White Sox option Carson Fulmer, Aaron Bummer to Class AAA Charlotte
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GLENDALE, Ariz. — The White Sox made four roster cuts Monday, one of them optioning right-hander Carson Fulmer to Class AAA Charlotte, an expected move for the eighth overall draft pick in the 2015 draft.
The Sox also optioned left-hander Aaron Bummer to Charlotte and reassigned outfielder Charlie Tilson and left-hander Colton Turner to minor league camp.
Fulmer, who opened the 2018 season as the team’s fifth starter, has struggled at the major league and minor league levels, posting career ERAs of 6.68 and 5.04, respectively. He made eight starts for the Sox last season, logging just 32 1/3 innings after getting a shot to open in the rotation and posted a 8.07 ERA. In 67 2/3 innings at Charlotte last year, Fulmer pitched to a 5.32 ERA with 41 walks and 70 hits allowed.
Fulmer came to spring training much lighter and made six appearances in Cactus League games, striking out 12 but allowing five walks and 10 hits over nine innings (9.00 ERA). He is expected to work out of the bullpen at Charlotte.
Bummer, who posted a 4.26 ERA over 37 appearances with the Sox last season, had an ERA of 12.00 this spring. He walked seven and allowed 10 hits over nine innings.
The Sox have 41 players remaining in camp with 10 days left before Opening Day. Twenty of the players are pitchers.
Jones’ recent outings ‘unacceptable’
Nate Jones is having a rough spring, and the 33-year-old reliever’s outings have gone from bad to worse.
“The last two outings are unacceptable,” Jones said Monday morning, the day after the Diamondbacks got him for two runs on two walks and two hits including a home run in one third of an inning. “And it’s getting later in the spring.”
Jones (15.43 ERA) faced five batters in the eighth inning of the Sox’ Cactus League game at Salt River Field in Scottsdale, issuing a walk, a homer to prospect Marcus Wilson, another walk and a single before recording a strikeout and then getting pulled. Two days earlier, Jones faced four Cubs and did not record an out, allowing three runs, two on a home run by Wynton Bernard. Jones has allowed 11 hits including four homers over 4 2/3 innings. And he has walked four.
“It’s definitely location,” Jones said. “Missing up with my pitches and not getting ahead, and when you do that hitters make you pay for it. It’s a fairly easy fix. Just get the ball down, get ahead of hitters and attack.”
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Jon Jay (sore hip), who hasn’t played in a Cactus League game since Wednesday, had four at-bats in a minor league game, Renteria said.
*Nicky Delmonico played (as the DH) for the first time Monday since suffering a concussion 11 days ago, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
*Left-handed hitting catcher Zack Collins, the 10th overall pick in the 2016 draft, has been getting time at first base since being sent to minor league camp. Not all scouts are convinced Collins’ future is entrenched behind the plate. Collins batted .234/.382/.404 with 15 home runs and 101 walks at Class AA Birmingham last season.