Morel's stint with Sox likely to be short

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox recalled infielder Brent Morel from Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday to replace Conor Gillaspie, who is on paternity leave.

The former Sox starting third baseman has been trying to work his way back to the major leagues after an injury and poor play resulted in a demotion.

Morel is likely to be sent back to the minors once Gillaspie returns, however manager Robin Ventura left the door open a bit for the third baseman.

“You don’t know,” Ventura said. “As of right now it will probably be while Conor is gone. Again you never know what is going to happen tomorrow.”

Morel had the best month of his career in the major leagues in September 2011 when he hit eight home runs. Since that time a chronic back problem has at times had his career in jeopardy.

The 26-year-old was hitting .280 with five home runs and 40 RBIs in 66 minor league games this season.

“I was hurt a couple times last year and probably tried to come back too early,” Morel said. “I was confident, but nobody knew how to respond it seemed. Just going out every day healthy this year is encouraging. I hope I am back soon.”

Morel is a .230 lifetime hitter in the majors. He has 13 home runs and 53 RBIs in 162 games.