White Sox trim spring roster by eight

Righty Beck, who made 25 appearances with Chicago in 2016, among those demoted

White Sox trim spring roster by eight

With Opening Day a little less than three weeks away, the White Sox announced a series of roster moves Wednesday to trim their Major League camp to 46 players.

Those the club optioned to Triple-A Charlotte included outfielder Willy Garcia, right-handed pitchers Chris Beck and Brad Goldberg, and left-hander Giovanni Soto.

The club also optioned catcher Alfredo Gonzalez to Double-A Birmingham and reassigned to Minor League camp left-hander Aaron Bummer and right-hander Blake Smith.

Goldberg, 27, just completed second-round play in the World Baseball Classic's Pool E in Tokyo for Team Israel, which was eliminated Wednesday following an 8-3 loss to Japan. Goldberg pitched two innings over two outings, striking out two and giving up two hits.

Beck, who ranked as the club's No. 12 prospect in 2015 per MLBPipeline.com, struggled to a 6.39 ERA and 20-17 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 25 1/3 big league innings last year. The 26-year-old has had a tough road since breaking into the Majors, having suffered an ulnar nerve injury after one MLB start in '15.

Beck strikes out Davis

Soto, who was claimed off waivers from the A's in November, was trying to compete for a bullpen spot after spending all of 2016 in the Minors with affiliates for the Indians and Cubs. He was 1-3 with a 5.14 ERA in 33 relief appearances at Triple-A Iowa, striking out 55 and walking 31 in 49 innings.

Garcia, who once rated as Pittsburgh's No. 12 prospect, was claimed off waivers fom the Bucs in January, coming off a 2016 season in which he hit .245/.293/.366 with six home runs and 43 RBIs in 129 games, while striking out 131 times for Triple-A Indianapolis.

Danish, Chicago's second-round pick in 2013 and its current No. 21 prospect, is working his way back from season-ending surgery to his left knee.

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.