in the near future, there wasn't any space for Tilson on the active roster. The club announced that a corresponding move would be made prior to Friday's game against the Mariners.
Tilson is out of the lineup Sunday against the Royals. He'll hit the bench for a second straight day in favor of Adam Engel after starting each of the prior three contests in center field. Neither Engel nor Tilson brings much to the table in terms of offense, with the latter supplying a .623 OPS on the season compared to the former's .584. With that in mind, the playing-time distribution between the two probably doesn't bear watching outside of AL-only formats.
Tilson sat out the first game of Friday's doubleheader, then started the nightcap and went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in a 6-4 win over the Athletics. The White Sox's outfield and lineup improved Friday when both Avisail Garcia (hamstring) and Leury Garcia (knee) were activated off the disabled list, moves that will impact Tilson's playing time. Tilson had been getting regular starts in left field since his promotion from Triple-A Charlotte but was on the bench to start the doubleheader as Leury Garcia started in left. While Tilson's playing time will take a hit, he's done enough with the bat -- he's hitting .368 over his last 12 games -- to remain relevant as a fourth outfielder.
Tilson went 2-for-3 in Thursday's 5-2 loss to Cleveland. Tilson extended his hitting streak to five games while making his 14th consecutive start. The White Sox outfield remains thin due to injuries to Nicky Delmonico (hand), Avisail Garcia (hamstring) and Leury Garcia (knee), so there are opportunities aplenty for Tilson, who is hitting .286 since his callup from the minors. That average is the best among the healthy outfielders currently on the active roster, so expect Tilson to be a nightly fixture until the injured players begin to return.
Tilson will start in left field and bat eighth Sunday against the Brewers. A deluge of injuries in the outfield had opened up starts in left field for the lefty-hitting Tilson in the first two games of the series, with both assignments against right-handed pitchers. It's more surprising that Tilson will remain in the starting nine Sunday with lefty Brent Suter on the mound for Milwaukee, perhaps indicating that White Sox manager Rick Renteria views the 25-year-old as a full-time player for now. With his playing time on the rise, Tilson warrants a look in AL-only formats, and could attract attention in deeper mixed leagues too for owners looking for stolen-base help and batting-average stabilization.