CHICAGO -- Another day, and another rookie joins the White Sox. Deunte Heath received the call on Wednesday, as the right-hander replaced Jesse Crain on the active roster. Crain was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to June 24, with a strain in the back of his right shoulder. Heath, 26, gives the White Sox 10 rookies on their 25-man roster, with eight rookie pitchers and six of the seven in the bullpen being first-year hurlers. He posted a 4-2 record with a 1.70 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 42 1/3 innings over 22 games for Triple-A Charlotte.
His last two appearances came as a starter on June 24 at Rochester and Sunday at Pawtucket, covering four innings each. Heath immediately becomes an option to start the first-half finale on Sunday at home against the Blue Jays, with Chris Sale's spot being skipped. "There's a mix of everything on Sunday," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura, who could bring back Wednesday starter Dylan Axelrod on three days' rest as part of that mix. "Everybody is going to be ready on Sunday. Guys have issues going on, so let's take care of it now, and having rookies, that's what we got." "Whatever they need. You can't turn it down, you know," said Heath, who was signed as a free agent on April 22, 2010, and will wear uniform No. 60. "I treat it the same as when I was in the 'pen."