Minaya cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday. Minaya threw 27.2 innings for the White Sox this season, recording a 3.90 ERA. However, the ERA estimators suggested regression was coming, as his FIP comes in at 4.66 while his xFIP sits at 5.63. He'll remain in an organizational depth role for Chicago.
Minaya was designated for assignment Saturday. This is the corresponding move for Dylan Covey coming off the injured list. Minaya has a 3.90 ERA in 27.2 innings, but his 4.65 FIP is a better gauge of how he has pitched this season.
Minaya allowed a hit and recorded a strikeout over two innings in Tuesday's 9-5 loss to the Nationals. Minaya has quietly put together a nice season out of the White Sox's bullpen. His two innings Tuesday extended his scoreless streak to nine innings over six appearances, and the right-hander has a 1.17 ERA over 15.1 frames overall in 2019. None of his outings, however, have been in high-leverage spots. While he's not going to threaten Alex Colome for closing duties, Minaya became the temporary closer in 2017 (nine saves) after the White Sox traded David Robertson. If Chicago eventually deals Colome, Minaya is putting together a body of work that could thrust him into a more prominent role.
The White Sox selected Minaya's contract from Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday. Chicago will add Minaya and Caleb Frare to the bullpen to replace Carson Fulmer and Jose Ruiz, who were both optioned to Charlotte following Saturday's 15-2 loss to the Red Sox. Minaya logged 52 appearances out of the White Sox bullpen in 2018, posting a 3.28 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 58:29 K:BB in 46.2 innings.
Minaya allowed a hit and a walk over 1.1 scoreless innings to record his first save of the season in Saturday's 2-0 win over the Orioles. Nate Jones and Jace Fry both pitched the night before, so manager Rick Renteria turned to Minaya instead to close out the game. He's at best third in the pecking order for ninth-inning duty, so don't expect the 27-year-old to get many more save opportunities over the final weeks of the season.