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White Sox DFA Yonder Alonso; Palka recalled

Yonder Alonso, 32, is having the worst season of his career with a .178/.275/.301 hitting line and seven homers.

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The White Sox, who designated struggling first baseman Yonder Alonso for assignment Thursday, recalled outfielder Daniel Palka Friday and made two other moves, including purchasing the contract of 33-year-old left-hander Ross Detwiler.

Detwiler will start the Sox’ game against the Twins Friday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The Sox also placed shortstop Tim Anderson on the 10-day injured list retroactive to June 26 with a sprained ankle.

The parting with Alonso, 32, who is having the worst season of his career, came a couple of days before his charity bowling event Sunday benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago and White Sox Charities.

But Alonso, batting .178/.275/.301 with seven home runs in 251 plate appearances, wasn’t helping the club, and his at-bats are better served by younger players on a rebuilding team. A career .259/.332/.402 hitter with 97 homers and 416 RBI, Alonso hit 28 homers with the Athletics and Mariners and was an American League All-Star in 2017.

The Sox acquired Alonso from the Indians last Dec. 14 for minor-league outfielder Alex Call, a deal viewed as an enticement for free agent Manny Machado, Alonso’s brother-in-law.

The Sox had Machado in mind when they made the deal, but they also had major-league, middle-of-the-order production in mind that they did not get. Alonso never got untracked despite getting — with the exception of brief stays on the bench — repeated opportunities from manager Rick Renteria.

Alonso pinch-hit and hit into a double play with runners on first and third in his last at-bat Wednesday against the Red Sox in Boston.

Alonso, who is getting paid $8 million this season and has a $9 million club option for next season, is owed about $5 million by the Sox, who have a week to trade, outright or release him.

Detwiler is 1-2 with a 3.98 ERA, 35 strikeouts and one complete game over eight starts with Charlotte this season after signing with the White as a minor-league free agent on May 9.

Over 10 major league seasons he has gone 23-42 with a 4.36 ERA including 83 starts with Washington (2007-14), Texas (2015), Atlanta (2015), Cleveland (2016), Oakland (2016) and Seattle (2018).