Mitchell sent down, Morel to DL

CHICAGO -- Struggling outfielder Jared Mitchell was sent down to Double-A Birmingham after starting the season with a .132 batting average over his first 53 at-bats at Triple-A Charlotte.

After a 32-game stint in Triple-A last year, the White Sox hoped the former first-round draft pick could put together a productive season at the minor league’s highest level and move closer to making his major league debut. Instead he posted a .277 on-base percentage and a .170 slugging percentage in the early going.

Now, the 24-year-old Mitchell will return to Birmingham, where he had 10 home runs, 54 RBIs and an .808 OPS last season in 94 games and 334 at-bats.

In another move at Charlotte, Brent Morel was placed on the disabled list with an undisclosed injury. He last played Monday, striking out in the bottom of the ninth inning. Morel was batting .231 with a .764 OPS over his first 11 games played in Triple-A.

The two moves helped the Knights free up roster space for Blake Tekotte and Josh Bell, who were activated off the disabled list.