The White Sox made several roster moves following MLB’s announcement of Welington Castillo’s 80-game suspension Thursday. Infielder Leury Garcia was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left knee sprain, pitcher Miguel Gonzalez was transferred to the 60-day disabled list and pitcher Dustin Garneau was claimed off waivers from the Athletics and assigned him to Class AAA.
The team also recalled outfielder Charlie Tilson from Class AAA Charlotte and purchased the contract of Alfredo Gonzalez from Class AAA. That’s five moves as part of a busy day.
Gonzalez, 25, effectively serves as the replacement to Castillo on the 25-man roster. The catcher joins a tandem with Omar Narvaez, who will step into the starting role after backing up Castillo for the first part of the season.
Gonzalez was hitting .169/.279/.191 with two doubles and zero homers in 27 games with Charlotte before his promotion, so he probably won’t be known for his bat on the South Side.
Garcia exited the Sox’ last game after injuring his knee while stealing a base. The versatile 27-year-old has a .262/.308/.369 batting line this season. His injury opens the spot for Tilson, a 25-year-old former top prospect who graduated from New Trier.
However, Tilson has struggled at the Class AAA level with a .288 on-base percentage and zero home runs this season. He started in left field, his first MLB appearance since 2016 when he recorded just two at-bats before a devastating hamstring injury ended his season and derailed his career.