Following Sunday's 4-1 win over San Diego, the White Sox optioned infielder Marcus Semien to Triple-A Charlotte to make room on the major league roster for Jose Abreu, who's eligible to come off the disabled list on Monday.
Semien went 0-3 Sunday, lowering his season slash line to .218/.287/.327. Since Gordon Beckham and Conor Gillaspie returned from the disabled list Semien's starts have been few and far between, but he'll get regular at-bats in the minors beginning Monday.
"I never complain playing this game," Semien said. "A lot of stuff can happen. I’ll be ready to work in Charlotte."
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In his two months with the White Sox, Semien came up with a number of big hits in close games. He had six plays that upped the White Sox chances of winning by at least 30 percent (by the statistic Win Probability Added), with the biggest hit a go-ahead grand slam off Detroit reliever Ian Krol on April 23.
Semien impressed his coaches enough to stay in the majors when Gillaspie returned from the disabled list in May, when the White Sox optioned outfielder Jordan Danks to the minors (leaving the team with only three outfielders at the time).
"Well, I know I did some good things," Semien said. "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 very, 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."