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Wednesday, August 7, 2013
White Sox make call to Charlie Leesman

By Doug Padilla

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox will get another peek at the future Friday when left-hander Charlie Leesman makes his major league debut.

The 26-year-old will complete a whirlwind year from a September knee injury that required surgery to being taken off the 40-man roster, and ultimately his return and big-league promotion.

"We've got good reports on Charlie and let's see what we got," said manager Robin Ventura, who admitted that Leesman was being looked at for a promotion at times last year.

That call up never happened and Leesman ultimately suffered a torn ACL that needed surgery. The injury to the former 11th-round pick in 2008 happened during a playoff game for Triple-A Charlotte.

Leesman finally returned to the Knights in May, but while he was rehabbing, he was designated for assignment to clear a roster spot early in the year. The Cincinnati native helped put all the uncertainty behind him in the 13 starts he made at Charlotte.

He has gone 3-1 with a 3.47 ERA and sealed his fate with a solid seven innings against Gwinnett on Saturday, when he gave up just one run on five hits. Last season, he was 12-10 at Charlotte with a 2.47 ERA in 26 starts.

The White Sox will be playing host to a day-night doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins on Friday. John Danks will get the start in the first game of the day and Leesman will start the finale.

When the Xavier University product takes the mound, it will give the White Sox five left-handed starters with Chris Sale, Danks, Jose Quintana and Hector Santiago.