Semien optioned to Charlotte to clear spot for Abreu

Semien optioned to Charlotte to clear spot for Abreu

CHICAGO -- Marcus Semien was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte following the White Sox 4-1 victory Sunday over the Padres. The move was made to make room for Jose Abreu, who will be activated from the disabled list prior to Monday's series opener in Los Angeles.

Semien, 23, did pretty much everything asked of him during his stint to open the season with the White Sox. He played 24 games at third base, 17 at second and one at shortstop -- not to mention all three of Semien's homers gave the White Sox a lead in the seventh inning or later.

With playing time reduced on the infield, Semien having no experience playing the outfield as Leury Garcia does and Semien having options remaining, his move made the most sense as he will get more regular playing time with the Knights. Semien found out the news postgame, but still handled the change with a professional attitude and the same sort of workmanlike focus.

"I never complain playing this game. A lot of stuff can happen. I'll be ready to work in Charlotte," said Semien, who has 28 at-bats since May 7. "I know I did some good things. I also have some things to work on.

"You always have stuff to work on in this game. It's never going to be an easy game. You never have it figured out. I realize that and I'm glad I have the right work ethic and I work hard everywhere I'm at. I'll try to make the most of this new opportunity."

In 43 games overall, Semien hit .218 with 22 runs scored and 18 RBIs.

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