CLEVELAND — In a bit of positive health-related news, Conor Gillaspie is headed out on a rehab assignment as of Saturday night.
One of seven players on the disabled list, the White Sox third baseman said he’d join Triple-A Charlotte at Buffalo for Sunday’s game before he heads back to North Carolina for two more contests. Gillaspie, who has a sore left hand, is eligible to come off the DL on Wednesday.
Off to a .302/.347/.413 start with 12 RBIs in 72 plate appearances, Gillaspie tested his hand in the batting cage on Friday and felt good afterward. He said a 5-6 day quiet period allowed his hand, which was constantly sore after he continued to get jammed by pitches, to recuperate.
“It was just a matter of not doing anything with my hands,” Gillaspie said. “I’m hoping I get in there in a game and it’s fine and never hear about it again.”
“The first day or two (off) is pretty tough. After that you just have to accept it and move on. I tried to do as much as I could, things I was able to do with my hands. I’m kind of passed that point and now its time to get better and get off the DL.”
“I haven’t actually tested it in a game but there’s only one way to find out. At least the pain is gone and doing everyday things, where it started bothering me a lot, just opening doors and things like that. I kind of figured that if I rested it would be better than trying to press through it and being miserable for a month or two.”
Johnson strong at Charlotte
Erik Johnson delivered six scoreless innings at Triple-A Charlotte on Friday, his first start since he was sent to the minors. He struck out six and allowed three hits and a walk. White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Johnson, who had a 6.46 ERA in five starts, is likely in line for at least one more start at Charlotte.
“I would like to see him get the confidence back of attacking the zone,” Ventura said. “He’s got the stuff to be able to do it. Some of it becomes his competitiveness and ability to just compete and throw strikes and be aggressive in the zone. You don’t always need to send somebody down to do that but right now he can gain confidence back and be back up here.”
— Felipe Paulino (rotator cuff inflammation) allowed two runs (one earned) and five hits with a walk in two innings in a rehab start at Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday. Paulino threw strikes on 26 of 46 pitches.
— Jeff Keppinger (sore shoulder) went 2-for-4 in his first rehab game of the season at Double-A Birmingham.