KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- To make room for Chris Sale the White Sox will designate reliever Frank Francisco for assignment on Thursday.
Sale will be activated off the 15-day disabled list and start against the New York Yankees in the opener of a 10-game homestand. Francisco has a 12.27 ERA in four games since he had his contract purchased from Triple-A Charlotte on May 10.
Sale’s return also means that Scott Carroll moves into the White Sox bullpen from the rotation.
Carroll allowed only one earned run in his first two starts but has struggled since then. He has a 6.49 ERA in five starts though that number could be lowered if an appeal on an official scorer’s ruling in Monday’s game is overturned.
Sale’s return also means an extra day of rest for everyone in the White Sox rotation. Hector Noesi will now start on Friday, John Danks will go on Saturday and Andre Rienzo pitches on Sunday.
Francisco had been pitching well in Charlotte before his promotion, striking out 12 batters over eight scoreless innings.
The transaction will leave the White Sox with 39 players on their 40-man roster.