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.
Soto was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to right elbow soreness, CSN's Dan Hayes reports.
This news of right elbow soreness is a bit concerning, as Soto was placed on the disabled list earlier this year with right elbow inflammation. It's unclear if today's scratch is simply precautionary or if the veteran backstop will be forced to miss additional time going forward. He'll be listed as day-to-day until more details become available.
Soto was scratched from the lineup Tuesday against the Twins.
It's currently unknown why Soto was scratched. Omar Narvaez will now get the nod behind the dish in his place, batting eighth.
Soto is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Orioles, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
While Soto gets the day off, the White Sox will send Omar Narvaez behind the plate instead. The veteran catcher will be a good bet to be back in the lineup Saturday when Chicago faces off against right-hander Dylan Bundy.
Soto is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Royals.
Despite a 2-for-3 showing Tuesday night, Soto will head to the bench to honor the timeshare that appears to be forming on the South Side. Omar Narvaez will slot in behind the dish once again.
Soto is out of the lineup Monday against the Royals.
Since returning from an elbow injury that resulted in a brief stay on the disabled list in April, Soto has struggled to get going at the plate, recording two hits in 17 at-bats. It appears he's now fallen into a timeshare at catcher with Omar Narvaez, as the two backstops have alternated starts in the last four games.
Soto is not in the lineup Saturday against the Tigers, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Soto will get the day off after starting each of the last two games. Omar Narvaez, who is riding a three-game hit streak, will take over behind the dish.
Soto is out of the lineup Sunday against the Indians.
Soto returned from the disabled list Saturday and was immediately inserted back into the lineup, going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. Though Omar Narvaez will be behind the plate Sunday, it still looks as though Soto still has the edge in seeing the larger portion of starts in the timeshare, as Narvaez is batting just .174/.269/.174 through 26 plate appearances on the season.
Soto (elbow) has been reinstated from the 10-day DL.
Soto spent only the requisite 10 days on the disabled list while battling elbow inflammation. It's unclear if he'll return to the lineup immediately Saturday against Cleveland, as the White Sox have yet to release their starters, but if he's ultimately held out, Soto would likely be back behind the plate for Sunday's series finale.
The White Sox placed Soto on the 10-day disabled list Thursday with right elbow inflammation, retroactive to April 12, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The backstop had crushed three home runs and gone 4-for-15 to start the year before he was scratched from Wednesday's contest. He's eligible to return April 22, but Soto's outlook remains uncertain until further tests are performed. He's worth stashing in two-catcher fantasy games in the meantime. His absence will open the door for Omar Narvaez to occupy the primary spot behind the plate.
Soto was scratched from Wednesday's game against the Indians with soreness in his right elbow.
Omar Narvaez will take over behind the dish for Soto. With a vague diagnosis, it's unclear how serious the issue is at this point. Consider him day-to-day until the White Sox release more on his status.
Soto is out of the lineup Sunday against the Twins.
Soto had been awarded the previous three starts behind the dish and churned out three homers and five RBI in those contests, so it appears he's vaulted ahead of Omar Narvaez on the depth chart at catcher for the time being. Considering the former Rookie of the Year has barely managed on-base percentages over .300 in the last four seasons, he probably won't warrant an extended look in shallower formats. Of course, he may make for a useful piece in AL-only or deeper two-catcher mixed leagues while he's dialed in at the plate.
Soto is batting eighth and catching in Friday's series opener against the Twins.
Soto receives his second consecutive start after launching two homers and compiling four RBI in Thursday's win over Detroit. The veteran catcher will face right-hander Phil Hughes, who owns a 2.98 career ERA against the White Sox, and act as a battery mate for Derek Holland.
Soto went 2-for-3 with two home runs and four RBI in Thursday's 11-2 win over Detroit. The multi-homer game was his first since 2011 when he was with the Cubs.
Soto gave the White Sox some early breathing room when his three-run homer in the fourth inning gave the home team a 5-1 lead. He's expected to be the backup to Omar Narvaez this season, but should get a couple starts during each rotation. He was the catcher for most of the spring starts made by James Shields, who started Thursday, and Derek Holland.
Soto is in the lineup Thursday behind the plate and batting eighth, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.
The backstop fills in for Omar Narvaez with James Shields on the mound. It'll mark Soto's first action of the 2017 season after he hit .269/.321/.487 and four home runs in 86 plate appearances with the Angels last year.
Soto's contract was purchased by the White Sox on Sunday, MLB.com reports.
Soto was brought on by the White Sox as a non-roster invitee, and despite a .517 OPS this spring, he'll make the roster and share catching duties with Omar Narvaez.
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