Infielder Sanchez gets chance to stay with White Sox

Infielder Sanchez gets chance to stay with White Sox

CHICAGO -- The White Sox have a rested bullpen coming out of four days worth of inactivity because of the All-Star break. So Carlos Sanchez, who was called up for the first-half's final game, will stay on the roster as a utility infielder.

"For right now, with what happened right before the break with Alexei [Ramirez's back], you're just making sure," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "We have a little flexibility just because starting back up everybody's fresh, so you can keep him up here and have a few more options off the bench. How long? I don't know.

"He can serve as a utility guy. You don't have to force it and get him in there, but if the situation arises and you have a need to use him, you're going to use him."

Sanchez, the No. 10 White Sox prospect per MLB.com, is more of a natural second baseman and looked a little nervous starting at shortstop during the game on Sunday in Cleveland, according to Ventura.

"It was understandable. He came up and [we] hit him right away with, 'You've got to be able to get in there and play,'" said Ventura of the switch-hitting infielder. "That's better than him having to sit around and not play at all. The next couple times in there, if he gets in there, it'll be interesting to see how that goes."

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