GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Brent Morel isn’t happy he’s headed to Triple-A but he’s healthy and knows he had plenty of opportunity.
The White Sox third baseman was one of five players cut from major league camp on Tuesday when he and reliever Deunte Heath were optioned to Charlotte.
The team, which has 36 players left in camp, also reassigned reliever Daniel Moskos, starting pitcher Zach Stewart and infielder Carlos Sanchez to minor-league camp.
Although he played in 12 straight games to start the spring, Morel’s fate appears to have been determined when the White Sox acquired Conor Gillaspie from the San Francisco Giants on Feb. 22.
“I don’t think there’s really much to say besides it sucks, it’s not what you’re looking for,” Morel said. “I put in a lot of work and am feeling healthy again for the first time in a long time. Hopefully it translates. I had a good talk with them. They’re really pleased with my attitude and how I’ve been playing, my health. It’s just one of those things where there’s really not enough room right now. I will do what I can to go down there and play for however long it takes, but show them and everybody else that I’m healthy and playing well and kind of go from there.”
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Morel -- who has been healthy all spring after he was limited to 76 games (35 in the majors) with a back injury last season -- had a .216/.256/.378 line in 37 plate appearances. He hit two home runs and drove in three. Even with Gillaspie in camp, Morel had plenty of chances as the team has attempted to slowly break in Jeff Keppinger, who is coming off a broken fibula.
“I think we all got enough opportunity,” Morel said. “I think I played in the first 12 games in a row, no day off and kind of tested me out of the chute, and it’s responded very well. I didn’t have any problems, didn’t miss any games. I felt like I was playing well. I didn’t have some of the results, but I felt good in the box and had good work going in. I think I got a fair enough shot. Its just part of the game.”