An elbow injury cut Geovany Soto's season short, as he required surgery that ended his campaign in May. Prior to getting hurt, he played in 13 games for the White Sox, hitting .190/.271/.405 in just 48 plate appearances. Now 35, Soto is unlikely to get anything more than a minor-league deal with an opportunity to compete for a roster spot in spring training. Retirement isn't out of the question either, as he hasn't played 80 games in a season since 2012. If he sticks as a backup somewhere, Soto's role will likely be limited to a start or two per week, and while he's still showing the ability to launch long balls at a useful clip (17 in his 344 plate appearances since the start of 2015), the litany of injuries that have cost him time throughout his career makes him a long shot to see more than a brief stretch where he is entrusted with regular starts.
Soto (elbow) will become a free agent after the White Sox declined to exercise his 2018 club option. Soto hit .190/.271/.405 in 13 games with the White Sox before elbow surgery ended his season in mid-May. He'll look to catch on elsewhere as catching depth, though he'll need to prove he's healthy before doing so. His recent injury issues could force him to settle for a minor-league deal.
Soto, who has been sidelined since mid-May following arthroscopic right elbow surgery, remains hopeful to return from the 60-day disabled list before the 2017 season ends, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports. Soto said he's 100 percent recovered from the procedure and has been rehabbing in Chicago so he can serve as a mentor to the team's relatively inexperienced healthy backstops, Omar Narvaez and Kevan Smith. Even so, it's unclear how close Soto is to playing in games, and with the minor-league schedule set to end shortly, Soto could be forced to pick up at-bats in simulated games if the White Sox are serious about activating him before season's end. If he doesn't return in 2017, the 34-year-old Soto, who will be a free agent this winter, said he fully intends to keep playing next season.
Soto (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list after it was announced that he will undergo arthroscopic elbow debridement surgery Tuesday. Although the issue was initially tabbed as a bout of elbow inflammation, it seems that the ailment is much worse than that. The White Sox anticipate Soto to be out for at least 12 weeks, which would put his return date sometime in August at the earliest. Expect Omar Narvaez and Kevan Smith to shoulder the load behind the plate until Soto returns.
Soto hasn't ruled out surgery to address the inflammation in his right elbow, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports. Soto was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday after experiencing a recurrence of loose bodies in the elbow, the same issue that resulted in a trip to the DL in mid-April. The White Sox are still assessing treatment methods for Soto, but if surgery is ultimately deemed the best solution, the veteran backstop could be in store for an extended absence. While Soto is out, Omar Narvaez figures to serve as the team's regular catcher.
Soto was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with right elbow inflammation, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports. The veteran backstop was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to soreness, a troubling sign considering he was on the DL last month with the same injury. Soto missed nine games in his previous DL stint and has appeared in just 13 games this season, where he's racked up a .190 average. Omar Narvaez will, once again, be in line for the lion's share of starts behind the plate.