White Sox remove two from 40-man roster

White Sox remove two from 40-man roster
December 6, 2013, 5:15 pm
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After a pair of subtractions on Friday and the future addition of Ronald Belisario, the White Sox 40-man roster will stand at 38.

A day after they agreed to a one-year, $3-million deal — pending a physical — with Belisario, the White Sox outrighted outfielder Blake Tekotte and first baseman Mike McDade to Triple-A Charlotte.

Tekotte, who had a .226/.306/.355 line with a homer and two RBI in 36 plate appearances with the White Sox, played in 76 games for Charlotte last season. He had a .236/.319/.389 line with four homers, 33 RBI and 12 steals for the Knights.

McDade, who was claimed off waivers from the Cleveland Indians last season, had a .254/.313/.390 line with 10 homers and 46 RBI in 390 plate appearances at Charlotte.

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Belisario brings a 3.29 career ERA in 273 career appearances, all with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He had a 3.97 ERA in 77 games last season.

Once his physical is completed, which could take some time because the right-hander is in Venezuela, the White Sox will have another steady arm in the bullpen alongside closer Addison Reed and fellow late-innings pitchers Nate Jones and Matt Lindstrom.

The removal of McDade and Tekotte gives the White Sox wiggle room for additions as they head into next week’s Winter Meetings in Orlando. The club could add a player in Thursday’s Rule 5 draft as well as any other transactions.