Leesman, Harrell among seven White Sox cuts

Leesman, Harrell among seven White Sox cuts

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Prior to Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the Giants, the White Sox made seven roster moves to leave them with 46 players remaining in Major League camp. The team optioned right-handed pitchers Lucas Harrell and Jhonny Nunez to Triple-A Charlotte and reassigned right-handed pitcher Kyle Bellamy, left-handed pitcher Charlie Leesman, catchers Josh Phegley and Jared Price and outfielder Brandon Short to Minor League camp.

The White Sox want Leesman to continue on as a starter, an opportunity not available to him at the big league level. Harrell would stand as the biggest surprise out of these early cuts, in that he was given consideration as a possible fifth-starter replacement for Jake Peavy or in a long-relief role.

"He should be disappointed in himself," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen of Harrell, who gave up six runs on nine hits over 2 2/3 innings in two Cactus League outings. "We gave him the opportunity. We gave him everything.

"We're not going to send you down just because. I don't think we should waste anyone's time here. I don't think we should go home and make this guy hope for an opportunity."

With the moves, the White Sox have 24 pitchers, four catchers, 11 infielders and seven outfielders left in camp.