Phegley to make Major League debut vs. Rays tonight

Phegley to make Major League debut vs. Rays tonight
July 4, 2013, 6:00 pm
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Newly promoted catcher Josh Phegley will make his Major League debut with the White Sox against the Tampa Bay Rays tonight. Coverage starts on CSN Plus at 6:00pm then flip over to watch the rest of the action after Cubs coverage concludes on Comcast SportsNet.

Let the catcher controversy begin.

The White Sox announced one move Thursday but will make three more on Friday, including the promotion of catcher Josh Phegley from Triple-A Charlotte.

After Thursday’s 3-2 win, the White Sox announced outfielder Jordan Danks has been optioned back to Charlotte.

Manager Robin Ventura said the team would announce a corresponding move before the White Sox open a three-game series at Tampa Bay on Friday.

But the team also designated catcher Hector Gimenez for assignment on Thursday, according to two sources, and will replace him with Phegley.

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Phegley, who on Tuesday was named to the International League’s All-Star team, is hitting .316 with 18 doubles, 14 homers and 40 RBIs in 60 games at Charlotte.

Last month, one member of the front office said Phegley is the best player in the International League this season.

He’ll compete for time with starting catcher Tyler Flowers, who is hitting .208 with eight homers and 22 RBIs in 65 games.

Flowers has struggled this season to ably replace fan-favorite A.J. Pierzynski, who departed the club after eight seasons and signed with the Texas Rangers.

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The White Sox coaching staff has been pleased with the way Flowers has handled the team’s pitching staff, which has a 3.95 ERA.

And though Flowers has benefited from a recent mechanical adjustment behind the plate, he had trouble earlier leading to seven passed balls.

Gimenez served as Flowers' backup, appearing in 26 games this season and starting just 19. He batted .191 with two home runs and 10 RBI.