Carroll emerges as rotation possibility


CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox minor-league pitcher Scott Carroll was named the International League pitcher of the week after two dominating starts for Triple-A Charlotte.

In the process, he has quickly emerged as a rotation-replacement candidate in Chicago if struggles from pitchers like Felipe Paulino or Erik Johnson continue. Carroll is not on the White Sox's current 40-man roster.

The 29-year-old right-hander did not allow an earned run over 13 innings last week. On Tuesday, he went six innings against Durham, allowing two unearned runs. On Sunday, he needed just 76 pitches to get through seven scoreless innings against Norfolk.

In three overall outings this season, he has not allowed an earned run. He made his season debut on April 3 and went six scoreless innings against Norfolk. He was not invited to big-league camp this spring, but he did make one appearance in a Cactus League game, giving up one run on two hits over three innings with two walks.

Carroll, who was signed by the White Sox as a minor-league free agent in 2012, missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He first reached the Triple-A level in 2011 with the Cincinnati Reds organization, but has never pitched in the major leagues.

The Kansas City-area native was also a starting quarterback while attending Missouri State University from 2006-07.