Health not reason White Sox parted with Jeff Keppinger

Health not reason White Sox parted with Jeff Keppinger
May 14, 2014, 4:15 pm
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OAKLAND — The White Sox say health isn’t an issue for Jeff Keppinger, who was designated for assignment on Wednesday.

Keppinger has been on a rehab assignment at Double-A Birmingham since earlier this month as he worked his way back from a sore right shoulder. But after he stayed at extended spring training to restart a rehab program in April, Keppinger hasn’t missed a game other than when he was given a scheduled day off, general manager Rick Hahn said.

Keppinger, who didn’t recover in time to play the field this spring after season-ending shoulder surgery last September, had a .256/.348/.359 slash line with a homer and four RBIs in 46 plate appearances.

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“He’s good to go,” Hahn said. “He says he’s ready to contribute at the big league level, and the shoulder really shouldn’t be a factor for him. He obviously sort of had to restart that rehabilitation process in the middle of spring, and he was very diligent about it.”

Now that Keppinger has been designated, the White Sox have 10 days to either trade him or release him. Hahn said an abundance of prospects, including Triple-A second baseman Micah Johnson, prompted the club’s decision.