BOSTON — The White Sox will expand their active roster by two players on Sunday with the promotions of catcher Bryan Anderson and pitcher Charlie Leesman.
Teams are allowed to expand their active rosters to 40 players on Sept. 1.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura announced Anderson and Leesman would join the club with several more players on the way later in the week.
Ventura hasn’t defined a role for Leesman though speculation is he’s headed to the bullpen. The White Sox have suggested they could go to a six-man rotation in September or ask younger pitchers to make spot starts.
“Right now, he could be in (the bullpen),” Ventura said. “There could be a spot start somewhere. For us, it’s probably more of a spot start, but he’ll start out there first. And if he can find some room for him to work there, that’s probably where it’s going to happen first before he becomes a starter. But I’m not going to just say he’s a reliever.”
Another potential promotion could be the organization’s top pitching prospect, Triple-A right-hander Erik Johnson. Johnson is a 12-3 with a 1.96 ERA in 24 starts this season at Charlotte and Double-A Birmingham.
Anderson is hitting .224 with seven homers and 26 RBIs in 64 games at Charlotte. He previously played 25 games in the majors for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Leesman made his major league debut earlier this month.
He allowed a run, four hits and five walks with eight strikeouts over five innings.
Leesman is 53-31 with a 3.44 ERA in six minor-league seasons with the White Sox.