Collins was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte following Monday's game against the Royals. Collins served as the backup catcher behind James McCann during his trip to the big leagues, though he went just 2-for-26 with a homer and three RBI over nine contests. With Welington Castillo (oblique) finishing up his rehab assignment Monday night, the expectation is that he'll be activated from the injured list Tuesday in a corresponding move.
Collins went 1-for-4 with a run scored in Saturday's 13-2 loss to the Athletics. Collins, who made just his fourth start at catcher, reached base safely via a hit for the first time in 24 at-bats. He homered in his first official at-bat June 21 and didn't get another one until his seventh-inning single Saturday. Collins' roster spot is not expected to survive the impending return of Welington Castillo (oblique), which could happen this coming week.
Collins could lose at-bats at designated hitter to the recently claimed AJ Reed, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The left-handed hitting Reed was claimed during the All-Star break and will join the big-league roster for Friday's game at Oakland. Reed's addition, coupled with the news that Welington Castillo (oblique) is nearing a return, likely means the White Sox will want Collins getting regular swings in the minors. The young catcher/DH is 1-for-22 with five walks since being called up to Chicago.
Collins went 0-for-4 in Saturday's 6-5 loss to Texas. Collins made his first MLB start as a catcher Saturday and made a couple of nice tag plays at the plate. While he's up with the White Sox as a replacement for Welington Castillo (oblique), he'll catch a couple of games per week while also seeing time at designated hitter and possibly first base.
Collins started at desginated hitter and went 1-for-5 with a three-run home run in Friday's 5-4 win over the Rangers. Collins, who was making his first career start in MLB, erased an early 2-0 deficit with the homer on his first at-bat in the majors. It was his first official at-bat after he walked as a pinch hitter against the Cubs on Wednesday. Those first two plate appearances are fitting, as Collins has exhibited pop in his bat when not displaying an impeccable eye at the plate in the minors. The young catcher is up with the White Sox while Welington Castillo (oblique) is unavailable. Collins is expected to make his first start at catcher in one of the weekend games in Texas, per Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
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