White Sox recall Oscar Colas from Charlotte

Colas batted .293/.358/.508 with nine homers, 14 doubles and 29 RBI for the Knights. Clint Frazier was optioned to Charlotte.

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The White Sox recalled outfielder Oscar Colas from Charlotte.

The White Sox recalled outfielder Oscar Colas from Charlotte.

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With some major-league scuffling and minor-league corrections and improvements to draw from, Oscar Colas has returned.

The White Sox recalled the Cuban outfielder from Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday and inserted him in right field and the No. 6 spot in the lineup. At 13 games below .500 after a 4-3 loss Tuesday to the Blue Jays, the Sox need a new, improved version of the left-handed-hitting Colas. Anything to inject some mojo into an underwhelming team.

Colas (1-for-4) reached on a fielder’s choice and was caught trying to steal second base in the second inning and reached on a bunt single in the fifth. Andrew Vaughn, Colas and Jake Burger struck out swinging against Jays closer Jordan Romano in the ninth.

Colas had seven home runs in his last seven games for the Knights.

“Oscar has incredible ability; he can help us turn this thing around,” manager Pedro Grifol said. “He has that type of talent.”

Clint Frazier was optioned to Charlotte to make room for Colas, 24, who made his debut on Opening Day but was sent down to the Knights after a slow start. He returns after batting .293/.358/.508 with nine homers, 14 doubles, 29 RBI and 35 runs scored in 48 games with Charlotte.

“They sent me down for a reason, and I think now it was the right decision,” Colas said. “Things happen for a reason, and I’m just glad that I’m back.”

After general manager Rick Hahn signaled in the offseason that Colas would be the Opening Day right fielder, the job was won during spring training. But Colas batted .211/.265/.276 with one homer in 25 games. He had played only seven games at Charlotte last season.

“Basically I just improved my pitch selection,” Colas said. “That was one of the things I struggled with most here. I made progress on that aspect of my game in the minors. And, of course, also control the emotions and the anxiety. As a rookie, I think I was trying to do too much. I was battling with my anxieties. I think I’m in a better position now.”

Colas said his struggles made him feel “overwhelmed.”

“And I just put my head down,” he said. “Now I’m able to just sit down and think about it and analyze what happened or the situation. That helped me to get better.”

Colas found out quickly that pitchers at the big-league level make fewer mistakes, “maybe one mistake per at-bat, and you have to capitalize on those mistakes. If not, you’re going to be in trouble.”

Frazier batted .197 with three RBI in 33 games after signing as a free agent April 28, a few days before Colas was sent down.

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Left-hander Garrett Crochet’s rehab assignment (shoulder soreness) was transferred from Double-A Birmingham to Charlotte. Crochet is building up for multi-inning relief work.

Yoan Moncada (back) isn’t hitting yet, but he’s ramping up other activities and “progressing decently” toward a rehab assignment right after the All-Star break, Hahn said. “But we’ll need him to continue to progress the way he has over the last week for that to happen.”

Liam Hendriks (elbow) isn’t rushing his return from the injured list and could throw off a mound this weekend for the first time since going on the IL on June 11.

Mike Clevinger (biceps) will throw a bullpen session Saturday and would be on target to return for the first or second turn through the rotation after the break.

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